Preview: Flashes back to face UL-Monroe

Jimmy Hall and the Golden Flashes raced past the Yeoman.

The Golden Flashes are in Kent for start of Classic, aim to keep winning ways alive.

Kent State (5-2) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (4-2)

SITE: M.A.C. Center, Kent, Ohio

TIPOFF: 7 p.m. EST





This game is being played in Ohio, but is officially part of the Las Vegas Classic. … Same goes for Saturday’s game vs. Canisius, also at Kent. … After that, the Golden Flashes finally head out to Vegas for a game against Larry Brown and SMU on Tuesday. … They will play another game in Vegas on Wednesday. That opponent is TBD. … As for this particular matchup, coach Rob Senderoff and the Flashes are coming off two straight road wins. … The first was against Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena. … After that, it was at NJIT vs. a team that had won 19 of 21 at home. … In other words, when it comes to other mid-major programs, Kent has to be considered dangerous. … They are led in scoring by forwards Jimmy Hall (16.6 ppg) and Kellon Thomas (13.0). … Hall seems to be getting better with each game, and also averages 8.8 rebounds. … Forward Xavier Pollard is averaging 11.9 points off the bench. … Meanwhile, the Warhawks are coming off wins over Charleston and UL-Lafayette. … They are led by power forward Majok Deng and his 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. … UL-Monroe is coached by Keith Richard, the former Louisiana Tech head coach and LSU assistant.

— Sam Amico