March Madness: 5 Reasons No. 14 Kent State Can Upset No. 3 UCLA

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Kent’s 4 Guards

Made it this far and you’ll have read about how dominant Kent State can be on the glass.

It’s true, the numbers speak for themselves, but Senderhoff decided to sacrifice a little rebounding during the Flashes streak to the MAC title, via

"Kent’s strength is its ability to rebound, but that has been softened during this latest run as the Flashes have turned to a four-guard lineup in an effort to cut down on turnovers."

While Kent made the switch for offensive reasons, perhaps this change can also help on defense. For Kent to have a shot in this one, the Flashes must try to keep UCLA in a half-court offense and there aren’t many teams in the country who’ve had luck doing that this season.

Back toward the end of January, with the Flashes were in need of ending a four-game losing streak. Senderhoff employed a lineup that consisted of sophomore guard Jalen Avery (6-0), freshmen guard Mitch Peterson (6-5) along with senior Deon Edwin. The 6-foot-8 Hall might as well have been a guard, while Danny Pippen wasKent’s big man.

Senderhoff’s stuck with a four-guard lineup throughout the MAC tournament, starting Peterson, Walker, Edwin and Avery as his guards, with the 6-9 Hall as his big forward.

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Chances are you’ll see this lineup against UCLA, as Kent tries to contain the Bruins potent offense.