Team preview: Kent State

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Doug Martin's first season as Kent State coach can be broken down into two parts: the very forgettable first six games when the Golden Flashes went 1-6, and the last four games, which Kent State won by an average of 30 points. The winning streak is Kent State's longest since 1976.

"With the way that we finished the season, we really reinvented our self-image," Martin said. "It's hard to teach a kid how to win. You just have to do it and gain that positive experience."

Now that Kent State has experienced winning, Martin and his staff are looking to build upon it and put together the Golden Flashes' first winning season since 2001.

"We can compete with anyone," Martin said of the MAC. "It's not a talent issue any more, it's a confidence issue and it's a getting-the-job-done issue. If we can start to do those things and win some more games, it's going to get fun around here."

It should also be fun to watch.