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Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

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Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM




What: South Alabama (7-6, 1-1) vs FAU (9-6, 2-0)

When: Thursday, Jan. 6th @ 7:00 PM EST

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: None

Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Stats: Owls' GameTracker

South Alabama Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:

South Alabama

G Tim Williams 14.8 ppg
F Martino Brock 14.0 ppg
F Gary Redus 5.5 ppg
F Javier Carter 6.9 ppg
C Augustine Rubit 11.5 ppg

FAU

G Ray Taylor 10.4 ppg
G Alex Tucker 8.4 ppg
G Greg Gantt 15.2 ppg
F Kore White 9.0 ppg
F Brett Royster 7.6 ppg


The series

Florida Atlantic is 2-7 all-time against South Alabama. Last year, the Owls posted a 1-2 mark against the Jaguars.


South Alabama at a Glance

After a rocky start, South Alabama has won 4 straight, and will be going for the 700th overall program win on Thursday night.

Last Sunday, the Jaguars held off Middle Tennessee 63-57 behind Tim Williams' 25 points, and 10-of-11 performance at the charity stripe.

“The one statistic that I told Tim that’ll tell if he had a good game, is if he shot free throws,” said Jaguar's Coach Ronnie Arrow. “If he shoots free throws that means he’s active."

The team may be a bit on the small size, with only one player over 6-6. But they are out grabbing opponents (+1.9 rpg); most of which can be attributed to redshirt freshman center Augustine Rubit, who plays much bigger than his size.

Rubit is 6-6 himself, but has hauled in nine rebounds in each of his last eight games with six double-digit performances. He currently sits atop the Sun Belt, and ninth in the nation in rebounding (10.9). And, he can score it proficiently as well. In the last five contests, Rubit has connected on 68.1% of his attempts.

Accordingly, the Jags are 7-0 when winning the rebounding and shooting categories, and 0-6 when losing both.

As a team USA's 5.8 blocks per game is good enough to edge the Owls for first place in the conference rankings, and a 15th placing in all of DI.


FAU at a Glance

Florida Atlantic posted a season high in points on Monday night, pulling away in the second half to a 94-76 win over Florida Memorial and dominating in the front court. The Owls' 12 blocks was their best outing since back in December 2009 against Miami in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Additionally, Ray Taylor recorded a season high 11 assists - his fourth double dish affair since becoming an Owl - and Pablo Bertone enjoyed a career high 10 points. Jarvis was pleased with both, but particularly Bertone, who he said would start to see increased playing time as a result of his intensity.

"That's what Pablo brings to you", commented Coach Mike Jarvis afterwards. "Pablo get's excited all the time, and the one good thing about him is you know he's going to give you the effort all the time."

But there were flashbacks of earlier games against non DI opponents when FAU trailed in the second frame, mostly due lackluster pressure against the Lions. Jarvis says that will need to change against South Alabama.

"We've got to come out and play a lot better to start the game, especially from the defensive end", Jarvis said. "Five guys playing as one instead of five guys playing as five guys. If you want to go to Five Guys, you go buy a hamburger or a hot dog."

And they should have plenty of motivation to make that happen. Last year in the Sun Belt Tournament, the Jags knocked off FAU by one point to send the team packing back to Boca Raton early in a first round exit.

"I don't know if we could ever make up for that, but we need to get one Thursday", remarked Jarvis when asked about the game. "We missed a lay-up at the buzzer. You can use whatever word you want, revenge, payback, but we owe them a whipping."

The Owls currently enjoy the best point guard tandem in the conference with Taylor (4.4) and Alex Tucker (4.1) nabbing 2nd and 3rd place standings in assists per game.


Latest Line:

FAU -9


Owl's Nest Prediction

The Jags will likely control the glass, but has trouble winning on the road at 1-4.

FAU allows less points, shoots better (field and long range), and gets the home court factored in.

Put this all together, and the Owls should move towards their best start since joining the league at 3-0.

FAU -6
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Re: Game Preview: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

Story on tonight's game from al.com:

Two of South Alabama's most memorable basketball victories a year ago came against Florida Atlantic, and the Jaguars are hoping for a repeat performance against the Owls tonight at 6 in Boca Raton.

USA (7-6, 1-1) won 96-93 in overtime at FAU Arena last season, then won 52-51 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. But the Jaguars also lost to the Owls 70-59 at the Mitchell Center.

"They've got a lot of the same guys so we know what to expect," said USA senior guard Tim Williams. "We have to play our game. We had guys step up down there (last year) and we have to do the same (tonight).

Jaguars hit road to take on Florida Atlantic
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Re: Game Preview: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

should be a good game. very surprised w/the spread. next two weeks are big for the owls.
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Re: Game Preview: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

What is that sentence about the five guys hamburgers or hot dogs? 

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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Re: Game Preview: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

This being my first game as an alum...does the ticket office take credit card is cash only? lol
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Re: Game Preview: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

walty12 said

What is that sentence about the five guys hamburgers or hot dogs?

He was busting on the team's defense…saying they were playing as five different individuals instead of one united front…and if you want to do "Five Guys", then you go to the hamburger joint…
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Re: Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

Martino Brock not playing tonight for USA….+1 for FAU.
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Re: Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

Looks like Pablo Bertone will be picking up his first start tonight in place of Alex Tucker...USA mixing it up with Brock out of the line-up.
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Re: Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

Starters

South Alabama

G Tim Williams
G Rico Sanders
F Gary Redus
F DeAndre' Hersey
C Augustine Rubit

FAU

G Ray Taylor
G Pablo Bertone
G Greg Gantt
F Kore White
F Brett Royster
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Re: Game Thread: South Alabama vs FAU - 01/06/11 @ 7:00PM

We're underway…FAU controls…
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