The Kennesaw State Owls (1-13, 0-1 Asun), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Stetson Hatters (6-10, 0-1 Asun) to KSU Convocation Center. Action starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Stetson Hatters vs. Kennesaw State Owls ATS Preview
The last time the Hatters played, they lost a close one to the Lipscomb Bisons, 66-63. Stetson’s Rob Perry had a solid performance, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Lipscomb had a free throw rate of 0.319 (above their season average of 0.179). Stetson, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.7 vs. 25.0).
The Owls are trying to rebound after their 76-57 loss to the North Florida Ospreys in their last matchup. Bryson Lockley was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting. North Florida had a turnover percentage of 7.8 (better than their season average of 17.9). Kennesaw State, meanwhile, did an excellent job of making free throws (11-15; 73.3 percent).
Stetson should have an edge on the offensive glass in this showdown. The Hatters are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 78th in offensive rebounding percentage at 32.5 percent. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State ranks 180th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 72.1 percent.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the last game, the Owls won 83-82. The Owls played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.250 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 35.5. The Hatters recorded marks of 0.101 and 32.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Stetson Hatters at Kennesaw State Owls ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Kennesaw State, ATS Winner – Kennesaw State, O/U – Under
Stetson averages 6.6 steals per game, which ranks 116th in the country. Kennesaw State ranks 138th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
The Owls’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 29.8, up from 19.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hatters have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (2.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (2.9 above their season average).