Owls to rematch against Jackets
by John Bednarowski
July 13, 2013 12:29 AM | 2708 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three years after former Cobb high school stars Spencer Dixon (5) and Glen Rice Jr. faced one another, Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech will resume their series in Atlanta.
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Three years after former Cobb high school stars Spencer Dixon (5) and Glen Rice Jr. faced one another, Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech will resume their series in Atlanta.
Staff file photo
A difficult non-conference schedule just got harder for the Kennesaw State men’s basketball team.

In November or December, the Owls will make a trip into downtown Atlanta to face Georgia Tech inside McCamish Pavilion.

This will be the third meeting between the Owls and Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech won the first meeting during the 2009-10 season — 80-55 in Atlanta — but Kennesaw State returned the favor a year later.

In which still ranks as the biggest win of Kennesaw State’s Division I history, it downed Georgia Tech 80-63 in front of a sellout crowd of 4,700 at the KSU Convocation Center.

This third meeting is the completion of the three-game contract signed prior to the 2009 season. Kennesaw State coach Lewis Preston would like the series to continue, but he said no talks are going on at this time.

Preston’s predecessor, Tony Ingle, and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt were at the helms for the teams’ two previous meetings.

“I will talk with (current Georgia Tech) coach (Brian) Gregory about it after we play them,” Preston said.

Preston also said the previously reported potential games against perennial NCAA tournament teams Cincinnati and Indiana have been finalized. The Owls will travel to Ohio to face the Bearcats on Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

Kennesaw State will then try to give its fan base an early Christmas present when it faces the Hoosiers on Dec. 22.

Indiana was ranked No. 1 for most of the 2012-13 season, while Cincinnati was ranked as high as No. 8.

Preston said the games against Cincinnati and Indiana are one-game contracts. As far as bringing a premier team to the Convocation Center, Preston said “I’m still trying to finalize (games against) the big boys” for future seasons.

The three games highlight a non-conference schedule that also includes trips to Mississippi State and 21-game winner Kent State. It is an ambitious schedule for a team that has gone 6-55 combined in Preston’s two seasons as coach.

The Owls’ non-conference home schedule has the, hosting a four-team tournament with Eastern Kentucky — which beat Kennesaw State 85-71 last season in Richmond, Ky. — Youngstown State and Florida International.

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July 13, 2013
Coach Preston and Coach Lallathin have put together an impressive group of young men! Watch for names like Delbert Love, Willy Kouassi, Nate Rucker, Orlando Coleman, Myles Hamilton, & Nigel Pruitt to lead Kennesaw State to the ASUN championship and their first bid to the NCAA Tournament
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