Kennesaw, GA- FGCU (9-6, 4-4 ASUN) looks to extend their winning streak, as they head on the road to face Kennesaw State University (4-18, 1-13 ASUN), for back to back games, starting Friday February 26th.
KSU averages 65.1 ppg, shoot 41% (515/1244) from the field, and 31% (152/489) from beyond the arc. The Owls average 33.8 team rebounds per game. KSU dishes out 10.9 assists, 5.6 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game. The Owls average 14.3 team turnovers per game.
FGCU heads into this game after a two week layoff due to COVID-19. Previously, the Eagles swept UNA February 5-6 at home before the team had been sidelined.
KSU is in year two of Coach Abduh-Rahim’s system and it is a super young core group of players. KSU had the best recruiting class in the ASUN conference this offseason, and while the record of the Owls is poor, there are plenty of positives when it comes to player development and growth.
KSU is led by 6’4 JR G Spencer Rogers, who is having an outstanding first season with the Owls, and is averaging 16.8 ppg. Rogers absolutely went off in the Owls sole conference win over Stetson, and is impressive and exciting to watch. Four star recruit, 6’4 FR G Chris Youngblood is averaging 12.2 ppg.
The Eagles have to approach this series with KSU intent on winning both games. These ASUN Conference back to back games this year have been tough to sweep since you might catch one team on Friday but they play their best game Saturday so anything is possible. This series is all about seeding for FGCU, and the Eagles need these two games badly, even with the layoff. KSU most likely plays in the “play-in” game vs #8 JU, with the winner facing either the #1 seed which will be either Bellarmine/Liberty after they face off Saturday in Louisville.
Players To Watch For (FGCU):
6’3 SO G Cyrus Largie 13.3 ppg
6’5 JR G Caleb Catto 13.1 ppg
6’3 SR G Jalen Warren 12.5 ppg
Players To Watch For (KSU):
6’4 JR G Spencer Rogers 16.8 ppg
6’4 FR G Chris Youngblood 12.2 ppg
6’7 JR F Alex Peterson 7.1 ppg
FGCU 75 KSU 66
FGCU 74 KSU 67