JU comes into this game with a 6-4 record, 4-4 against D1 competition. Their best win was against Southern Mississippi.
Their leading scorer is ASUN newcomer Dontarius James, who transferred from Xavier. A little-used player when he was a Musketeer, Dontarius is contributing nearly 17 points a game for the Dolphins. ESPN stats has Diante Wood as the second highest scorer for JU, but he has left the team and hit the transfer portal.
Although I don't remember him, Tyreese Davis made the ASUN all freshman team 2 season ago, and sat out last year with a knee injury. He brings 11 points per game to the campaign.
Contending for the all-name team are freshman twins Cameron and Zameron Boozer who see limited action.
So how will we do? The computer rankings (Sagarin and Pomery) as the next team above KSU in the conference. These should be competitive games. The home floor advantage is minimal, but KSU will not have to travel. Both teams have a a similar amount of time away from competition.
Should we lose both, its going to be a tough year. Should we win one, maybe we are in the hunt for a low ASUN tourney seed. Should be we win both, maybe we are showing progress.
I will don my rose colored glasses and predict 2 wins for the Owls, Jax's best wins have come with the help of the now departed Diante Wood, while the Owls seem to be building. The wild card will be to see how each team performs after the holiday break.