2022 C-USA Men's Basketball Championship Capsule
What: No. 3 FAU (18-13) vs. No. 6 UTSA (10-21) / No. 7 Southern Miss (6-25)
When: Wednesday, March 10th, @ 9:30 PM Eastern
Where: Ford Center at The Star
Series: The Owls are 8-6 against the Roadrunners, and even at 5-5 versus the Golden Eagles.
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 74.1 PPG, 45.2% FG, 35.0% 3PT
Defense - 67.8 PPGA, 44.3% FGA, 36.2% 3PTA
Rebounding - 36.5 RPG Owls, 31.7 RPG Opponents
After completing a historic effort which saw them produce a program best 4th straight winning regular season record, the Owls will enjoy the first day of the 2022 C-USA Championship from the sidelines while scouting the opposition.
Their eventual opponent will be familiar as they will face the winner of the No. 6 UTSA vs No. 7 Southern Miss contest on Tuesday night. FAU was victorious over both teams earlier in the year, producing a 73-64 road win against the Roadrunners before downing the Golden Eagles in Boca Raton 84-57 in a lopsided affair.
The Owls endured a four game skid from mid-to-latter February while playing a trio of the leagues higher seeds (WKU, North Texas, MTSU), however righted the ship with a three game win streak to close out the schedule. Two of the victories came over rival FIU.
Florida Atlantic has just one win in the C-USA Championship since joining, a 66-56 victory over Old Dominion in 2020. However, a potential further run was negated as the remainder of the slate was cancelled due to the emergence of COVID onto the scene of both the NCAA and global landscape.
3/08/14 vs Marshall L 63-59
3/09/16 vs Old Dominion L 72-46
3/08/17 vs Marshall L 89-74
3/07/18 vs UAB L 83-72
3/13/19 vs La Tech L 57-56
3/11/20 vs Old Dominion W 66-56
3/11/21 vs La Tech L 75-69
The team will land in Frisco this year in the middle of the pack in most league statistical categories overall, but does enjoy higher notches in defensive rebounds (2nd), rebounding margin (2nd), three point baskets per contest (3rd), and steals (5th).
Guard Michael Forrest takes the 6th ranking in both three point percentage, and threes per outing as well.
Opening Line: TBD/TBA
✍️ "We've been able to compete with every team we've played this year…even the top teams on their home court. We're very confident with whatever our match-up is." - FAU Coach Dusty May on the 2022 C-USA 🏆
Go Owls 🦉🏀🦉
🚨FAU C-USA 🏆 2nd RD OPPONENT SET🚨
#3 E FAU vs #7 W Southern Miss
Wednesday @ 9:30 PM EST.
🕤 TO MAKE MORE HISTORY. Go Owls 🦉🏀🦉
HERE WE GO! #FAU is about to tipoff in their opening game of the #CUSA Tournament.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 10, 2022
The Owls' Starting Five vs. #USM ⬇️
G - @EWinchester2_
G - @bgreenlee21
G - @m_ke1135
G - @martin_alijah
F - Vladi Goldin
Let's do it boys! 👊 #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/XkQGNTfoDg
THERE HE GOES!! 😳😳 No #USM player wanted ANYTHING to do with @martin_alijah as he slams it down with authority!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 10, 2022
This kid is the REAL DEAL! 💪 pic.twitter.com/YZUkladRgS
Owls are ROLLIN' in Frisco! Vlad Goldin hauls in @bgreenlee21's pass and hits the reverse flush to extend the lead!#FAU leads #USM 25-19 with 5:30 left in the half. pic.twitter.com/OXHfVogSuf— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 10, 2022
Owls were shooting hot as can be until about the final four minutes of the half. In fact, FAU's lead reached double digits before a 6-0 swing the other way.
HALFTIME | #FAU 35 - 29 #USM— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 10, 2022
Owls fail to drain a FG in the last 3:50 of the half, yet still hold an all important lead at the break. @bgreenlee21 leads the Owls with 9 PTS, all of which come via the arc.
📊 First Half Stats ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/nCxdaMjPD1
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