GAME THREAD: MTSU @ FAU - January 16, 2020
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.
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
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
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
What do y'all think about this jersey!?
illinoisowl saidIt doesn't look like the school colors that I can tell on the video.Posted On: Jan 16th 2020, 10:25 AM
It's Miami Vice colors, that's the point.
If the players like them it's fine with me.
Shoutout to @FAU_Football’s @CoachTaggart for supporting @FAU_Hoops tonight!— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 16, 2020
We’ll file this under content we love to see 😍#FAU Basketball is an hour away from tip-off against #MTSU. #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/1TNB9OsHJE
#FAU's Starting Five vs. #MTSU:— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 17, 2020
G - Cornelius "Scuta" Taylor
G - Richardson Maitre
G - Everett Winchester
F - Jailyn Ingram
F - Aleksandar Zecevic
Jailyn Ingram is OFFICIALLY back! pic.twitter.com/gKp1017V3k
#FAU hits all of their last 4 FG attempts, including a pair of threes from Scuta, and this solid bit of individual effort from Zecevic.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 17, 2020
Owls lead #MTSU 10-8 with 15:30 left in the first half.
AND HOW ABOUT THAT STUDENT SECTION THO pic.twitter.com/ObtKIBBTSc