SERIES THREAD: FAU vs FIU - January 14 & 16, 2021
What: Florida Atlantic (5-6, 0-2) vs. Florida International (8-4, 2-2)
When: Thursday, January 14, @ 7 PM Eastern
Saturday, January 16, @ 4 PM Eastern
Where: Ocean Bank Convocation Center
Series: The Panthers lead the all-time series 18-15, including a three-game win streak.
FIU Team Site: Here
Stream: ESPN+ *Subscription Required
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
FIU at a Glance:
Offense - 81.8 PPG, 46% FG, 36% 3PT
Defense - 70.7 PPGA, 44% FGA, 32% 3PTA
Rebounding - 35.9 RPG Panthers, 36.9 RPG Opponents
The Panthers currently sit one game behind Conference USA's East Division leading Old Dominion. ODU split their series with FIU two weeks ago before sweeping FAU last weekend.
Last time out, FIU split their series against a struggling Middle Tennessee program. The Panthers won game one 68-55 and fell in game two 67-56.
FIU ranks #30 in the nation in scoring thanks to the shooting prowess of talented guard Antonio Daye, Jr. The junior from Fort Lauderdale High School averages 18 points per game.
FAU at a Glance
Offense - 80.5 PPG, 47% FG, 38% 3PT
Defense - 65.7 PPGA, 42% FGA, 36% 3PTA
Rebounding - 40.3 RPG Owls, 32.5 RPG Opponents
The Owls are amidst a three-game losing streak, and a four-game skid when facing Division I opponents. This includes a 0-2 start to conference play as the Owls were swept by Old Dominion last week by scores of 71-67 and 64-55.
Forward Jailyn Ingram had a game-high 26 points in game one. In game two, guard BJ Greenlee owned a team-high 14 points while Ingram earned his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
FAU is still led in points and rebounding by Ingram with 16 and 6.4 per game, respectively.
Latest Line: FAU +4.5
No changes in tonight's starting five from the sweep against ODU. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing as the Owls have been able to start off games rather well with these five. Finding the best rotations is where the Owls have slipped up. Coach May said that would be a big point of emphasis going into this rivalry week.
Despite the slump, no changes in @CoachDustyMay's starting lineup tonight.#FAU's Starting 5⃣ 🆚 #FIU, Game ☝️ ⬇️— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 15, 2021
G - BJ Greenlee
G - Michael Forrest
G - Kenan Blackshear
F - Jailyn Ingram
F - Karlis Silins
It's #BeatFIU time! #GoOwls 👌
.@m_ke1135 gave #FAU an lead early and the Owls haven't looked back since! @FAUMBB with their best ten minutes of basketball all season, giving #FIU a taste of their own medicine with nonstop up-tempo play.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 15, 2021
FAU leads FIU 18-9 | 10:14 1H pic.twitter.com/Si5rog2i9F
HALFTIME | #FIU leads #FAU 31-29— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 15, 2021
FIU has the lead for the first time after converting a bank shot as the half expires.
Owls leading every stat category but 3FG & TO's.@2easyJ_ leads FAU in scoring with 9 points, including this coast ➡️ coast showcase of individual skill. pic.twitter.com/U7p3dKcjn0
owlmart saidIíll admit. We were up by 10 when I turned the game on… this is on mePosted On: Jan 14th 2021, 8:25 PM
.@2easyJ_ finds a cutting @EWinchester220 who hits the smooth reverse layup while getting HACKED by the #FIU defender. Refs failed to blow their whistle.#FAU leads FIU 41-39 | 15:08 2H pic.twitter.com/ObWpvT3bbP— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 15, 2021