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GAME THREAD: FAU vs. UCF - 12/13/14 @ 8:00 PM

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What: FAU (3-3) vs UCF (5-3)

When: Saturday, Dec 13th @ 8:00 PM

Where: CFE Arena


TV: None

Live Video: ESPN3.com

Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Knights Team Site: Here


Probable Starters

FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.7 ppg
G Justin Massey 10.5 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 12.2 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.3 ppg
F Justin Raffington 8.5 ppg


UCF

G Brandon Goodwin 8.3 ppg
G Adonys Henriquez 11.1 ppg
G B.J. Taylor 13.0 ppg
F Kasey Wilson 7.9 ppg
F Staphon Blair 7.6 ppg


The Series

Central Florida leads 21-8 overall, but the Owls have won three of the last four meetings.

01/20/05 A W 73-61
12/13/05 H W 59-54
12/09/06 A L 65-87
12/03/13 H W 75-64


Knights at a Glance

Offense - 69.2 PPG, 47.8% FG, 37.2% 3PT

Defense - 71.4 PGA, 45.8% FGA, 32.2% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.8 PG Team, 33.2 PG Opponents


Notables

Central Florida began the year with six straight games at home, where they are 5-1 on the season and the only setback being a 95-69 loss to Davidson.

However, the first road swing of the year was not as kind, with the Knights losing back-to-back contests to both Florida State (96-73) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (71-60).

The Knights are 0-3 on the  season when opponents register 38 or more total rebounds, or 71 points.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 61.3 PPG, 43.0% FG, 32.5% 3PT

Defense - 60.7 PGA, 41.4% FGA, 21.1% 3PTA

Rebounding - 30.5 PG Team, 34.3 PG Opponents


Notables

After slow starts in recent years, the Owls will be looking to move to 4-3 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Freshmen Justin Massey and C.J. Turman had coming out parties in FAU's 72-63 win over East Carolina on December 3rd, posting career highs of 17 and 14 points respectively.

FAU opponents are just 15-of-71 (21.1%) from long range, and that's good enough for a ranking of 2nd nationally. Senior forward Kelvin Penn is 25th in the nation in blocks per outing (2.83).

The Owls won last seasonís meeting 75-64 in Boca Raton. Jackson Trapp scored 13 points, Marquan Botley had 11 and Justin Raffington narrowly missed a double-double with eight points while pulling down 12 rebounds.


Latest Line

UCF -3.5


Owl's Nest Prediction

UCF -1

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Tonight's starters for the Owls:

G Marquan Botley 12.7 ppg
G Justin Massey 10.5 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 12.2 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.3 ppg
F Justin Raffington 8.5 ppg
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15:36  Owls trail the Knights 5-4. FAU in foul trouble already  - Penn 2.

Trapp and Botley each with a basket to account for the scores.
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12:52

Shooting not a theme early in this one. Teams are a combined 5-of-19, and O-fer beyond the arc.
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11:42

C.J.Turman's lay-up pulls FAU within a point. They trail UCF 9-8.

Lacunza with 3 boards and a pair of FT's off the bench for Penn.
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Botley for THREE!  Ties it up at 11 a piece.
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Raffington took 3 Threes all of last season with no makes. This year 0-10 through tonight's action. Time to reconsider that shot.
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7:25

FAU 14  UCF 17

Botley leading the way with 6 points.

Owls have a 16-11 edge off the glass, but are 5-of-20 from the floor.
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Three point defense maintaining status for the Owls. Knights are just 1-of-5 there.
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Spoke to soon. A UCF triple gives them the largest lead of the night at 22-16.
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