FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel near Atlanta to play Kennesaw State University, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 31), in a key Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.
The twinbill will start with the women’s game at 2 p.m. in KSU’s Spec Landrum Centre, followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m.
The 13th-ranked FMU men will face possibly their toughest test of the PBC campaign to date, as the 17-1 Patriots tackle the 17-4 Owls. Both squads are 7-0 in Peach Belt play, marking the first time in conference history two unbeaten squads have met this late in the season. KSU was among the other schools receiving votes in this past week’s Top 25 poll.
Both teams hold two-game leads in their respective divisions: FMU in the North Division and KSU in the South Division. Francis Marion is ranked 26th nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 63.1 points per game, and seventh in field goal percentage defense (opponents are shooting only 37.8 percent). The Owls are one of the PBC’s top scoring offenses, averaging 79.5 ppg.
Kennesaw State leads the all-time series 10-7, including five straight wins over the Patriots. FMU had already matched its win total of the past two seasons combined.
In the women’s contest, FMU (9-7, 3-4) will try to snap a two-game skid when the Patriots play the Lady Owls (12-6, 4-3). KSU features PBC Player of the Year candidate, senior center Denisha Ferguson, who is averaging 19.8 ppg and 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor.