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Time: 7 p.m. ET
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Butler and Kennesaw State have met just one other time, a December 2014 victory for the Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
For the third time in five seasons, the Butler Bulldogs open the season with a different coach than they ended the previous season with. On the surface that reads as incredibly dysfunctional, but obviously it’s not. Circumstances have been in play to explain each coaching change. After three successful years of Chris Holtmann, it’s LaVall Jordan’s turn to lead his alma mater to glory.
The Bulldogs lost Tyler Lewis and Andrew Chrabascz, both who played their roles excellently for Butler, but Kamar Baldwin and Kelan Martin return. It will also be interesting to see who starts at point guard for the Bulldogs. It’s expected to be transfer Paul Jorgensen, but it was a bit of a fluid situation all summer.
Butler should win this game with relative ease. They should beat Princeton as well to end the weekend. Their first real test comes Wednesday when they head to College Park to face Maryland, then head to Portland for PK80 after a brief pit stop against Furman. As is often the case, the Bulldogs are putting their feet to the fire right away, and it’s sink or swim.
Kennesaw State went 14-18 last year but Kendrick Ray’s graduation hurts in a big way, as he averaged 21.2 points per game last year, making him their leading scorer by a wide margin. A player to watch is Nick Masterson, who is their leading returning scorer and shot 53% from beyond the arc last year, second in the nation to Marquette’s Markus Howard.