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GAME THREAD: WKU vs FAU - 01/15/15 @ 7:00 PM

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What: FAU (7-7, 0-3 C-USA) vs WKU (10-5, 3-0 C-USA)

When: Thurs, Jan 15th @ 7:00 PM

Where: FAU Arena


TV: None

Live Video: Here *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Hilltoppers Team Site: Here


Probable Starters


WKU

G Chris Harrison-Docs 11.7 ppg
G T.J. Price 17.3 ppg
G Trency Jackson 9.9 ppg
F George Fant 12.6 ppg
F Aleksej Rostov 2.3 ppg


FAU

G Marquan Botley 11.2 ppg
G Solomon Poole 14.9 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.2 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.4 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.6 ppg


The Series

Western Kentucky leads 10-5, and the Owls have won three of the last four.

01/26/12 *H W 67-66
02/16/12 *A L 57-64
01/12/13 *A W 65-62
02/14/13 *H W 84-78


WKU at a Glance

Offense - 73.5 PPG, 43.8% FG, 37.3% 3PT

Defense - 63.1 PGA, 40.4% FGA, 31.5% 3PTA

Rebounding - 38.0 PG Team, 35.6 PG Opponents


Notables

The Hilltoppers are one of three teams who are undefeated in Conference USA play thus far for 2014-15. They rank third in the league in both scoring (73.5 ppg), and field goal percentage defense (40.4%).

George Fant had 24 points and 13 rebounds against No. 25 Old Dominion, a performance which earned him player of the week honors. Prior to the game Western Kentucky had lost to every Top 25 opponent over the last five seasons with a record of 0-8.

WKU is coming off an extended six game home stand, and have won five straight. However, they are just 1-3 away from Diddle Arena.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 62.1 PPG, 42.7% FG, 35.4% 3PT

Defense - 61.5 PGA, 42.2% FGA, 24.7% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.1 PG Team, 34.7 PG Opponents


Notables

The Owls are looking to snap a three game losing streak and put a mark in the league win column as well. They haven't started a season at 0-3 there since the 2009-10 season.

Center Justin Raffington and point guard D'Andre Johnson did not practice Wednesday. Johnson is still listed as day-to-day, and Raffington will not play.

Solomon Poole is leading the Owls in scoring at 14.9 points per outing in the seven games since he was cleared to play.


Latest Line

WKU - 3


Owl's Nest Prediction

WKU - 4
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Tonight's Starters:

G Marquan Botley 11.2 ppg
G Solomon Poole 14.9 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.2 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.4 ppg
C C.J. Turman 5.6 ppg
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Owls earn the tip, now to play some ball.
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Poole misses Owls' first two shots, WKU does the same. Penn breaks the ice afterwards.

Owls up 2-0 @ 18:08.
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Hilltoppers go 0-5 before hitting, but Poole answers with a TRIPLE!

Turman finds the bucket as well.

FAU leads 7-2 @ 16:33.
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12:33

The Toppers rattle off an 8-4 run, but Jackson Trapp connects for the Owls' 2nd THREE to give them a 14-10 lead.
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Neither team shooting terribly well, FAU at 33.3% (7-of-15) to WKU's 20.0% (6-of-16).

Owls with surprising 12-7 edge off glass.
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Another THREE from the Owls, this time Botley, gives FAU it's largest lead at 20-13.
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9:20 Hilltoppers answer with a 4-0 spurt, pull within three at 20-17.

But Fant just picked up his 2nd personal, time to take a seat.
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7:21

FAU 22  WKU 19

Botley leads the Owls with 6 points, Trapp next with 5.

Lacunza 4 points, 3 rebounds off the bench.
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