Scouting Report: Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State brings a 3-9 record to Assembly Hall on Sunday. Learn a little bit more in this Scouting Report provided by AllHoosiers.com staffer Nathan Brown.

Here is a closer look at Sunday's Indiana opponent:

Kennesaw State Owls (3-9):

Last time out:L, 73-55 at Georgia Southern on Wednesday

The Owls fell behind 9-0 early in Wednesday night's game at Georgia Southern, and the deficit grew to as much as 13 points early on. After beginning the half 0-for-10 from the field, Kennesaw State made 11 of their last 20 baskets including six three pointers.

They went into the locker room down just four points 34-30. Junior guard Delbert Love hit a 3-pointer while drawing a foul and made the free throw to tie the game just 25 seconds into the second half.

But two massive runs by Georgia Southern – a 9-0 run after Love's 3-pointer and a 16-1 run towards the end of the game – took Kennesaw State out of contention and gave them a loss 73-55.

2012-13 season:

Record: 3-27, (2-16 in the Atlantic Sun Conference)

Kennesaw State finished 10th out of ten teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings last season – five games behind Lipscomb in ninth. They didn't qualify for the post-season conference tournament.

The Owls began the season 1-11 in non-conference play with their lone win against South Carolina State in the second game of the season.

After two opening losses in Atlantic Sun play, they defeated Mercer 83-75, who finished 14-4 in the conference, earning the No. 1 seed in the post-season tournament. Eight-straight conference losses followed before the Owls defeated Jacksonville 75-68.

What they do well:

The Owls sport three players who have shot at least 30 3-pointers and are shooting over 33 percent from beyond the arc. As a team, Kennesaw State is shooting 33.2 percent (82-of-247) which is slightly better than the Hoosiers' 31.8 percent from outside.

Delbert Love leads the team, shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and averages sinking two threes a game. Yonel Brown follows, shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, and Tanner Wozniak is also a threat, shooting 34.1 percent from distance.

The Hoosiers have defended the 3-pointer well as a team so far this season; their opponents have shot just 28 percent from beyond the arc. Although, the Hoosiers have let a few strong 3-point shooters hurt them, including Syracuse's Trevor Cooney who went 5-for-9 from the 3-point line. On the other end, Oakland's Travis Bader, who came into his team's game against IU the best 3-point shooter in the country, shot 0-for-10 from distance against IU.

Look for the Hoosiers to take a lead early and force Kennesaw State to shoot 3-pointers often. How well they're able to shoot early will determine how long the Owls can stay in the game.

Star players:

G Delbert Love, Jr.

This season, Love is the Owls' leading scorer (10.4 points per game) while only starting one game, the last one against Georgia Southern. He began the season averaging nearly 18 points per game, including a 24-point performance against Florida International.

While averaging nearly 28.5 minutes per game off the bench, Love has taken at least 30 shots more than anyone else on his team, but is only shooting 35 percent from the floor. His 3-point shooting is one of his strengths, where he shoots better than his field goal average at 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Owls are scoring less than 64 points per game, but Love takes the bulk of the shots each game. If he gets hot, he may be able to keep Kennesaw State in the game, especially if the Hoosiers start like how they did against Nicholls State on Friday.

F Orlando Coleman, So.

Coleman is the other player on the Kennesaw State roster, along with Love, averaging double figures in points this season with 10.3. He's gone for more than 20 points twice this season and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Unlike Love, he struggles from beyond the arc, though, knocking down 23.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

The 6-foot-5-inch sophomore is also leading the team in rebounds, pulling down 6.8 per game.


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