Kennesaw State Men’s Basketball Travels to USC Upstate for ASUN Matchup

Owls Sit at 3-3 in ASUN Play
Saturday, January 28
2 p.m. – Kennesaw State at USC Upstate

Location: Spartanburg, S.C. | G.B. Hodge Center
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Game Preview
The Owls travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on USC Upstate. This game will complete the first half of ASUN play and the Spartans are currently one game ahead of Kennesaw State in the standings.
 
Last season, Kennesaw State won both matchups against Upstate.
 
Super Senior
After being named to the ASUN Preseason All-Conference team, Kendrick Ray was selected to the Lou Henson Preseason Watch List. The Lou Henson award goes to the nation’s top mid-major player.
 
Ray is currently second in the ASUN and 11th in the nation averaging 22.2 ppg. He has scored at least 20 points in 15 of the 22 games this season and has four 30-point performances. Last season, he had two 30-point games giving him six for his career.
 
Ray is also one of two players to shoot at least 45.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. Dallas Moore is the other player with these numbers.
 
Freshman Boosting Bench Play
In 13 games, James Scott is averaging 9.1 points per game and has scored in double figures five times in 15 minutes per game. Per 40 minutes of action, Scott is averaging 23.3 points per game. Against North Florida and Jacksonville he was a huge boost off the bench. Against JU, he sparked a 20-2 run to end the half scoring 13 of the 20 points in the run.
 
Against North Florida with the Owls down by four, he scored or assisted on the next 13 points for KSU.
 
Against NJIT, the Owls needed another freshman to step up and Tyler Hooker answered the call. Trailing by one with under three minutes to play, Hooker scored the final nine points for KSU helping them get the 71-65 win over the Highlanders.
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Smart Outside Shooting
Kennesaw State doesn’t shoot a lot of threes, but when they do it’s usually a good shot leading to a high shooting percentage from behind the arc. The Owls lead the nation shooting 44.1 percent going 157-356 from three-point range.
 
In conference play, KSU has been making 8.7 threes per game putting them at the third best mark in the conference. They have made nine threes in all six ASUN games.
 
Battle Tested
The Owls have been in nine games this season that have been within four points.
 
Despite having three losses in conference play, Kennesaw State owns the second best scoring margin in the conference through the six games at +4.5. The three losses have come by a combined eight points against North Florida, FGCU and Lipscomb.
 
Sharing the Ball
In nine of the last 11 games, Kennesaw State has had more assists than turnovers and that has led to success in the win column as KSU is 6-5 in their last 11 games.
 
Six of those games have come during ASUN play where the Owls are leading the conference averaging 17.3 assists per game. In those games, they also have only committed 11.7 turnovers per game giving them a 1.5 assist to turnover rating which also leads the conference.
 

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