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The Colonels (8-9, 0-3 ASUN) have had success against Jacksonville State (9-6, 2-0) recently.

EKU has won three-straight against Gamecocks, highlighted by pair of overtime victories last season — 86-82 in Alabama and 69-66 in Richmond.

A lot, however, has changed — while some things have stayed the same — since the teams last played.

Both schools moved from the Ohio Valley Conference to the ASUN and EKU's roster featured a significant amount of change.

"It's a new year. It's a new team," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said. "I think JSU is one of the top teams in our league. They have the same team they had last year. No one left in the transfer portal."

In a new league, the Colonels and Gamecocks will meet again.

EKU will open a three-game homestand today at McBrayer Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The broadcast is set for ESPN+.

The old rivals find themselves on opposite ends of the ASUN standings after two weeks of conference play. The Colonels are the only winless team in the western division, while the Gamecocks are tied for first place with Bellarmine (8-8, 2-0).

EKU's trio of conference losses have come by a combined total of 13 points.

The Colonels fell to North Alabama, 76-75, on Tuesday in Florence, Ala. Devontae Blanton put up a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, but couldn't get it to fall.

"Give them credit. They made the plays at the end," Hamilton said of UNA. "I'm proud of our guys though."

The Colonels were 11-of-17 from the free throw line. In three ASUN games, EKU is 25-of-39 at the line. EKU is also shooting just 30 percent from three-point range in league games (27-of-90).

"We are just leaving points out there," Hamilton said. "This is multiple games in a row where we haven't hit our free throws."

Russhard Cruickshank and Jomaru Brown each scored 14 points against the Lions. Jannson Williams and Devontae Blanton pulled down 10 rebounds each against UNA.

The Colonels are second in the nation in steals (192), third in steals per game (11.29/game), fourth in turnovers forced (19.18) and fifth in turnover margin (+6.18).

EKU is first in the ASUN, and 12th in the country, with an average of 14 offensive rebounds per game. The Colonels are 12th in the country in total assists (275) and 42nd in assists per game (16.22/game).

EKU is eighth in the nation, and first in the conference, in total rebounds (664).

The Colonels are second in the ASUN Conference and are 42nd in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense this season at 29.2 percent (108-of-370).

The Gamecocks have won four-straight since falling at then 6th-ranked Alabama by six. JSU has conference wins over North Alabama (65-55) on the road and Lipscomb (88-83) at home.

Darian Adams led Jacksonville State with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Lipscomb. Jalen Gibbs added 21 points.

Adams, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) this season and is third on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg). He has hit 42 percent of his shots from the field and 87 percent of his team-high 63 trips to the free throw line.

Gibbs, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who transferred from Mount St. Mary’s, is second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game. Demaree King, a 6-foot junior guard, has a team-best 45 three-pointers and contributes 11.1 points per game. Brandon Huffman, a 6-foot-10 senior forward/center, is the team’s top rebounder at 5.7 boards per game while scoring 9.7 points per contest.

For the season, JSU has made 46 percent of its shots from the field, including 41 percent from behind the three-point line. The Gamecocks out-rebound their opponents by 6.3 per game, second-best in the ASUN, but average 14.5 turnovers.

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