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GAME THREAD: MTSU @ FAU - January 16, 2020

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Owls Return to The Burrow to Face MTSU


What: Middle Tennessee State (4-13, 0-4) @ Florida Atlantic (11-6, 3-1)

When: Thursday, January 16th, @ 7:00 PM Eastern

Where: Roofclaim.com Arena

Series: FAU is 5-19 all time against MTSU. However, the Owls defeated the Blue Raiders last year, 63-58.


TV: None

Stream: ESPN + *FEE

Radio: FoxSports 640

Live Stats: Here

MTSU Team Site: Here


Middle Tennessee at a Glance:

Offense - 70.8 PPG, 42% FG, 34% 3PT

Defense - 75.4 PPGA, 46% FGA, 40% 3PTA

Rebounding - 36 RPG Blue Raiders, 37 RPG Opponents


Notables

Middle Tennessee enters Thursday nights match up at Roofclaim.com Arena still searching for their identity. The Blue Raiders have lost 13 straight games against Division I opponents.

This includes an 0-4 start in C-USA play, but the Blue Raiders were very competitive against Marshall, Charlotte and Old Dominion.

Head Coach Nick McDevitt is in his second season at the helm for MTSU. Prior to his arrival in Murfreesboro, McDevitt had a successful tenure as the head coach at UNC-Asheville from 2013- 2018. The team finished 11-21 last season, and is still searching for the spark former Head Coach Kermit Davis gave the team before moving on to Ole Miss.

Keep an eye on guard C.J. Jones. The junior is averaging 16 PPG, and already has seven +20 games this season. Inside, the Blue Raiders feature F Reggie Scurry (7 PPG, 6 RPG). The former Missouri State Bear is a very strong rebounder and could give the Owls troubles inside.


FAU at a Glance:

Offense - 71.4 PPG, 43% FG, 34% 3PT

Defense - 67 PPGA, 43% FGA, 33% 3PTA

Rebounding - 37 RPG Owls, 34 RPG Opponents


Notables

FAU will look to return to their winning ways after an uninspiring road loss to North Texas last Saturday. Despite falling in Denton, the Owls are off to a solid 3-1 start in C-USA play.

The Owls have been without star forward Jailyn Ingram for the last two games due to concussion like symptoms. Ingram's return to action against MTSU is probable. The injury has opened the door to more minutes for true freshmen Dardan Kapiti, who is averaging 9 PPG in the the two matchups.

Senior guard Cornelius Taylor struggled against North Texas only scoring 2 points. Thursday night will be a great opportunity for the former Lincoln Memorial star to get back on track in front of the home crowd.


Latest Line: FAU -9

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Line opens at FAU -9 vs. MTSU. It's a new decade alright!  :Laughing:  :Laughing:

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The boys will be rocking the Paradise Vice jerseys worn during the Boca Beach Tournament.

What do y'all think about this jersey!?


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It doesn't look like the school colors that I can tell on the video.

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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Not a fan personally, for just that reason, but hey whatever makes them happy!
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illinoisowl said

It doesn't look like the school colors that I can tell on the video.
Posted On: Jan 16th 2020, 10:25 AM #393426

It's Miami Vice colors, that's the point.

If the players like them it's fine with me.

GO OWLS!
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Look who's tailgating with the students tonight!


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Thank God, Jailyn Ingram looks good-to-go tonight!


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And it's official, Ingram is back! He's immediately inserted back into the starting five.


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Solid start to the game, but an even better showing by the student section!


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