GAME THREAD: FAU @ UTSA - February 9, 2019
Owls Travel to San Antonio to Take on High Flying Roadrunners
What: FAU (14-10, 5-6) @ UTSA (14-10, 8-3)
When: Saturday, February 9th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Where: UTSA Convocation Center
Series: The Owls have won two straight over the Roadrunners, improving their all-times series lead to 5-3.
Video: CUSA.tv (FEE)
Radio: ESPN 106.3
UTSA Site: Here
Roadrunners At A Glance:
Offense: 79.7 PPG, 44% FG, 35% 3PT
Defense: 75.2 PPGA, 43% FGA, 32% 3PTA
Rebounding: 39 PG, 39.2 PG Opponents
UTSA's position at the top of the C-USA standings has been one of the biggest shocks this season.
Last time out, The Roadrunners dismantled FIU 100-67 for their ninth straight home win and their fourth win in their last five games.
Reigning C-USA Freshman of the Year, Guard Jhivvan Jackson not only leads UTSA in PPG, but all of C-USA with 23. Not far behind as the conference's third highest scorer is Guard Keaton Wallace with 20.6 PPG.
UTSA is the highest scoring team in C-USA since conference play began in January.
Owls at a Glance:
Offense – 73.1 PPG, 42% FG, 33% 3PT
Defense - 70.2 PPGA, 42% FGA, 32% 3PTA
Rebounding - 40.3 PG, 35.5 PG Opponents
FAU enters the tilt with UTSA after a win at UTEP on Thursday, where Anthony Adger had 27 points and a career high 8 three-pointers.
The Owls are just two wins away from sealing their first winning season since the 2010-2011 campaign, which ended in a Regular Season Sun Belt Conference Championship and NIT bid.
Richardson Maitre is expected to see an increase in playing time after being limited against UTEP. The sophomore suffered a concussion the week before.
Opening Line: FAU +7
Things I am keeping an eye on:
-FAU has played well as big road underdogs this season. UTSA is a 7 point home favorite. They have road wins against heavy favored UCF and Illinois.
-G Anthony Adger has been playing excellent on the road lately. The Owls will need a strong performance from the Senior. Adger has scored 26 and 27 points in the past two road games. Look for Adger to be aggressive early.
-Can FAU limit the high scoring back court duo of Keaton Wallace and Jhivvan Jackson? The Owls will face a huge challenge. Adger, Forrest, Maitre will have their work cut out for them.
Ryan Rubloff said
-FAU has played well as big road underdogs this season. UTSA is a 7 point home favorite. They have road wins against heavy favored UCF and Illinois.Posted On: Feb 9th 2019, 2:28 PM
For what it's worth, I'd bet my student loan debt on UTSA covering. They're just a different animal.
10:47 1H | #UTSA 21 - #FAU 17— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 9, 2019
As expected, this is going to be a fast-paced gritty game. Kev Ellis with a fantastic defensive play to give the Owls the ball after the host missed a fast-break opportunity.
Have to give credit when credit’s due. This is the most raucous and hostile we’ve seen the #UTSA Convocation Center be.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 9, 2019
We know the 'Runners will make it rain from the arch, they simply have too many threats to contain. So how does FAU respond? With ten second possessions that end in low-percentage shot attempts.
HALFTIME | #UTSA 46 - #FAU 39— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 9, 2019
Awful way to end the half for the Owls, as we see only one FG in the final 4:23 of the half. You cannot allow the high-scoring Roadrunners to go on long runs by missing baskets within the first ten seconds of each FAU possession. That will kill us.
Owls tie the game at 53 with a smooth jumper from Stapleton.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 9, 2019
The 'Runners quickly respond with some beautiful ball movement in order to find the open three.