KENT, Ohio (Ticker) -- Kent State, last year's NCAA Cinderella team, will try to begin a run in the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday when it hosts the College of Charleston at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
The Golden Flashes (21-9) missed out on a chance to go back to the NCAA Tournament when they lost to Central Michigan, 77-67, in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Saturday.
Charleston (24-7) has not played since March 7, when it fell to eventual Southern Conference champion East Tennessee State in the second round of that conference's tournament.
Senior guard Troy Wheless, the Southern Conference Player of the Year, leads the Cougars in scoring at 15.6 points per game, while Thomas Mobley adds 13.7 in the frontcourt.
Senior forward Antonio Gates is the top scorer for Kent State at 20.8 points per game.
Kent State made its last NIT appearance in 2000, while Charleston played in the event in 1996.