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GAME THREAD: UTEP vs FAU - 02/05/15 @ 8:00 PM

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What: UTEP (14-7, 6-3 C-USA) vs FAU (8-11, 1-7 C-USA)

When: Thursday, Feb 5th @ 8:00 PM

Where: FAU Arena

TV: ASN

Live Video: None

Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM

Live Stats: Here

Miners Team Site: Here


Probable Starters


UTEP

G C.J. Cooper 7.3 ppg
G Omega Harris 7.1 ppg
F Vince Hunter 15.9 ppg
F Julian Washburn 9.9 ppg
F Cedrick Lang 10.1 ppg


FAU

G Marquan Botley 13.2 ppg
G Solomon Poole 14.6 ppg
G Justin Massey 8.1 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.9 ppg
C Justin Raffington 9.2 ppg


The Series

The Owls took the lone meeting thus far.

2/13/14 *A W 71-69


UTEP at a Glance

Offense - 70.4 PPG, 47.4% FG, 36.8% 3PT

Defense - 63.7 PGA, 41.3% FGA, 34.2% 3PTA

Rebounding - 35.3 PG Team, 33.4 PG Opponents


Notables

UTEP is currently on a two game winning streak with their last win coming against Middle Tennessee State 83-70. Vince Hunter led the Miners with 17 points.

Hunter will have FAU's undivided attention entering this week's matchup. The sophomore forward is averaging nearly a double-double with 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season.

The Miners are 3-4 on the road this year but three of their wins have come in conference play.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 63.4 PPG, 41.4% FG, 35.7% 3PT

Defense - 64.7 PGA, 44.4% FGA, 26.7% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.0 PG Team, 35.4 PG Opponents


Notables

After going winless on a three game road trip, FAU will continue their five games in nine day stretch against UTEP at The Burrow.

Last time out the Owls lost to FIU 64-56. Justin Massey led the team with 16 points while Justin Raffington added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

After missing the last three games Jackson Trapp is expected to play against UTEP. This year Trapp is averaging 11 points and three rebounds per game.

FAU will try to snap a three game losing streak.

Latest Line

UTEP -6


Owl's Nest Prediction

UTEP -4
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Marquan Botley, THE UTEP KILLER!!!
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Let's hope so!
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Televised game and not many people in the stands. Not many students in the student section either.
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Give it 20 and let's see…ALWAYS fashionably late in Boca Raton.

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Tonight's starters will be Botley, Raffington, Trapp, Poole and Penn. With Jackson Trapp back in the lineup it will be interesting to see how coach will manage Massey's minutes. Massey played really well in the second half against FIU.
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Wit seconds to spare before the lineups are introduced, a ton of students have come in to make the student section half-filled.
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Rick said

Give it 20 and let's see…ALWAYS fashionably late in Boca Raton.

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Posted On: Feb 5th 2015, 7:51 PM #341775

Yep. Pretty much.
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A rare entry pass pass from Penn leads to an easy layup by Raffington. Team looks a lot more urgent tonight after a slow start against FIU.
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Trapp takes his first shot and airballs a three. First shot jitters I'm assuming.
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