JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Having won its final two contests of the 2017-18 regular season and locked up a home game in the ASUN Championship, the Jacksonville University men's basketball team looks to make a statement in postseason play. The No. 3 seed Dolphins (14-17, 8-6 ASUN) play host to No. 6 seed Kennesaw State (10-19, 6-8 ASUN) on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. inside Swisher Gym.
Monday's contest can be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida with "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze on the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3, with Scott Bacon and Artis Gilmore calling the action.
LAST TIME OUT
Jacksonville concluded its regular season campaign by defeating North Florida Thursday evening in the River City Rumble to lock up the No. 3 spot in the 2018 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship. Five Dolphins scored in double-figures in the 86-81 victory, with junior Jace Hogan leading the way with 26 points. The victory was JU's first over UNF at home in five seasons, and gave the 'Phins a season sweep over their cross-town rivals for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
"I thought we were much more efficient around the rim in the second half. We didn't turn it over as much. In the first half, I didn't think we did a good job offensively in what we were trying to do. I also don't think we did a good job defending the three-point line." said Head Coach Tony Jasick.
- Redshirt-senior Devin Harris etched his name into the Jacksonville history books in Thursday's win, becoming the first Dolphin to record a triple-double in a game since Kip Stone on Jan. 14, 1995. The Tampa, Fla. native went for 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 16 assists, with the latter good for a career-high. The assist mark ties for the third-most in a game in program history, and was the most by a Dolphin since 1991.
- Jacksonville saw three players earn honors on the ASUN Postseason awards list, following the conclusion of the regular season. Harris became the second Dolphin ever to win Defensive Player of the year, while JD Notae took home Freshman of the Year for the second time in program history. Harris was also tabbed Second-Team All-Conference, while Notae and Jalyn Hinton earned spots on the ASUN All-Freshman Team.
- Following the announcement by ASUN Conference on Saturday, redshirt-senior Cody Helgeland became the second Dolphin ever to be named to the ASUN All-Academic team. The Toccoa, Ga. native holds a 3.70 GPA, and will graduate in May with a degree in Kinesiology.
- Jacksonville is hosting an ASUN Championship Quarterfinal for the second time in the past three seasons, also emerging as the three-seed following the 2015-16 campaign. The Dolphins look to advance in conference tournament play for the first time since 2010, and erase an eight-game losing skid in postseason play.
- The Dolphins have compiled 16 double-doubles on the year between five different players. This total is the most the team has had since at least the 2000-2001 season, and more than the previous three seasons combined (13). Harris, Hogan, Hinton, Notae and Damien Sears have each accomplished the feat this season, marking the most players in at least the last 17 seasons to have done so.
- Through 31 games, there are multiple Dolphins who stand atop or close in several statistical categories in the ASUN. Hogan ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (16.6), and fourth in offensive rebounds per-game (2.3). Hinton leads the ASUN in field goal percentage (64.3), and is tied for second in blocks-per-game (1.0). Notae is seventh in overall scoring (15.7), and third in steals-per-game (1.8). Harris is knotted for first in defensive rebounds (6.2), and second in assists-per-contest (5.3).
SERIES INFORMATION- KENNESAW STATE
Series Record: Jacksonville leads, 16-9
Last Meeting: Kennesaw State won, 78-54, on 2/10/18
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads, 10-3
Record at KSU: Jacksonville leads, 7-6
Record in ASUN Tournament: 0-0, First Meeting
Record in OT: Jacksonville leads, 1-0
Coach Jasick vs. KSU: 3-5
Coach Skinner vs. JU: 4-4
The series was split between the two teams during the regular season, with each winning a contest inside their home gym. JU erased a 12 point deficit on Jan. 11 to pick up a 65-58 victory in the first meeting, while the Owls came out swinging early and never looked back on Feb. 10, en-route to a 78-54 win.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT- KENNESAW STATE
The Owls concluded their 2017-18 regular season with a 10-19 overall record and a 6-8 mark in conference play. KSU dropped its final conference contest to Lipscomb on the road Thursday evening, suffering an 83-74 setback. Three Owls eclipsed double-figures, with senior Nick Masterson leading the team with 30 points. After putting together a four-game winning streak down the stretch, the Owls have now lost back-to-back contests.
Kennesaw State finished the regular season ranked second in the ASUN Conference in field goal percentage, shooting 45.6 percent from the floor. The team averaged the lowest number of three-point baskets in the league per-game, connecting on just 5.2 triples a contest. KSU enters the 2018 ASUN Championship with the second-lowest scoring offense in the league, putting up 72.9 PPG. They are fourth in scoring defense, allowing opponents to 77.3 points a game.
Players to watch:
#21 – Senior guard Nick Masterson – Masterson is second on the team and seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 15.9 PPG. The only Owl to be named to be named Preseason All-ASUN, he leads the conference in both 3-point FG (54.7) and free throw percentage (89.2). Masterson became the first-ever Owl to win ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Saturday, and was also selected to the CoSida Academic All-District Team. He was named the ASUN Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 12.
#3 – Sophomore guard James Scott - The 2016-17 ASUN All-Freshman Team member is tops on the team and fourth in the conference in scoring, putting up 17.0 PPG. Scott has eclipsed double-digit scoring 22 times this season, having done so in seven of the Owls' last nine games.
#4 – Redshirt-sophomore guard Tyler Hooker - Hooker is the third Owl to average double-digit scoring on the team, totaling 10.9 PPG this season. He has reached double-figures 16 times thus far, including six of the last seven games.