GAME WEEK CAPSULE: FAU vs. MTSU & UAB - January 13 & 15, 2022
What: Florida Atlantic (8-6, 1-0) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-6, 0-2)
vs. UAB (13-4, 3-1)
When: Thursday, January 13th, @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 15th, @ 4:00 PM
Where: Murphy Center, Murfreesboro
Bartow Center, Birmingham
Series: The Blue Raiders own a 19-8 edge over the Owls, although FAU has won four straight.
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
MTSU Team Site: Here
MTSU at a Glance
Offense - 75.1 PPG, 44% FG, 30% 3PT
Defense - 67 PPGA, 43% FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 35.3 RPG Blue Raiders, 34.6 RPG Opponents
Blue Raider Notables
Middle Tennessee is off to a slow start in conference play following back-to-back losses to Rice and defending C-USA champions North Texas. To their credit, both losses were by single digits, falling 65-61 to the Owls from Houston and 70-63 to the Mean Green.
These defeats come off the hands of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Blue Raider program, forcing a 12-day pause in Murfreesboro.
Guard Josh Johnson lead the team in scoring in MTSU's losing effort last week, scoring 13 and 19 points respectively. He paces the team in scoring throughout this season, averaging 12.7 PPG. His 33% from the arc also leads all Blue Raiders with substantial minutes.
Defensively as a team, MTSU ranks second in the conference in turnovers forced per game, third in average steals, and third in turnover margin. Most of that is curiosity of Eli Lawrence and Jefferson pickpocketing 22 and 20 steals, respectively.
UAB Team Site: Here
UAB at a Glance
Offense - 81.2 PPG, 47% FG, 31% 3PT
Defense - 62.5 PPGA, 39% FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 38.8 RPG Blazers, 35.1 RPG Opponents
The Blazers from Birmingham look to be ready to challenge for the conference crown again despite a shocking 85-80 defeat to the hands of Rice. The loss comes even more surprising as it comes on the back of UAB upending defending C-USA champions North Texas 69-63 in Denton.
UAB will play host to FIU on Thursday. The bad news for the Panthers is that the Blazers are 3-0 this year when coming off a loss and 8-1 following a loss in the Coach Andy Kennedy era.
Coming into this week's games, UAB has four players averaging double digits in scoring. Guard Jordan Walker leads the team with 16.1 PPG, good for fourth in the conference. Behind the talented junior from the Empire State is guard KJ Buffen, guard Quan Jackson, and guard Michael Ertel at 10.8, 10.3, and 10.1, respectively.
Forward Trey Jemison leads the team in RPG with 7.5, placing him fifth in the league. Buffen is not far behind as his 6.7 RPG puts him just outside of the conference's top-ten.
FAU at a Glance
Offense - 75.8 PPG, 46% FG, 35% 3PT
Defense - 67.9 PPGA, 45% FGA, 38% 3PTA
Rebounding - 37.3 RPG Owls, 31.6 RPG Opponents
FAU continues their upward climb with a massive upset of perennial C-USA Basketball power in Marshall. The Owls lit up the scoreboard in route to a 90-77 victory over the Herd in Huntington.
In the win, Michael Forrest led the way with a game-high 27 points, which included six 3-pointers. That performance put the guard from Blanche Ely High School atop the conference in 3-pointers per game.
The Owls' win over the Herd put the boys from Boca atop C-USA's East Division, currently shared with Old Dominion.
Forrest leads the team in scoring with 15.2 PPG. Guards Alijah Martin and BJ Greenlee chase at 13.1 and 10.3, respectively.
As a club, the Owls rank third in C-USA and 64th nationally in 3FG's per game. That said, the .346 conversion rate places FAU seventh in the conference and 146th in the nation.
Nonetheless, FAU's 12.5 offensive rebounds paces the league and sits within the nation's top 30. Moreover, the Owls' +5.7 rebounding margin puts FAU on top of the conference and 54th nationally.
Latest Lines: MTSU FAU +3.5
2021-2022 FAU Basketball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest
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G - Mike Forrest
G - BJ Greenlee
G - Alijah Martin
G - Bitumba Baruti
F - Vladislav Goldin
FAST START from the Owls, who race out to an early 8-0 lead! And how about this GOLDEN shot from Vladi Goldin!? 🪙💫— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 14, 2022
But #MTSU goes 5-8 from the arc to take a 17-16 lead over #FAU with 10:30 left in the first half. pic.twitter.com/JgWmYQ47n5
Rick saidNot to be repetitive (because i probably said this three time sin other threads) but I really like Carlos Rasado.
Guy is going to be a very good player for us…solid skills down low. Old school style.Posted On: Jan 13th 2022, 7:20 PM
I would like anybody that can shoot a three right now.
Eight attempts and Alijah Martin has the lone conversion.
Meanwhile Middle is 49% FG after this loooooong 17-4 run.
Martin is STILL the only Owl with a three pointer.
HALFTIME | #MTSU 40 - 24 #FAU— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) January 14, 2022
Oooooof! Really rough end to the half for the Owls, who allow the Blue Raiders to end the period on a 17-4 run.@martin_alijah leads FAU scorers with 8 points, including this difficult layup! pic.twitter.com/FEBiYb494n