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Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

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Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM




What: Florida Atlantic (3-4, 0-0) vs Mississippi State (4-0, 0-0)

When: Tuesday, Nov. 30th @ 8:00 PM EST

Where: Humphrey Coliseum

TV: None

Live Video: Bulldog Pay Per View

Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Stats: Bulldog GameTracker

Mississippi State Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:

FAU

G Alex Tucker 10.9 ppg
G Dennis Mavin 11.4 ppg
G Greg Gantt 16.0 ppg
F Kore White 9.9 ppg
F Brett Royster 6.9 ppg

Mississippi State

G Twany Beckham 3.3 ppg
G Ravern Johnson 27.3 ppg
G Riley Benock 9.3 ppg
F Kodi Augustus 15.3 ppg
F Elgin Bailey 3.8 ppg


The series

The two teams will meet for the first time on Tuesday night.


FAU at a Glance

Playing the second of three guarantee games for 2010-11, the Owls will cash in on Tuesday night with an $80,000 check win or lose. However, with an already difficult non-conference schedule this is one of the toughest stretches overall - three potential tournament teams on the road before concluding with a home contest versus the Big East's South Florida on Saturday.

Coach Mike Jarvis says he is using the stint as an opportunity to evaluate the team in unfavorable situations.

"You grow through adversity, and that develops your character. When you develop your character, that's when you win", said Jarvis. "So that's what this is about, is finding out whose character we can develop through a little bit of adversity and a lot of perseverance."

And, despite the Bulldog suspensions, the Owls' game plan will be the same - as if they were going to be on the floor.

"Usually when players miss games, that allows other players to step up ", Jarvis said. "So, we are preparing for them exactly the same way as if they were playing."

Ray Taylor, who averaged 14.2 ppg last season, is still playing catch-up heading into Tuesday's contest at 8.8 ppg thus far. His minutes have been fewer, but the main difference for Taylor has been at the three point line where he posted 38.6% in 2009-10, and is currently 23.3% in 2010-11. Overall, the Owls are down in the category from 38.1% to 32.1% respectively.

Greg Gantt is currently 8th in the league with 16.0 ppg, while Dennis Mavin continues to lead all freshman with 11.4 ppg. Alex Tucker is 2nd in both assists (4.3 pg) and assist to turnover ratio (2.3:1).


Mississippi State at a Glance

The Bulldogs needed overtime to pull out a 92-83 win over fellow Sun Belt member Troy last Friday. “Obviously, we were very fortunate to win the basketball game,” said Bulldog head coach Rick Stansbury. “To our credit, in overtime, we made some plays."

Senior off-guard Ravern Johnson, who leads the SEC and is fifth nationally in scoring, poured in a career best 33 points (7-of-11 3PT) to seal the deal for MSU.

With the NCAA suspensions of expected starters Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost, Johnson has steadily carried the scoring role so far this season for a challenged roster. Sidney, a 6'10", 270 lb McDonald's All-American, must sit out the first nine games of the year, and Bost (13 ppg, 4.4 rpg 2009-10) will miss up to 16.

“Right now, I realize most of the scoring load is put on me,” Johnson said. “That is something I am glad to accept."

Despite the vacancies, Johnson and fellow guard Riley Benock combine for an impressive 28-of-54 from beyond the arc (51.9%).

Gone from last year's squad is the NCAA's all-time leading shot blocker Jarvis Varnado, who was selected by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft but failed to make the roster and is now playing overseas for the Italian League's Carmatic Pistoia.

“Florida Atlantic is a good team. They played at Florida last week and had chances to win. We need to come out more focused than we did the last time, mentally and physically", said Stansbury.


Latest Line:

MSU -13


Owl's Nest Prediction

FAU catches the Bulldogs at a good time given the inaccessibility of Sidney and Bost, however MSU is still a very solid bunch without them.

Florida Atlantic will have its hands full once again on Tuesday, but the Owls could keep things interesting with two trend changes: A solid effort defensively in the front court, and better shooting from long range.

MSU -9
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

Just about set to tip-off…

Starters:

FAU

G Alex Tucker 10.9 ppg
G Dennis Mavin 11.4 ppg
G Greg Gantt 16.0 ppg
F Kore White 9.9 ppg
F Brett Royster 6.9 ppg

Mississippi State

G Twany Beckham 3.3 ppg
G Ravern Johnson 27.3 ppg
G Riley Benock 9.3 ppg
F Kodi Augustus 15.3 ppg
F Elgin Bailey 3.8 ppg
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

16:21

Taylor checks in early tonight with the Owls trailing 13-3 already…
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

14:12

13-5 Bulldogs

Owls having a tough time with the game pace MSU wants to play, and underneath the basket.
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

Rick said

14:12

13-5 Bulldogs

Owls having a tough time with the game pace MSU wants to play, and underneath the basket.


THAT'S a surprise  ::)
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

Kore White with a strong start for FAU...5 points, 3 rebounds.
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

11:44

18-11 MSU

Royster just picked up his second foul.
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

Good showing by White so far.Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't ever remember Royster having so much foul trouble. He's got two already and its still early…Wait, I'm not supposed to listening to the game, I've got a paper due tomorrow,lol.
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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

FAUfasho said

Good showing by White so far.Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't ever remember Royster having so much foul trouble. He's got two already and its still early…Wait, I'm not supposed to listening to the game, I've got a paper due tomorrow,lol.

:D

Royster:  not this much!

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Re: Game Thread: FAU vs Miss. State Nov. 30th, 2010 @ 8:00PM

I wonder why our 3-point shooting has been so poor this year.
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