First-year head coach Lewis Preston has had a really tough season at Kennesaw State. Under his command the Owls are now 3-22, and are currently on a 13-game skid with in-state rival Mercer up next on the schedule.
Coach Preston doesn't lack big-time coaching experience. He has been an assistant at Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida and most recently Penn State, and played his college ball at VMI, so he's not a stranger to big-time basketball.
The Owls remain winless in the competitive Atlantic Sun Conference, and the teams around them only seem to be getting better. Preston's KSU squad needs to finish strong to salvage the season in what has been an ugly rebuilding campaign so far.
Kennesaw State has six games left, with four of those on their home court, and they need to win at least half of those games to finish their current disaster on a higher note.
The A-Sun Tournament will not be an option for the Owls this season as they have already been eliminated for inclusion in the event in Macon.
The Owls will take on Mercer at the KSU Convocation Center on Friday night (Feb. 10) at 7p.m. in what has become an outstanding in-state rivalry. A large crowd is expected, and a win would go a long way for the Kennesaw program going forward.
Lewis Preston was hired after the 2010 season to replace the popular Tony Ingle. He became only the fourth head coach in KSU history and the first hire since the Owls moved into Division One.