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Akron vs. Kent State men’s college basketball

The University of Akron and Kent State University men’s basketball teams will renew acquaintances Friday at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Akron is 13-4 overall and tied atop the Mid-American Conference with Toledo with a 5-0 league record. Kent is 9-8 overall and 2-3 in MAC play.

Kent’s Jalen Sullinger, left, and VonCameron Davis, right, go after a loose ball with Akron’s Enrique Freeman in a MAC Tournament semifinal Friday, March 10, 2023, in Cleveland.

“This is a special game,” Akron senior Enrique Freeman said Tuesday. “This rivalry has been going on for so long. I know the last time we played them we didn’t win. They sent us home, so I know we have a lot of energy for Friday.”

Here are five things to know about the matchup between the MAC rivals:

How to watch the Akron vs. Kent State basketball game on TV or livestream

ESPNU will televise the game, which starts at 7. The game also will livestream on ESPN+.

Akron Zips forward Enrique Freeman (25) dunks the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons during the first half on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

Who leads the Akron men’s basketball team?

Akron is set to feature a starting five of seniors Enrique Freeman, Ali Ali, Sammy Hunter, Greg Tribble and Mikal Dawson. Tribble did not finish Tuesday’s game, a 77-66 win over Western Michigan, because of an illness. The Zips will be without regular sophomore starter Nate Johnson, who was sidelined last week with a broken hand in a 76-59 win over Buffalo.

“I think this is going to be a good game,” Ali said Tuesday. “I know we are excited. We just gotta get healthy after getting a little sick as a team, but I think with Kent, it doesn’t matter how you feel for that game. You are going to be ready to play, regardless. It is going to be a tough one to go in there and win at Kent, but that is something we definitely want to do.”

Akron Zips guard Ali Ali stares down Bowling Green guard Trey Thomas during the first half, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Author : Akron Beacon Journal

Publish date : 2024-01-19 11:10:03

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