Kent leading the way in East

Around the Mid-American Conference East division: Men’s Basketball

Kent State: 16-6 (10-1) – The Golden Flashes are the best team in the MAC this season, and have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a five-game road winning streak. Since losing to BGSU on Jan. 26, Kent has won three straight games, its most recent coming at home against East division rival Akron on Saturday. The Golden Flashes traveled to Toledo last night for a state-wide televised game (FSN) at 7 p.m. against the Rockets (11-9) and will return home Sunday at 1 p.m. against MAC West division leader Northern Illinois (13-7).

KSU Fun Facts: Kent State has the number one scoring offense (71.1 ppg) and number two scoring defense (61.8 ppg) in the entire MAC.

Akron: 16-5 (9-2) – After a tough 63-57 loss at Kent State on Saturday, the Zips will look to rebound this week with a game at home tomorrow against Western Michigan (9-12) and a game on Saturday at Eastern Michigan (5-14).

UA Fun Facts: Akron is second in the MAC in both 3-pointers made per game (7.73) and defense against the three (.33 percent). Lebron James’ high school teammates, guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis, are playing well for the Zips. Joyce is second in the MAC in assists per game with 4.9, while Travis ranks ninth in the conference in scoring with 14.2 points per game.

Miami (OH): 12-8 (9-3) – The RedHawks are currently enjoying a three-game winning streak. Their most recent win came Saturday at Buffalo, 81-74. The Redhawks only have one game scheduled this week, a home contest against Ball State (7-12) on Sunday.

Miami received some great news this week when senior guard William Hatcher won MAC East Player of the Week. During the seven-day stretch, in which Miami played games against both Buffalo and BGSU, Hatcher averaged 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and nine assists per game, including a career-high 11 assists against Buffalo. He added 14 points that afternoon to give him his first double-double. Hatcher shot 47.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line during the week.

Miami Fun Facts: Miami has been frustrating MAC opponents on the glass all season long. The RedHawks lead the MAC in several rebounding categories, including rebounding margin (+5.8), rebounding defense (28.1 per game) and defensive rebounds (25.83 per game).

Ohio: 13-6 (7-4) – The Bobcats, fresh off a double overtime win over BGSU on Saturday, will look to keep the trend going this week with a home game against Northern Illinois on Thursday and an away game against Western Michigan (9-12) on Sunday.

Ohio Fun Facts: Ohio is atop the MAC in a couple of key statistical categories, including steals per game (8.27) and offensive rebounds per game (11.27).

Buffalo: 15-7 (5-6) – The Bulls have been struggling lately, and are trying to bounce back from their current three-game losing skid. Their most recent loss came at home on Saturday against Miami (OH), an 81-74 final. Buffalo’s schedule for this week is completely on the road, with stops at Ball State (7-12) on Tuesday and Central Michigan (3-17) on Saturday. The Bulls have won their last three games against Ball State, but BSU holds a 7-5 advantage all-time.

UB Fun Facts: Senior guard Calvin Cage is fourth in the MAC in scoring with 17.7 ppg while teammate and fellow senior guard Roderick Middleton leads the conference in free throw percentage with .873.