By: Eddie Kilroy Jr
Since the return of students to the classrooms on January 19th, 2009, the combined record for the men’s and women’s basketball teams is a perfect record of 6-0. Another observation that can be made is that the combined 6 wins are against MAC opponents (3 victories each). What may go unnoticed, however, is that both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams have respectively moved into 1st and 2nd place in their divisions.The question for debate: Who is on the hotter streak: Men’s or Women’s basketball?
Being a sports reporter for the student media at Kent State allows me to examine each game thoroughly with the least amount of biased that I can possibly give. And although my heart will always go out to the Golden Flashes in hopes for another NCAA run like in 2002, it is difficult for me to truly find any doubt that both teams would not be successful as we approach the MAC tournaments. That’s why I’m leaving the choice up to you bloggers; in hopes you can determine who is more successful.
Of course we do have to breakdown the success of both teams in order to be fair.
First argument: What has the Men’s basketball team done the past 3 games? Aside from being on a 3-game win streak, the Men’s Basketball team seems to have everything clicking on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Men’s Golden Flashes offensively average a whopping 81.6 points per game (high of 89), while holding their opponents to an average of 57.6 points per game (low of 49). Also, at least 7 men have scored double digits at least once in the three game stretch. Justin Greene and Tyree Evans have scored double digits in all three games. If that’s not impressive, the Golden Flashes dominated on the boards with a total of 112 rebounds, compared to the opponents 78. One more thing to add, they pummeled, not beat, pummeled their conference rivals Akron by 17 points and are now tied for first place in their division.
Second argument: What has the Women’s team done the past 3 games? Aside from winning their 3 games, the women’s basketball is on the ultimate rebound from a disappointing Christmas break. The offense is slowly but surely proving to be the pacemaker of the team, as they average shooting a team field goal percentage of 46.6%. Meanwhile, the defense of the Lady Flashes is recapturing its “enforcer” identity, holding opponents to shooting 41.9% on the field. While Senior Guard Rachel Bennett is leading the team emotionally on and off the court, Junior Forward Taisja Jones is leading by example averaging 18 points per game. Although they did lose to rival Akron on the road, the Lady Flashes have silently crept their way back into second-place in the MAC-East standings for women’s basketball.
It’s your call now sports fans, who is playing better now that school is back in session?