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Game Thread: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM




What: FIU (9-13, 4-6) vs FAU (17-7, 9-1)

When: Saturday, Feb. 5th @ 8:00 PM EST

Where: FAU Arena

TV: CSS - Comcast 32 Locally

Live Video: None

Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Stats: Owls GameTracker

FIU Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:


FIU

G Phil Gary, Jr. 10.5 ppg
G Marvin Roberts 11.4 ppg
G Jeremy Allen 6.8 ppg
F Eric Frederick 13.5 ppg
F Dominique Ferguson 6.9 ppg

FAU

G Ray Taylor 12.3 ppg
G Greg Gantt 14.5 ppg
G Alex Tucker 8.0 ppg
F Kore White 9.1 ppg
F Brett Royster 7.9 ppg


The series

The Golden Panthers lead the all-time series at 15-11, with an even mark of 5-5 occurring between the squads at FAU Arena.

Florida Atlantic won both of last seasons matchups, most recently hanging on for a 77-74 win in Miami as FIU made a late charge in the final minute. Brett Royster tallied a game high 14 rebounds to go with 10 points and four blocks - one of which likely preserved the victory.


FIU at a Glance

Having grabbed their first victory in over three weeks with a

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thrilling 81-80 overtime win at Troy, the Golden Panthers have snapped their six-game losing streak just in time to take on the Owls in the annual South Florida rivalry.

Trailing FAU by five games in the Sun Belt Conference East division standings, FIU and second-year head coach Isiah Thomas have had their fair share of struggles this season winning just a total nine games thus far compared to the squad’s thirteen loses.

Before Thursday night’s win, the Golden Panthers had dropped six games in a row after starting off conference play with a three game win streak.

Guard DeJuan Wright, who made layup with seconds left to beat the Trojans, has been solid throughout the rough patch coming off the bench and has scored in double figures the past five games. The junior’s 14.5 points per game ranks sixth in the conference right ahead of the Owl’s Gregg Gantt.

Starting at point guard for the Golden Panthers is senior Phil Gary, who is averaging 10.5 points per game and a team-high 3.3 assists. Although Gary has had success passing the ball, the squad collectively hasn’t. FIU ranks ninth in the Sun Belt Conference and 304th in the nation averaging only 11.0 assists per game.

The Panthers have had problems on the road, managing only two wins to accompany eight losses.

FIU ranks second in the league in scoring with 73.5 points per game, but 11th in scoring defense (76.3).

Speculation has recently surfaced that the New York Knicks might be in a position to make a play for Thomas if a coaching change were to occur. Although nothing has officially happened with Thomas, the situation might be a bit of a distraction for the team.


FAU at a Glance

The Owls picked up a big road win on Thursday, knocking off North Texas in handy fashion 77-55 for the program's first victory in Denton, TX. They now need just one more in Sun Belt play to match last season's total of 10.

FAU might have tossed a season low three pointers made, but produced a season high 10 steals to help in the endeavor; matching their last performance against the Mean Green back on Feb 04, 2010.

It was the 400th on the court win for Head Coach Mike Jarvis, who was quick to share credit for the impressive mark upon the team's arrival back in Boca Raton Friday evening before a warm group of alumni, fans, students, and staff gathered in front of FAU Arena donning custom made celebration shirts.

"If my mother was here, she'd be crying because her boy's name would be on the front of the shirt. But, just like we wear our FAU uniforms, the name on the back isn't what it's about, it's the name on the front. Tonight, it's not the name up top, it's the name in the middle (FAU)", said Jarvis to those in attendance.

"The thing that makes me most proud about getting the 400th win is that these guys got it for me and, more importantly, FAU and our program."

Tomorrow's tilt marks the third straight Saturday television appearance for the Owls at home. They are 8-0 when shooting 48.9% or better and have registered more rebounds than their opponents for the past 4 games.

"We're going to win tomorrow night against FIU. These guys will be ready, I know it. They've been ready for every single game all year long", Jarvis said of the game.


Latest Line:

FAU -12.5


Owl's Nest Prediction

FAU has a solid advantage in points allowed, and that will weigh heavily on Saturday. After last season, Jarvis has made it a focal point to install a strong defensive package. It is evident by the -11.4 ppg the Owls show in this match-up.

Additionally, blocks, turnovers, assists, and rebounds land with the home team as well.

The "Sixth Man" will assuredly be an added bonus as Florida Atlantic triumph's for their 10th conference win.


FAU -9
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

If anyone finds a way to watch this game for us non-locals, please post it here!… maybe even a webcam pointed at CSS  ;D
As we know, channelsurfing is no longer available… :(
Thanks!

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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

owlcountry said

If anyone finds a way to watch this game for us non-locals, please post it here!…
As we know, channelsurfing is no longer available… :(
Thanks!

ChannelSurf.eu

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

Jab979 said

www.ChannelSurf.eu

Nice! Thanks Jab. Hopefully it will be posted/updated later because right now it only shows:

NCAA Basketball - Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's (CA) 8:00PM EST 2/5
NCAA Basketball - Houston at Tulsa 8:00PM EST 2/5

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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

owlcountry said

Jab979 said

www.ChannelSurf.eu

Nice! Thanks Jab. Hopefully it will be posted/updated later because right now it only shows:

NCAA Basketball - Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's (CA) 8:00PM EST 2/5
NCAA Basketball - Houston at Tulsa 8:00PM EST 2/5

Someone else posted it so I can't take the credit. They usually don't update the games but maybe FIU has a PPV on their website? If not there's always ESPN760.com

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

Check out this article by the FIU paper…mentions the atmosphere of the Burrow when we play FIU and one of the players called us "the Duke of the Sunbelt" lol. I wouldn't say that, but its nice to know we are making an impression on other teams! FIUSM | Student Media at Florida International University
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

You would think FAU would have a PPV option to televise the game.  It's just sad that we would have to go to the FIU site to watch the game as a non-local for a home game at FAU.  Really??


Jab979 said

owlcountry said

Jab979 said

www.ChannelSurf.eu

Nice! Thanks Jab. Hopefully it will be posted/updated later because right now it only shows:

NCAA Basketball - Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's (CA) 8:00PM EST 2/5
NCAA Basketball - Houston at Tulsa 8:00PM EST 2/5

Someone else posted it so I can't take the credit. They usually don't update the games but maybe FIU has a PPV on their website? If not there's always ESPN760.com
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

Any idea if the team will be wearing their Red jerseys again tonight?

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

FAUfasho said

Check out this article by the FIU paper…mentions the atmosphere of the Burrow when we play FIU and one of the players called us "the Duke of the Sunbelt" lol. I wouldn't say that, but its nice to know we are making an impression on other teams! FIUSM | Student Media at Florida International University

Ha ha…nice!
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Re: Game Preview: Florida International vs FAU - 02/05/11 @ 8:00 PM

Jab979 said

Any idea if the team will be wearing their Red jerseys again tonight?

+1

That would be sweet. somone go down to the locker room and tell them to do it.

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick @$$ and I'm out of bubble gum.

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