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Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM




What: South Florida (5-3, 0-0) vs FAU (4-4, 0-0)

When: Saturday, Dec. 4th @ 8:00 PM EST

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: None

Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Stats: Owls GameTracker

USF Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:

USF

G Jawanza Poland 11.1 ppg
G Anthony Crater 3.6 ppg
F Hugh Robertson 6.8 ppg
F Ron Anderson 10.1 ppg
F Augustus Gilchrist 11.4 ppg

FAU

G Alex Tucker 9.5 ppg
G Dennis Mavin 10.1 ppg
G Greg Gantt 15.5 ppg
F Kore White 10.9 ppg
F Brett Royster 7.5 ppg


The series

The Bulls own a commanding 11-0 mark against the Owls, with all losses occurring in double digits aside from two:

12/16/95 A L 55-56
12/04/96 A L 68-76

Last year, FAU was within a basket late in the first period, but shot just 8-of-34 (23.5%) during the second en route to a 78-58 defeat in Tampa. Augustus Gilchrist led the Bulls with 27 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Greg Gantt paced FAU with 19 points.

Heavily laiden as a road series for the Owls, Saturday's match-up will mark just the fourth time USF has traveled to Boca Raton.


USF at a Glance

Picked to finish 13th in The Big East, the Bulls got off to a rough 0-3 start in 2010-11 before rattling off five straight wins. Like the Owls, their latest win came against a team receiving top 25 votes - Virginia Commonwealth.

Defense has been a staple for South Florida, and it was evident as the Bulls held the Rams 24.8 points below their average in a 60-59 win in overtime.

"That was a big win for us", said head coach Stan Heath. "We have been atrocious in turnovers, and finally did a good job in this game."

Forward Ron Anderson, who comes in as a sixth man, hauled in a game high 13 rebounds and has proven to be a factor on the glass in a number of games this year. The 6'8", 255 lb junior pulled down double digit boards in three of his last four contests to rank first on the roster, and 6th in the league with 8.1 rpg.

From a scoring perspective, it's a been a roulette of sorts, with five different players having led this season: Jawanza Poland, Augustus Gilchrist, Mike Burwell, Hugh Robertson, and Anderson.

USF likes to pound the ball inside as much as possible, with three of their top four producers holding down the forward spot.

South Florida is a former member of the Sun Belt conference (1976-91), and won the league's championship in 1990.


FAU at a Glance

Looking at the schedule thus far, the Owls are pretty much right where they should be. Portland, UF, and George Mason were expected losses. But two games flip flopped in American and Mississippi State.  We'll take the latter though, and the $80k that came with it.

FAU showed signs of the team they are capable of being against the Bulldogs, and can take away a few things from the game.

"Let the little guys shoot the jumps shots, and big guys go in and really take care of business inside. I think we're going to learn that", coach Mike Jarvis said.

Also of note was a pesky zone defense that FAU employed for the first time for all pretenses. And that is a plus as the conference schedule approaches.

At hand on Saturday is another opportunity to pad RPI and establish maturity with the biggest non-conference home game on the slate. It will be another challenge for the Owls' front court.

"The main difference (over last year) is they are coming to our place. We're gonna be tougher. Their strength is what has been our weakness so far, and that's inside. Their gonna come at us inside, and try and foul out both our big guys. We're going to have to find a way to neutralize that", Jarvis said.

The atmosphere will surely help, as the first "Pack the Burrow in Red" will be in effect.

"We're gonna have everybody in red, one of my favorite colors. Hopefully we'll come out with a little bit of fire, which is also red, coming out of our nostrils", said Jarvis.

The Owls enter Saturday's match-up ranked 3rd amongst all Division I programs in turnovers per game (9.4). Greg Gantt leads the team from long range on 19-of-47 (40.4%) shooting.


Latest Line:

FAU -1


Owl's Nest Prediction

Florida Atlantic will likely have trouble with South Florida's size, but statistically the Owls offer a solid match-up against the Bulls. FAU gives up a few rebounds per contest, but makes up for it in points per game +5.1, and turnovers -7.7. Get out to see this one, it should be a barn burner.

FAU -3
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Re: Game Preview: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Is there a womans game before or is it just strictly a mens game at 8?

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Jab979 said

Is there a womans game before or is it just strictly a mens game at 8?

Just the men!

Hope everyone can get out to the Burrow.  This has the opportunity to have the feel of a "real" college basketball game,  the likes of which have never been experienced on campus (if people show up–and we play well).

Caution to those that are just beginning to follow college basketball:  WE will lose games this year.  Several actually.  We also have the opportunity to win several, so if and when we lose this year, it is not the end of the world.  I know sometimes people see we beat an SEC team and think we are going to win the NC, and then when we lose down the road to a team like Hofstra, some will want to fire Jarvis.  It is a building and growing process and we are headed in the right direction.  There will be times when we simply don't play well.

If you have not been a fan of basketball, now is the time to get on board.  We have a great product on the court (but sometimes we will lose).

Back-to-back SEC and Big East wins would be unbelievable!

Go Owls!!
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Re: Game Preview: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Well said fauowl!

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Game Preview: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Jab979 said

Well said fauowl!
Agreed
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Re: Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Let's make it 1-1 for the day tonight!

Looks like the team is playing the part for the Red Out; sporting some new shorts…

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Re: Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Rowdy bunch on hand tonight at FAU Arena!
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Re: Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Starters:

USF

G Mike Burwell
G Anthony Crater
F Hugh Robertson
F Ron Anderson
F Augustus Gilchrist

FAU

G Alex Tucker
G Dennis Mavin
G Greg Gantt
F Kore White
F Brett Royster
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Re: Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

Gilchrist hanging around too long on the rim - TECHNICAL.

:D
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Re: Game Thread: USF @ FAU - 12/04/10 @ 8:00PM

15:26

10-4 FAU

Tucker has 5 points for the Owls
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