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GAME THREAD: MTSU vs FAU - 01/10/15 @ 8:00 PM

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What: FAU (7-6, 0-2 C-USA) vs MTSU (8-7, 1-1 C-USA)

When: Sat, Jan 10th @ 8:00 PM

Where: Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center


TV: None

Live Video: Here

Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Blue Raiders Team Site: Here


Probable Starters

FAU

G Marquan Botley 11.2 ppg
G Solomon Poole 14.5 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.8 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.5 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.3 ppg


MTSU

G Giddy Potts 3.9 ppg
G JaQuel Richmond 2.9 ppg
G Marcus Tarrance 6.7 ppg
F Jaquez Rozier 9.1 ppg
F Darnell Harris 5.2 ppg


The Series

Middle Tennessee leads 12-4, and has won the last five contests.

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 - 58.9 PPG, 39.5% FG, 34.5% 3PT

Defense - 59.3 PGA, 42.7% FGA, 32.5% 3PTA

Rebounding - 33.8 PG Team, 31.3 PG Opponents


Notables

MTSU (8-7, 1-1) will close a three game home stand Saturday night when they host FAU. After losing the conference opener to UAB 54-49, the Blue Raiders defeated FIU 65-52 to get over .500 for the season. MTSU's bench played a huge role in the game as they outscored FIU's bench 35-2.

MTSU allowed FIU guard Dennis Mavin to score 31 points but kept everyone else in check. No one besides Mavin scored over 10 for the Panthers.

MTSU senior forward Jacquez Rozier leads the team in points per game with 9.1 but the Blue Raiders use a balanced attack on offense. Sophomore forward Reggie Upshaw is not far behind Rozier as he averages 8.8 points per game with a team high 6.2 rebounds per game. Against FIU the Blue Raiders were led by freshman guard Edward Simpson Jr. He scored a game high 14 points, the most he's scored all season.

MTSU is 13th in Conference USA in field goal percentage at 39.5 percent. MTSU has scored over 60 points eight times this season and are undefeated when they do so. They have reached that magic number six times at home.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.4 PPG, 42.7% FG, 34.9% 3PT

Defense - 59.9 PGA, 42.0% FGA, 24.8% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.2 PG Team, 33.8 PG Opponents


Notables

FAU (7-6, 0-2) is in the midst of a two game losing streak after falling on the road to UAB 66-57. Jackson Trapp led the way with 13 points and Kelvin Penn almost had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The difference in the game proved to be the team's go-to players entering the game. UAB's Robert Brown scoredd 13 while FAU's Marquan Botley managed to go 1-12 from the floor for a total of two points. With Botley struggling from the floor, the Owls failed to get anything going from long distance against UAB shooting 22.7 percent from three.

The Owls are first in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage defense as they are holding opponents to 23.5 percent from long range.

The last time FAU played MTSU the game came down to the wire in The Burrow as the Blue Raiders narrowly defeated the Owls 67-63. Down nine with 28 seconds left, FAU scored eight straight points to come within a point with 11 seconds to go. Pablo Bertone had a chance to tie the game but missed a layup. Marquan Botley led FAU in scoring with 19 points, going 5-10 from long distance.


Latest Line

MTSU - 5


Owl's Nest Prediction

MTSU - 4
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Cyrus said


MTSU

G Giddy Potts 3.9 ppg
G JaQuel Richmond 2.9 ppg
G Marcus Tarrance 6.7 ppg
F Jaquez Rozier 9.1 ppg
F Darnell Harris 5.2 ppg


MTSU's bench played a huge role in the game as they outscored FIU's bench 35-2.


Posted On: Jan 9th 2015, 7:09 PM #340641
I was just going to say MTSU must get a lot of points from their bench because look at their starting 5's PPG averages.  Not much going on there.
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fauowl said

Cyrus said


MTSU

G Giddy Potts 3.9 ppg
G JaQuel Richmond 2.9 ppg
G Marcus Tarrance 6.7 ppg
F Jaquez Rozier 9.1 ppg
F Darnell Harris 5.2 ppg


MTSU's bench played a huge role in the game as they outscored FIU's bench 35-2.


Posted On: Jan 9th 2015, 7:09 PM #340641
I was just going to say MTSU must get a lot of points from their bench because look at their starting 5's PPG averages.  Not much going on there.
Posted On: Jan 10th 2015, 7:35 AM #340646

28 ppg from the 5 starters listed, gotta be a record, or a mistake!
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God I hate Middle.
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Will this game be broadcasted on ASN?
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Middle lives off their bench. Their sixth man Upshaw comes off the bench and is their second leading scorer. If they get scoring from their starters FAU may be in trouble
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LawOwl said

Will this game be broadcasted on ASN?
Posted On: Jan 10th 2015, 12:50 PM #340656

No it will not.

Starting 5's.

FAU:

Penn, Turman, Trapp, Botley, Poole.

MTSU:

Rozier, Harris, Tarrance, Richmond, Potts.
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Penn stays in foul trouble but Middle scoring early is not a good sign. 8-4 Middle w/15:50 to go in 1st half.
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Lacunza is the first one off the bench and comes in for Penn. FAU down 12-8 after a Middle timeout. Turman leads the Owls with 4 points. 13:13 left in in the 1st.
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FAU is getting crushed on the boards. Middle leads 10-3. As much as I like Lacunza's versatility on offense rebounding is not one of his strong points. FAU trails 11-18 with 11:26 left in 1st half.
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