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GAME THREAD: FAU vs. Rice - February 22nd, 2018

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FAU MBB Ready for Final Homestead of Season

What: FAU (11-15, 5-9) vs. Rice (5-22, 2-12)

When: Thursday, February 22nd, @ 7:00 PM Eastern

Where: FAU Arena

Series: Rice has a slight 3-2 advantage in the Battle of the Owls.


TV: None

Live Video: CUSA.tv *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3



Rice Team Site: Here


Rice at a Glance:

Offense - 68.0 PPG, 41% FG, 33% 3PT

Defense - 76.1 PPGA, 45% FGA, 36% 3PTA

Rebounding - 36.4 PG Rice, 36.9 PG Opponents


Notables

If there are any FAU fans thinking that Boca Owls are having a rough season, then they should check on their aviary brethren from Houston. Sitting second from bottom, Rice currently sits one win behind UTEP for the last spot in the C-USA Tournament. Therefor, this is a must-win scenario for the scrappy Rice Owls, who challenged FAU at the Tudor Fieldhouse in January.

This season's poor form stems from Rice's two best players transferring last offseason. Arguably the best Point Guard and Center in the conference, PG Marcus Evans is now at VCU and C Egor Koulechov is finishing his collegiate career with big numbers at UF.

This exodus of these two stars leave Junior Guard Connor Cashaw on his own to carry the squad. Fourth on the team in scoring last season, Cashaw is now one of just two Rice Owls scoring in double digits, the other being Sophomore Guard Ako Adams. The backcourt players average 16.1 and 10.2 PPG respectively.

As a squad, there is plenty of room for improvement. Rice is last in average turnovers per game and turnover margin, 15.4 TPG and -3.56 respectively. The turnover parties are paired with C-USA's worst scoring margin at -8.1. Giving away possessions, and making poor shot selections when able to keep possession, is a losing cocktail one would see at the local JCC rec leagues. At the D1 level, it's downright humiliating.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 68.9 PPG, 41% FG, 33% 3PT

Defense - 69.3 PPGA, 44% FGA, 34% 3PTA

Rebounding - 38.2 FAU, 36.8 Opponents


Notables

Finally back to winning ways. Last Saturday, FAU beat rival FIU, splitting the season series with the Panthers. The victory snapped a four game losing streak, and moved the Owls one win away from punching their ticket to the C-USA Tournament.

This season of FAU Men's Basketball has all been about "The Big Three." Coach Curry can draw up the best play he can, but it can only go as far as C Ronald Delph, SG Justin Massey, and SG Gerdarius Troutman are able to carry it. In last week's win vs. FIU, The Big Three lead the Owls in scoring with 24, 18, 12 points respectively. If these players can maintain that level of output, then the can cause some trouble in the C-USA Tournament.

Speaking of Justin Massey, does anybody need a reminder of the last time Rice and FAU meet on the hardwood?



Owls left Houston victorious, 63-62. Hopefully Pfister will slam the ball down to the court in celebration again tonight.



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FAU -6

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No changes in the starting lineup from the victory over FIU.


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We are doing a solid job of making Rice look like Middle Tennessee early.


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It's been the Rona Delph show early at The Burrow. The Senior Center has a game high 6 points in his second to last game at FAU Arena.

Rice 14 - FAU 10, 11:40 2H

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Rice now uses a 10-2 run to take a commanding 24-14 lead with 6:30 remaining in the first half. Owls are struggling to get anything going offensively.

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That's probably because there is an actual coach on the other bench who knows how to successfully deploy a defensive scheme that renders us UNsuccessful.

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FAU begins to gain some momentum, but the toss it down the drain with 3 turnovers in a man and a half.


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This might be the worst half FAU Basketball played all year. The first half against Minnesota and UAB come to mind, but this is abasing a 5-win Rice.

FAU is shooting 35% FG, Rice 42% FG.

FAU is 0-8 3FG.

FAU has committed 10 first half turnovers, compared to 3 from Rice.

The only statistical category where FAU is beating Rice is on the boards, 19-17.


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Down 13 at home to a team you should beat by at LEAST six points...wow.
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