GAME THREAD: FAU vs. North Texas - February 24th, 2018
FAU Men's Basketball hosts Senior Night against UNT
What: FAU (11-16, 5-10) vs. North Texas (14-14, 7-8)
When: Saturday, February 24th, @ 7:00 PM Eastern
Where: FAU Arena
Series: North Texas has dominated this series, 12-3.
Live Video: CUSA.tv *FEE
Radio: ESPN 106.3
North Texas Team Site: Here
North Texas at a Glance:
Offense - 74.0 PPG, 45% FG, 35% 3PT
Defense - 72.0 PPGA, 44% FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 37.5 PG Mean Green, 33.9 PG Opponents
One year removed from a last place finish in C-USA, the North Texas Mean Green have enjoyed moderate success in their 2017-2018 campaign. Currently sitting pretty at seventh place in C-USA, UNT has their ticket punched to the conference tournament. Currently, a four game skid has hurt the seeding outlooks for the Mean Green. But those loses should come with an asterisk, as all four have been by single digits, including an OT thriller to Western Kentucky.
The Mean Green can attribute their turnaround season to C-USA's fourth best scorer, Guard Roosevelt Smart. Originally a high three-star SG, Smart was the #8 player from Illinois in 2015, according to 247. Since arriving in Denton from the JuCO ranks, Smart has averaged 19.2 PPG and 39% 3FG.
FAU at a Glance
Offense - 68.6 PPG, 41% FG, 33% 3PT
Defense - 69.2 PPGA, 43% FGA, 35% 3PTA
Rebounding - 38.4 Owls, 36.8 Opponents
It is Senior Night at The Burrow. Ronald Delph, Gerdarius Troutman, Justin Massey, William Pfister, and Payton Hulsey will all bid faraway to the FAU faithful. As a collective, this is one of the most talented classes in the history of FAU Men's Basketball. The Owls will need them all to play at their best level in order to fight off a scrappy UNT side. FAU will be bound for the C-USA Tournament with a win and a Rice loss.
#UNT star Roosevelt Smart has committed two fouls early in the first half. This is great news for #FAU; the longer he is on the bench for foul trouble, the easier it will be for the Owls to hold onto this lead.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 25, 2018
FAU 12-4, 14:00 1H.
Time to eat my own words. Apparently, it wasn't easy at all for #FAU to hold on to that sizeable lead, no matter if #UNT's Smart is on the court or not (HINT: it didn't matter). A 5:19 long FAU scoring drought has allowed the Mean Green to tie the game.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 25, 2018
FAU 12 - UNT 12, 10:30 1H
Jailyn Ingram appears to have injured his face/head on a UNT offensive foul. Remember, he wears a protective mask after breaking his nose in December.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 25, 2018
UNT 26 - FAU 22, 5:29 1H
FAU is shooting 48% FG, but with 10 more attempts than UNT.
Both sides are struggling to hold onto the ball, with UNT committing 11 TO's to FAU's 9.
Owls are also giving up too many offensive rebounds, UNT has 11 to FAU's 2.
Finally, Justin Massey is on pace for a career day on his Senior Night.
Very strange set of stats as #FAU & #UNT go into the half.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 25, 2018
Owls are shooting 48%, but have 10 less attempts that the Mean Green.
UNT has dominated the offensive glass with ease with 11 OffReb vs. 12 FAU DefReb.
Senior Justin Massey is GOING OFF, with a game high 17 PTS. pic.twitter.com/p4nRhKK4HB
We are a Justin Massey blog now! (cc @The_DailyDragon)— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 25, 2018
The Senior Guard from Cooper City is putting on a show for his last game at The Burrow. He's responsible for 24 points, good for 49% of FAU's point total.
FAU 49 - UNT 39, 14:00 2H