FGCU/KSU PREVIEW

Kennesaw, GA- FGCU (11-5, 1-1 ASUN) looks to get back on track, as they head on the road to face Kennesaw State University (5-8, 0-0 ASUN), Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM, from the KSU Convocation Center.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 77.5 ppg, shoots 45.8% (441/963) from the field, and 35.8% (171/478) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.6 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 16.9 assists, 7.8 steals, and 4.9 blocks per game. The Eagles average 14.6 team turnovers per game.

Stats (KSU):

KSU averages 78.6 ppg, shoots 47.2% (369/781) from the field, and 35.3% (108/306) from beyond the arc. The Owls average 37.2 team rebounds per game. KSU dishes out 15.2 assists, 8.5 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game. The Owls average 14.7 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Players To Watch For (KSU):

6’4 SO G Chris Youngblood 14.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

5’10 JR G Terrell Burden 12.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

6’4 SR G Spencer Rogers 12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Overview:

The Owls head into this game having not played a game since 12/30 vs Tocco Falls due to COVID-19 postponing games vs Liberty and JU. KSU is led by Head Coach Amir Abduh-Rahim, who is in his 2nd season leading the Owls. KSU has a trio of guards scoring more than 12.0 ppg, and a solid group of players. KSU played non-conference games on the road vs Wake Forest, Iowa State, Creighton, and Nebraska. The Eagles went 0-1 vs Kennesaw State last season, losing 80-63 in a game where Terrell Burden (20 pts), Spencer Rodgers (18 pts), Chris Youngblood (13 pts), and Nate Springs (10 pts) scored in double figures. This game was played at Life University last season, and the 2nd game which was supposed to be played the next day was cancelled.

FGCU looks to get back on track after losing a heart breaker on the road at Jacksonville University Saturday night. The Eagles can’t continue to lose games like the one this past weekend, if they are hoping to build off last year’s ASUN Semifinal appearance.

Prediction:

FGCU 71 KSU 65

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