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GAME THREAD: UAB vs FAU - 01/08/15 @ 8:00 PM

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What: FAU (7-5, 0-1 C-USA) vs UAB (5-9, 1-0 C-USA)

When: Thursday, Jan 8th @ 8:00 PM

Where: Bartow Arena


TV: None

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Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Blazers Team Site: Here


Probable Starters

FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.0 ppg
G Solomon Poole 15.6 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.7 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.3 ppg
C C.J. Turman 4.9 ppg


UAB

G Nick Norton 6.2 ppg
G Hakeem Baxter 7.1 ppg
G Robert Brown 13.4 ppg
F William Lee 4.7 ppg
F Tosin Mehinti 6.3 ppg

 

The Series

The Blazers and Owls are tied, all time, at 1.

12/22/08 A L 43-76
02/08/14 H W 82-71


UAB at a Glance

Offense - 65.3 PPG, 40.2.4% FG, 28.6% 3PT

Defense - 70.8 PGA, 42.9% FGA, 34.7% 3PTA

Rebounding - 34.9 PG Team, 38.9 PG Opponents


Notables

UAB (5-9, 0-1) enters Thursday's contest off of a 54-49 win over Middle Tennessee. The win marked UAB's first league-opening victory since the 2010-11 season and ended a three-game losing skid.

Virginia Tech transfer Robert Brown leads the Blazers at 13.4 points per game.

AB clinched the Conference USA opener at Middle Tennessee with strong free-throw shooting in the final minutes. During the last 1:15 of the game, UAB hit 8-of-10 from the line, with six of those free-throw makes coming from sophomore guard Hakeem Baxter, who finished 7-of-8 from the free-throw stripe.

The Blazers held the Blue Raiders to a 26.9 percent (14-of-52) shooting performance for the game, including a 19.2 percent (5-of-26) clip in the second half. Both the 14 made field goals and the 26.2 percent shooting performance by the Blue Raiders marked the lowest totals against the Blazers this season. The previous lows both came against then-No. 16 Florida, who hit 18 field goals and shot just 34 percent against UAB.

UAB ranks third in Conference USA in free-throw percentage. The Blazers have hit 201-of-289 (69.6 percent) free-throw shots this season.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.8 PPG, 43.1% FG, 36.0% 3PT

Defense - 59.4 PGA, 41.8% FGA, 23.5% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.2 PG Team, 33.8 PG Opponents


Notables

FAU (7-5, 0-1 C-USA) lost to rival FIU 62-60 on Sunday, despite 22 points from Solomon Poole and a 13-point, seven rebound performance from Kelvin Penn. Jackson Trapp added 11 points. It was the first home loss of the season.

FAU won last year's meeting with UAB, 82-71. Four Owls scored in double-figures in the game, including Marquan Botley narrowly missing a triple-double with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

FAU makes its first Conference USA road trip of the season at UAB.

The Owls are first in the nation, holding opponents to 23.6 percent from three-point range. FAU is also 40th in the nation in scoring
defense, holding opponents to 59.4 points per game.

Marquan Botley narrowly missed recording the first triple-double in school history when he posted 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in last yearís 82-71 victory over UAB. Botley is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game and leads the team in assists.


Latest Line

UAB -3


Owl's Nest Prediction

FAU -4
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Big game, 0-2 start to conf play no beuno.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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FAU Starters

G Marquan Botley 12.0 ppg
G Solomon Poole 15.6 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.7 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.3 ppg
C C.J. Turman 4.9 ppg
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D'Andre Johnson did not travel to tonight's game due to injury.
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FAU's first and last trip to Bartow Arena came in 2008 - a 76-43 loss. Last year, the Owls defeated the Blazers in Boca Raton.
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UAB wins the tip and first possession.
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FAU defends well, but Solomon Poole misses a jumper and UAB gets a long two. FAU responds with a Jackson Trapp hook shot to tie the game at 2.
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The teams trade turnovers, but the game remains tied at 2. UAB hits one of two FTs to lead by one. Trapp then feeds it to Marquan Botley for two and the Owls have their first lead, 4-3.
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Baxter hits a three for UAB and the Blazers (who shoot 28% from beyond the arc) and Javier Lacunza responds with an FAU three! 7-6, FAU.
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UAB hits another three and Trapp responds with a two to ties the game at 9. But UAB then hits its fourth three, very unlikely, to lead 12-9.
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