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GAME THREAD: Middle Tennessee vs FAU - 03/07/15 @ 7:00 PM

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What: Middle Tennessee (15-15, 8-9 C-USA) vs FAU (9-19, 2-15 C-USA)

When: Saturday, Mar 7th @ 7:00 PM

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: Here *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM

Live Stats: Here

Blue Raider Team Site: Here

Probable Starters


G Giddy Potts 6.9 ppg
G Jaqawn Raymond 7.2 ppg
G Marcus Tarrance 6.4 ppg
F Reggie Upshaw 10.2 ppg
F Darnell Harris 6.8 ppg


G Marquan Botley 13.5 ppg
G Solomon Poole 12.4 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 10.2 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.1 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.6 ppg

The Series

The Blue Raiders lead 12-4, and are 6-1 at The Burrow. The Owls have lost the last five in a row.

1/14/12 H L 54-67
2/18/12 A L 59-72
1/10/13 A L 52-62
2/02/13 H L 56-73
2/06/14 H L 63-67

MTSU at a Glance

Offense - 63.9 PPG, 41.7% FG, 35.4% 3PT

Defense - 63.0 PGA, 43.6% FGA, 35.0% 3PTA

Rebounding - 34.4 PG Team, 30.8 PG Opponents

FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.9 PPG, 41.6% FG, 34.8% 3PT

Defense - 66.3 PGA, 45.6% FGA, 28.5% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.4 PG Team, 35.3 PG Opponents


Florida Atlantic welcomes Middle Tennessee to FAU Arena for the Owls' final contest of the season. FAU is closing out the season on an upswing after posting a 62-59 win over visiting UAB on Thursday night.

Middle Tennessee won the first meeting, 82-58, at the Murphy Center on Jan. 10. The Blue Raiders led wire-to-wire and went up as much as 30 in the second half. A Darnell Harris three-pointer at the 15:03 mark ignited a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach and Harris poured in a career-high 24 points.

Justin Raffington, Kelvin Penn, Brian Hornstein, and Anthony Graves will be honored prior to the tip as members of the outgoing senior class for FAU.

Latest Line

MTSU - 3.5

Owl's Nest Prediction


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Tip off in 10 mins as FAU will play their final game of the season tonight against MTSU. Its senior night and four players will be recognized for their time as an Owl. Justin Raffington, Kelvin Penn, Anthony Graves and Brian Hornstein.
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Tonight's starters, Marquan Botley, Solomon Poole, Jackson Trapp, Kelvin Penn, Justin Raffington.
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Glad Raffy got the start! Know he hasn't been feeling so hot on that foot as of late…
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Justin Raffington got pretty emotional during the ceremony. Gonna be important to contain emotions and play smart early on.
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Not a strong start by the Owls as MTSU starts the game on a 7-0 run with 3/4 shooting.
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MTSU has taken 7 shots compared to FAU's 3. Main reason is the Owls can't hold on to the ball. Already 2 turnovers in the early stages of the game.
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MTSU up 15-10.

FAU looking disorganized and playing lackluster defense but still in it.

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FAU trails 15-10, 13:44. FAU having hard time with turnovers early on but doing a good job keeping MTSU off the glass despite the shot disparity between the two early on.
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