Cross Town Matchup
Lynn (0-0, 0-0) @ FAU (0-0, 0-0)
When: Thursday, Nov. 8th - 7:00PM EST
Where: FAU Arena
Live Video: None
Internet Broadcast: Here
Live Stats: Gametracker if Available
Lynn University Team Site: Here
G Rodney Kennedy
G Chris Hall
G Jimmy Gaskins
F Craig Brown
F Bo Jukic
G Dennis Mavin
G Alex Tucker
G Greg Gantt
F Kore White
F Brett Royster
Last Time Out
The Owls won last year's contest 78-59 at FAU Arena. Brett Royster led FAU with 20 points while Greg Gantt pitched in 18. Lynn was paced by Chris Hall's game high 25 points. The Fighting Knights shot a paltry 29.2% from the field, which was the difference, despite keeping a -2 rebounding effort in tact. Forward Michel Vidal hauled in a game high 11 boards.
Lynn at a Glance
Monday will mark the first action of the season for the Fighting Knights. Last season they finished 3rd in the Sunshine State Conference, where they are once again tabbed to place again in 2010-11.
A familiar face will make their way onto the hardwood at FAU Arena in Chris Watson, who played for the Owls in the 2008-2009 season and averaged 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 32 games. After suffering a preseason injury prior the Owls' 2009-10 slate, Watson transferred to Lynn where he is currently an Aviation Major.
The Fighting Knights are an upperclassmen laiden team with five juniors and five seniors on the roster, to just three underclassmen (2 FR, 1 SO). They competed well from long range last season, connecting at a 38.6% success rate, but that could change with the recent addition of true freshman Craig Brown. Brown, a 6'6" 230lb forward, averaged 21 ppg as a senior at North Miami Beach Senior High School. He is expected to provide an inside presence in 2010-11.
Vidal (11.5 rpg, 1st SSC) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year in the Sunshine State Conference last season, while Hall (19.8 ppg, 3rd SSC) was named to the first team.
FAU at a Glance
The Owls are stinging from last Thursday's exhibition loss to Northwood University in which the iron was very unkind at 2-of-25 from long range.
"The only time that you lose is when you don't learn. If we don't learn from (tonight) then tonight was a loss. If we learn, then it was a victory", said Coach Mike Jarvis.
They will look to apply a number of changes, hopefully.
Owl's Nest Prediction
Two things need to happen right away: shooting from long range must improve, and defense on the perimeter must get better.
Kore White, who had a game high 14 rebounds against Northwood, will help give FAU a more solidified advantage on the backboard this time around, but Lynn returns its top grabber in Vidal.
Additionally, having a quick 6'6", 230 lb small forward to deal with in Brown is something to be concerned about. The wing creates a mismatch given his size. Will be interesting to see how the Owls defend him, setting up a preview for later opponents, especially in non conference action.
Gantt was streaky at times last season, and had an off night last Thursday. Would expect him to return to form, with passion, and knock down a run of shots.
Regardless, Owls roll in this one.
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