Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (14-6, 4-3 ASUN) faces Kennesaw State University (14-6, 6-1 ASUN), Saturday night at 7 PM, from Alico Arena.
KSU averages 75.2 ppg, shoots 46.4% (536/1156) from the field, and 38.5% (175/455) from beyond the arc. The Owls average 34.9 team rebounds per game. KSU dishes out 15.2 assists, 8.8 steals, and 2.9 blocks per game. The Owls average 13.0 team turnovers per game.
FGCU averages 70.6 ppg, shoots 42.9% (492/1148) from the field, and 34.2% (177/518) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 37.1 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 12.9 assists, 6.9 steals, and 3.7 blocks per game. The Eagles average 12.7 team turnovers per game.
3 Players To Watch For (KSU):
6’4 JR G Chris Youngblood 14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
-2022-23 ASUN Preseason All-Conference
-2020-21 ASUN All-Freshman Team
-Ranked 11th-overall leading scorer in the ASUN, averaging 13.9 points per game
-Ranked 10th in made three-pointers in the ASUN with a total of 70
-Led the team in four categories: total points (417), points per game, FG % (47.6%)
5’10 SR G Terrell Burden 12.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
6’8 SR F Demond Robinson 10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):
6’1 SR G Isaiah Thompson 12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg
6’7 JR F Zach Anderson 12.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg
6’3 JR G Chase Johnston (injured Thursday vs JSU) 11.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
FGCU and KSU square off for the first time this season, and the Owls are riding high, winners of their past four games, and have started ASUN Conference play tied for 1st place with Liberty University at 6-1. Chris Youngblood leads the Owls offensively, averaging 14.3 ppg. Head Coach Amir Abduh-Rahim, is in his fourth season leading the Owls. KSU has wins this year vs Lagrange College, Brewton-Parker, Southeastern Louisiana, Appalachian State, Mercer, Charleston Southern, Georgia College, USC Upstate, UCA, EKU, Queens, Jacksonville, UNF, and Stetson this year. Their setbacks this season have come against Florida, Campbell, VCU, San Diego St, Indiana, UNF.
The Eagles continue to be led offensively by Isaiah Thompson, who is averaging 12.9 ppg. FGCU is going to have to put up some points to stay in the game with KSU this weekend, so Head Coach Pat Chambers is gonna want to see an offensive identity that has been missing these last few games in ASUN Conference play. The Owls and Eagles split the regular season series this past year, with both teams winning on their home courts. Beating KSU would bring the Eagles back in the hunt, and one game back on the Owls. Expect Head Coach Pat Chambers to have this team motivated and ready to play Saturday, vs a red hot KSU team.