2021 C-USA Men's Basketball Tournament Thread
What: No. 4 FAU (12-9) vs. No. 5 UTEP (12-11)
When: Wednesday, March 10th, @ 9:30 PM Eastern
Where: Ford Center at The Star
Series: The Miners own a slight 5-4 edge over the Owls, although FAU won the last three meetings.
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Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
UTEP Team Site: Here
UTEP at a Glance:
Offense - 70.8 PPG, 42.6% FG, 33.2% 3PT
Defense - 68.2 PPGA, 43.2% FGA, 33.8% 3PTA
Rebounding - 34.5 RPG Miners, 35.1 RPG Opponents
UTEP enters the C-USA Tournament as the No.5 seed from the West division. The Miners have won four straight conference matchups, including series sweeps over Florida International and Charlotte.
Last time out, the Miners had the eyes of the college basketball world upon them as they took one of the game's blue-bloods to a close finish. After winning the majority of the game, the Kansas Jayhawks pulled away from the upset minded Miners for a 67-62 victory in Lawrence.
Souley Boum leads the Miners in scoring with 16.8 PPG, good for the third best in the conference. He, as well as teammate Bryson Williams were named All-C-USA Third Team for this season.
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 78.6 PPG, 46.6% FG, 41.1% 3PT
Defense - 66.3 PPGA, 41.1% FGA, 34.2% 3PTA
Rebounding - 42.3.8 RPG Owls, 35 RPG Opponents
Just like UTEP, the Owls enter the C-USA Tournament on a four-game win streak agains conference opponents following sweeps over Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee. FAU automatically makes the second round of the tournament as the East division's No. 4 seed.
In their most recent game, guard Michael Forrest lead the team with 16 points en route to a 63-54 victory over MTSU. The win secured the third straight winning record the the FAU Men's Basketball program, a feet never accomplished since the team's transition to Division I.
Forward Jailyn Ingram continues to pace the Owls in PPG and RPG with 12.5 and 12.1, respectively. Forrest is the only other Owl averaging double digits in scoring with 12.1
A trio of Owls average around nine points per game. Guard BJ Greenlee (9.9), center Karlis Silins (9.9), and guard Kenan Blackshear (9.6)
The winner of this contest will play Louisiana Tech in the next round on the following day.
Opening Line: FAU +3.5
2021 FAU Men's Basketball Schedule
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UTSA holds off Charlotte, 72-62. The usually high scoring Road Roadrunners face top seed WKU in the Quarterfinals.
Rice upsets Marshall, 72-68. The Owls from Houston will see UAB in the Quarterfinals.
It's GO TIME! @FAUMBB is all set for the Second Round of the #CUSA Tournament!#FAU's Starting 5⃣ vs. #UTEP ⬇️— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 11, 2021
G - BJ Greenlee
G - Mike Forrest
G - Kenan Blackshear
F - Everett Winchester
C - Karlis Silins
LET'S DO THIS BOYS! #GoOwls! 👌 pic.twitter.com/j1f9rHPscL
What a piece of individual skill from @M_ke1135! He earns the steal, works the step in the paint, and hits the layup to give the Owls the lead!#FAU leads #UTEP 15-10 | 12:39 1H pic.twitter.com/RkejoPwnou— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 11, 2021
An 18-8 UTEP run closes the half as the Miners capitalize off a several FAU unforced errors.
HALFTIME | #FAU 34 - #UTEP 33@2easyJ_ with a gorgeous move up top to create space for an open midrange jumper. That shot was needed as it brought an end to a long scoring drought for the Owls. @karlis_silins has a TH 9 PTS. JI isn't far behind with 8 PTS & a GH 4 Rebs. pic.twitter.com/CxJSrVtCRv— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 11, 2021