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Game Thread: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

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Game Thread: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM




What: Manhattan (2-13, 0-5) vs FAU (11-6, 4-0)

When: Tuesday, Jan. 11th @ 7:00 PM EST

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: None

Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Stats: Owls GameTracker

Manhattan Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:

Manhattan

G Kidani Brutus 9.5 ppg
G Mohamed Koita 2.5 ppg
G George Beamon 15.5 ppg
F Demetrius Jemison 10.8 ppg
F Rhamel Brown 7.2 ppg

FAU

G Ray Taylor 10.5 ppg
G Greg Gantt 14.9 ppg
G Pablo Bertone 2.5 ppg
F Kore White 9.1 ppg
F Brett Royster 7.9 ppg


The series

Tuesday's contest marks the second meeting between the programs. In last season's inaugural affair, FAU was outshot 73-66 at Draddy Gymnasium.


Manhattan at a Glance

Having dropped their last 13 contests in a row, it shouldn't be any surprise that the Jaspers are a struggling bunch this season. That is bound to happen when you lose 79.0% of your scoring due to roster departures (Rico Pickett 17.7 ppg, Darryl Crawford 14.8 ppg, Antoine Pearson, 7.9 ppg, Brandon Adams 7.0 ppg, and Patrick Bouli 4.4 ppg).

Fittingly, Manhattan was tabbed to finish ninth in the 2010 MAAC Preseason Coaches’ poll. But the lack of a full roster has also played a part in the squad's win differential when compared to last season's mark at this point in time (7-8, 2-3). However, that changed a month ago.

Since receiving clearance from the NCAA on December 10th, 6'8", 240lb Alabama transfer Demetrius Jemison has averaged double digits in scoring and a very respectable 7.3 rpg. Additionally, sophomore guard Mohamed Koita (3.9 ppg 2009-10), and junior forward Miami Dade College transfer Robert Martina (knee) became available after missing 11, and three games respectively.

It hasn't improved results in the win column though.

Last Sunday the Jaspers pulled to within a single score on two separate occasions against Marist, but had trouble connecting from long range (23.8%) to get over the hump, and fell 65-59 at home. Jemison scored a season high 18 points in the defeat, while George Beamon added the same.

Manhattan get's its nickname from Brother Jasper of Mary, F.S.C., who brought baseball to the College in the late 19th century and is a claimant towards the institution of the "seventh inning stretch" in the sport at large.

The Jaspers are 1-11 on the year when trailing at the half, and rank 321st in scoring amongst NCAA DI members.


FAU at a Glance

Florida Atlantic is enjoying a much welcomed break out season in 2010-11. The current mark of 11-6 is the best overall start since way back in 1989-90 during the program's second year on the court when they went 15-2 at the same point in time.

Additionally, a 4-0 start in Sun Belt play ties the best conference start ever, matching 1996-97's 4-0 TAAC (now Atlantic Sun) mark against Centenary, SE Louisiana, Mercer, and GA State.

However not wanting it to be a distraction, Coach Mike Jarvis has the team focused on the current ask at hand; which is being ready to compete Tuesday and not look past what appears to be another easy win.

"We better get on them early, and hopefully we can keep them down. It's a big advantage to be at home, but you've got to get up. They certainly want to turn their season around as well", said Jarvis.

Last time on the hardwood, the Owls put up a solid defensive performance to stave off a tussling Arkansas State 61-57 at FAU Arena. In the win, Sophomore guard Greg Gantt notched his fourth straight double digit scoring affair, and 14th on the season.

"Greg's a classic example of young man who has been given gift. And the gift is to shoot", Jarvis said.

Rebounding also improved after coming up short against South Alabama (-17). But not where he wants to see it the most given the style of play the Owls encounter.

"Our big men have been doing a good job, it's our guards that have not been rebounding the ball well enough. The way we play, with the teams that shoot so many threes, there are going to be long rebounds. We still are not doing a good job of boxing out the shooter, and that's the guy who is killing us", Jarvis explained.

The Owls are 6-1 at FAU Arena so far, and 6-0 overall when holding the opposition under 39.3% from the floor. The Jaspers are shooting 39.8% on the year.

History should be made on Tuesday, as Brett Royster's career blocks count now stands at 265. Royster needs just two more to surpass Alan Ogg's all-time mark of 266 set at UAB during the 1989-90 season.


Latest Line:

FAU -15


Owl's Nest Prediction

Manhattan averages just 16.4 fouls per game, which is refreshing and should help keep the pace in FAU's favor.

The Owls own significant marks in points scored, points allowed and turnovers per game. For the Jaspers, those are big factors to overcome.

A -15 pre-game nod may just be an all-time record for Florida Atlantic against a DI opponent.

But Jarvis may look to tinker with bench minutes and roles a bit if the game takes a large swing in the Owls' favor, so will tap it down notch should that take place.

FAU -10+
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

Manhattan should enjoy their trip to South Florida, they may not be going anywhere for a few days.

I'm on Long Island right now seeing family and they are expecting over a foot of snow tonight into tomorrow

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

Just got a facebook message that tonight's game is a "White-Out." Not really sure why, and I thought the Blizzard thing was happening at the end of the month?
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

They should do the white out for the ULM game on ESPN 2. It would be awesome to see it on TV when everyone is wearing white

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

Jab979 said

They should do the white out for the ULM game on ESPN 2. It would be awesome to see it on TV when everyone is wearing white

I believe that game is going to be a Blue-out
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

FAUfasho said

Just got a facebook message that tonight's game is a "White-Out." Not really sure why, and I thought the Blizzard thing was happening at the end of the month?

the White out is for  the WKU game

AEA
Go play Intramural Sports! www.fau.edu/campusrec/imsports/
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Jab979 said

They should do the white out for the ULM game on ESPN 2. It would be awesome to see it on TV when everyone is wearing white

Agree…….
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Re: Game Preview: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

"Tonight our Fau Owls (11-6) take on the Jaspers of Manhattan University (2-18). Our Owls are on a 3 game win streak, and have won 5 of our last 6. We are also currently 4-0 in the Sun Belt. This game is a white out so everyone wear white. Tell everyone you know to come so we can get all the support we can get. Go Owls!!!!

****TIP OFF IS AT 7 AND REMEMBER TO WEAR WHITE, GO OWLS**** "

edit: Just got this message,lol "False alarm everyone tonights game is not a white out, so everyone try and wear red…remember tip off is at 7 in the Burrow. GO OWLS!!!!! "

…I love that they are promoting so much but if they wanted a "white-out" for this game then they should have planned better-still, love the enthusiasm, just need more efficient planning. Two white outs in one month is a bit redundant. Also, I thought I heard the announcer say that the UALR game was going to be a blue-out? Also, here's the info for the "Blizzard at the Burrow" white out game at the end of the month..seems like its going to be a good time

FAU WHITE OUT!

The weatherman says there is a snowstorm rolling into town.
Jan 29th join us for the FAU vs WKU Mens Basketball Game.

Tailgate/peprally @ 5pm - Tipoff at 7pm.

-FREE limited edition White Out T-Shirts
-15 Tons Of Snow!
-Florida Panthers Street Team w FREE Tickets and Giveaways!
-FREE Rita's Ice
-FREE Food!
-Live Music
-Competitions
-WIN A FORD FIESTA!
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Re: Game Thread: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

Not seeing much white here!

In fact, not seeing much of anything right now…….
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Re: Game Thread: Manhattan vs FAU - 1/11/11 @ 7:00 PM

Starters:

Manhattan

G Kidani Brutus
G Mohamed Koita
G George Beamon
F Demetrius Jemison
F Rhamel Brown

FAU

G Ray Taylor
G Greg Gantt
G Pablo Bertone
F Kore White
F Brett Royster
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