2010-11 Kent State Golden Flashes Men's Basketball Team
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2010%E2%80%9311 Kent State Golden Flashes Men's Basketball Team
2010-11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball
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MAC East Division Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
NIT, Quarterfinals
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2010-11 record25-11 (12-4 MAC)
Head coachGeno Ford
Home arenaMemorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Seasons
← 2009-10
2011-12 →
2010-11 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 12 4   .750     25 12   .676
Miami 11 5   .688     16 17   .485
Ohio 9 7   .563     19 16   .543
Akron + 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Bowling Green 8 8   .500     14 19   .424
Buffalo 8 8   .500     20 14   .588
West
Western Michigan 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
Ball State 10 6   .625     19 13   .594
Central Michigan 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Northern Illinois 5 11   .313     9 21   .300
Eastern Michigan 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
+ Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010-11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team represented Kent State University in the college basketball season of 2010-11. The team was coached by Geno Ford and played their home games at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center as members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division. On March 4, 2011, the team clinched their second-consecutive outright MAC regular season championship by defeating the Akron Zips 79-68 in Kent. It was the first back-to-back regular season titles in the MAC since Miami accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992 and first back-to-back outright titles since Ball State in 1989 and 1990.

Before the season

Roster changes

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kenny Knight
PF
Cincinnati Aiken High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 86
Eric Gaines
SG
Englewood, Illinois Hillcrest High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Mark Henniger
PF
Massillon, Ohio Jackson High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Darius Leonard
PF
Raleigh, North Carolina Kestrel Heights School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Carlton Guyton
SG
Chicago Mineral Area College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
DeAndre Nealy
PF
Detroit Mott Community College 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Michael Porrini
SG
Massillon, Ohio Gulf Coast Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kent State Commit List for 2010". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Scout.com: Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Kent State Basketball Recruiting 2010". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.

Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position College Graduating year
Geno Ford Head Coach Ohio University 1997
Rob Senderoff Associate Head Coach University of Albany 1995
Bobby Steinburg Assistant Coach Middle Tennessee State University 1997
Jordan Mincy Assistant Coach Kent State University 2009
Jaden Uken Director of Operations University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2003

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
*

W    
(1,150)
Regular Season
*

W   1-0
(1,450)
*

W   2-0
(NA)
*

L   2-1
(2,805)
*

W   3-1
(1,496)
*
W  OT 4-1
(3,423)
*

W   5-1
(188)
*
W   6-1
(3,421)
*
W   7-1
(3,351)
*
L   7-2
(3,151)
*
L   7-3
(7,522)
*
W   8-3
(3,183)
*
W   9-3
(3,450)
*
L   9-4
(2,328)
*
L   9-5
(2,862)

L   9-6
(0-1)
(5,019)

W   10-6
(1-1)
(2,543)

W   11-6
(2-1)
(8,022)

L   11-7
(2-2)
(2,112)

W   12-7
(3-2)
(4,135)

W   13-7
(4-2)
(3,310)

W   14-7
(5-2)
(2,842)

W   15-7
(6-2)
(3,921)

W   16-7
(7-2)
(2,756)

W   17-7
(8-2)
(2,169)

L  OT 17-8
(8-3)
(2,173)


L   17-9
(2,534)

W   18-9
(9-3)
(2,363)

W   19-9
(10-3)
(3,127)

L  OT 19-10
(10-4)
(5,125)

W   20-10
(11-4)
(1,751)

W   21-10
(12-4)
(6,327)
Mid-American Conference Tournament


W   22-10
(NA)


W   23-10
(6,174)


L  OT 23-11
(8,926)
2011 NIT
*

W   24-11
(2,443)
*

W   25-11
(3,954)
*

L   25-12
(9,065)
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

After the season

Comments

Following their overtime loss to Akron in the MAC Tournament Championship game, the team was seeded 7th in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, which they automatically qualified for by winning the MAC regular season championship. They played in Moraga, California at 2nd-seeded St. Mary's, and defeated the Gaels 71-70. Kent State next traveled across the country to face 6th-seeded Fairfield, and defeated the Stags in Bridgeport, Connecticut 72-68. The win advanced Kent State to the NIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. In the quarterfinals, they played top-seeded Colorado, and lost to the Buffaloes 81-74 in Boulder, Colorado to finish the season with an overall record of 25-12.

On March 27, Bradley University announced they had hired Geno Ford to become their next head coach.[1]

Awards

On March 7, 2011, head coach Geno Ford was named the Coach of the Year in the Mid-American Conference while Junior forward Justin Greene was named the conference Player of the Year. It was Ford's second consecutive Coach of the Year award and marks the eighth time a KSU coach has won the award (Jim McDonald, 1990; Gary Waters, 1999 and 2000; Stan Heath, 2002; and Jim Christian, 2006 and 2008).[2] Ford also became the fourth coach in MAC history to win back-to-back Coach of the Year awards and won the award by one vote over Miami's Charlie Coles. Greene was the first KSU player since Al Fisher in 2008 to be named Player of the Year and the third Kent State player overall to win the award, joining DeAndre Haynes in 2006. Greene won the award by three votes over Julian Muvunga of Miami and D. J. Cooper of Ohio.[3]

On March 8, Kent State players Michael Porrini and Carlton Guyton were honored by the Mid-American Conference as Porrini was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Guyton was named MAC Sixth Man of the Year. Porrini was the fourth Kent State player to earn the award and marked the fifth Defensive Player of the Year award for Kent State (Demertic Shaw; 2001 and 2002; John Edwards, 2004; and Haminn Quaintance, 2008). Guyton was the third KSU player to win the Sixth Man award, after Anthony Simpson in 2010 and Kevin Warzynski in 2006.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Alexander, Elton (March 27, 2011). "Kent State basketball coach Geno Ford leaving for Bradley". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "MAC Announces Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "MAC Announces Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 7, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Buffalo's McCrea Honored Along With KSU's Porrini, Guyton". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2011. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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