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GAME THREAD: FAU vs. Jacksonville - 12/30/14 @ 7:00 PM

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What: FAU (6-4) vs Jacksonville (4-10)

When: Tuesday, Dec 30th @ 7:00 PM

Where: Veterans Memorial Arena


TV: None

Live Video: Here

Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Dolphins Team Site: Here


Probable Starters

FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.5 ppg
G Solomon Poole 12.3 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.6 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.8 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.5 ppg


Jacksonville

G Kori Babineaux 13.0 ppg
G Andris Misters 13.5 ppg
G BJ Edwards 0.9 ppg
F Antwon Clayton 3.9 ppg
F Tim Gill 4.5 ppg


The Series

Jacksonville leads 12-9, but the Owls have won the last four meetings.

02/10/05 A W 100-73
12/04/05 H W (2OT) 107-104
02/25/06 A W 85-76
12/07/13 H W 83-63


Dolphins at a Glance

Offense - 61.3 PPG, 39.4% FG, 34.3% 3PT

Defense - 70.0 PGA, 45.5% FGA, 34.6% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.0 PG Team, 35.4 PG Opponents


Notables

Jacksonville started the year 2-9, but has begun to turn the ship around by winning three of their last four games. Their current mark of 5-10 had not been seen for 16 seasons - something that is obviously welcomed.

After a 70-47 blow out road loss to Mississippi State, the team responded with a 75% 3PT effort to down Jacksonville State at home where they are now 5-2 on the year.

Kori Babineaux has six straight double-digit point games.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.6 PPG, 43.4% FG, 36.2% 3PT

Defense - 60.1 PGA, 41.4% FGA, 23.6% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.2 PG Team, 33.6 PG Opponents


Notables

The Owls return to the floor having enjoyed eight days away since an exciting 69-66 home win over Eastern Kentucky.

They find themselves at 6-4 for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when they won the Sun Belt and finished with a 21-11 overall mark.

The squad set season highs in assists (17), field goal percentage (54.5%), three-pointers (11), and three-point percentage (52.4%).

Conversely, perimeter defense continues to be a staple for success, as Florida Atlantic's 23.6% 3PT FG allowed is second best nationally.

Back-up point guard D'Andre Johnson did not travel with the team due to an ankle injury suffered against the Colonels. There is currently no forecasted date of return, although he is officially listed as day to day.

Tuesday's contest will be the final non-conference match-up for Florida Atlantic.


Latest Line

TBA


Owl's Nest Prediction

FAU -8

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Still no line…

Guess Vegas is going to shy away from the Owls in this one as well…and honestly, don't blame them.

They took a bath on UCF and ECU.

For a squad that was forecast to struggle we are doing pretty well so far!

 :Big-Grin:
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Tonight's starters:

G Marquan Botley 12.5 ppg
G Solomon Poole 12.3 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.6 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.8 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.5 ppg
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Poole cranks out the game's first TWO baskets - a THREE and a SLAM!
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14:30

Owls run out to a 7-0 lead, but JU answers with a pair to trim the deficit.

FAU shooting 50% from the floor.
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11:19

Matters getting a little cool in Jacksonville. After 5 points in 33 seconds, FAU just 9 for the last 8:07.

14-11 Owls.
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Owls getting a little sloppy, and Coach Curry calls time.

2-19 FAU with 6:51 to play in the 1st.
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The Owls are maintaining a solid shooting performance despite seven turnovers.

50% from 3PT, 47.4% FG.
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A 4-0 Dolphin run sees them take their second lead at 23-22.

FAU needs to buckle down here.
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