Kennesaw State Men’s Basketball Hosts Lipscomb on Senior Night

Thursday, February 23
7:00 p.m. – Kennesaw State vs. Lipscomb

Location: Kennesaw, Ga. | KSU Convocation Center
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Game Preview
In the final game of the regular season, Kennesaw State hosts Lipscomb on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The Owls sit in a tie for third and Lipscomb is in second place.
 
In the first meeting between the teams, Lipscomb went ahead by three with three seconds remaining in the game to secure the victory on the opening conference weekend.
 
Scenarios
Heading into the final regular season game, Kennesaw State could be seeded as high as three or as low as five after the outcome of tomorrow’s game. If the Owls land a top four seed, it would give them at least one home game in the ASUN tournament that starts Monday, February 27. The scenarios are listed below:

3 seed: Kennesaw State wins, NJIT wins AND Jacksonville wins
4 seed: Kennesaw State wins, NJIT OR Jacksonville wins
5 seed: Kennesaw State loses or Kennesaw State wins, North Florida wins and USC Upstate wins
 
Chasing Records
The three leaders for the Owls have had great seasons and have positioned themsevles to be near the top in Kennesaw State’s record book.
 
Nick Masterson currently is second in the NCAA in three point field goal percentage at 52.9 and if the season ended today, that would be a new ASUN record. The old record was 52.6 set back in 1990-91 season by David Mitchell on Samford.
 
Kendrick Ray has 591 points on the season averaging 21.1 per game. The 591 ppg is most ever during Division I and he’s coming up on second most all time at KSU as Terrence Hill sits in second with 611 points.
 
At 316 rebounds for Aubrey Williams, he is third all time on the KSU list and his 10.9 rebounds per game is second all time.
 
Starting Fast
In the 13 games in ASUN play, the Owls have started out hot outscoring their opponents 487-417 in the first half.
 
They have held a lead at halftime in nine of the 13 games in conference play so far.
 
Hot at the Right Time
Heading down the stretch of conference season, a team always wants to be hitting its stride and the past two seasons Coach Skinner has done just that. In his two seasons as head coach of Kennesaw State, the Owls are 8-4 in February. The team has outscored its opponents 974-871 in those 12 games.
 
Home Sweet Home
Kennesaw State is currently 8-4 in the KSU Convocation Center this season with one game remaining in the regular season at home.
 
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 are third in the nation shooting 42.0 percent from three-point range.
 
Two players have carried the load as Masterson and Ray have made 159 of the 193 three pointers by the team.
 
Setting Up Their Teammates
The Owls are second in the ASUN in assists per game averaging 16.4 through the 13 games.
 
Kennesaw State leads the ASUN in assist to turnover ratio at 1.3 as they average the 16.4 assists per game and 12.2 turnovers per game.
 

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