1. More Likely To Get Attention From Mel Kiper Than Tim Legler. Only one Kent State basketball player is currently in the NBA. That lucky gentleman is Atlanta Hawks backup center John Edwards. KSU's hoops team has produced a slightly more recognizable athlete in the NFL: Chargers' tight end Antonio Gates, who didn't even play football in college. Maybe their basketball players should suit up in helmets and pads. Their football team in the past four years is 14-32.
2. Odds Are Neil Young Never Wrote A Song About Your School. Kent State infamously made national headlines in 1970 when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student demonstrators, killing four. So if you didn't know what Neil Young meant when he sang the lyric "four dead in Ohio," now you do. But while the college may be forever synonymous with those tragic shootings, the basketball team would like to be known for improbable tournament runs. In 2002 — their last NCAA tournament appearance — the Golden Flashes upset teams all the way to the Elite Eight, where they lost to national runners up Indiana.
3. The Golden Flashes? That's A Weird Name. Kent State's mascot, according to their athletic site, is "a topic of debate," meaning it was likely a drug-induced name. Their suited-up mascot is a golden eagle, which isn't as ridiculous. An eagle has nothing to do with a flash, but would you really want their cheers led by a guy in a giant camera suit? Perhaps a better mascot would be Napoleon Dynamite, who bears a striking resemblance to KSU's sixth man Kevin Warzynski. — Matthew Sussman