GAME WEEK THREAD: FAU vs. FIU - February 5th & 8th, 2020
What: Florida International (16-8, 7-4) @ Florida Atlantic (14-10, 6-5)
When: Saturday, February 8th, 2020 @ 4:00 PM Eastern
Where: Abessinio Court at FAU Arena
Series: FIU leads the all-time series 27-19.
Stream: ESPN+ *Fee
Radio: FoxSports 640
Live Stats: Here
FIU Team Site: Here
FIU at a Glance:
Offense - 79.0 PPG, 46% FG, 36% 3PT
Defense - 73.0 PPGA, 41% FGA, 28% 3PTA
Rebounding - 36.3 RPG Panthers, 40.5 RPG Opponents
The Panthers bring their two game winning streak to Boca Raton for the second leg of a home-and-home against FAU.
FIU shot 42.6% from the field in their dominating victory on Wednesday. Devon Andrews led all Panthers with 15 points, while start center Osasumwen Osaghae followed closely behind in 13 points and three blocks.
With the win, FIU positioned themselves in the final spot of the "top pod" for C-USA's Bonus Play.
FAU at a Glance:
Offense - 71.2 PPG, 43% FG, 33% 3PT
Defense - 68.5 PPGA, 43% FGA, 33% 3PTA
Rebounding - 37.2 RPG Owls, 34.5 RPG Opponents
Dusty May's Owls put themselves in a pickle following Wednesday's embarrassing defeat to rival FIU, falling a game out of position in the 'top pod" race.
With his 13 points, Aleksandar Zecevic was the only Owl to score double digits in the 69-50 loss. He also lead the team along the glass with five rebounds.
FAU will have to play better along the arc in order to come away victorious on Saturday. FIU drained five straight three-pointers to stretch their lead to as much as 25 points in the second half. All the while the Owls only converted one three pointer from 16 attempts.
A stat that favors the Owls will be their 12-2 record at The Burrow. The only loses came against St. Bonaventure and UAB by a combined ten points.
Harkening on their "Bury The Burrow in Red" vs. FIU tradition, FAU Athletics have called for a red-out. Fans are encouraged to partake in the tradition by wearing their "Rivalry Red" gear to the game.
Following this contest, FAU will travel to Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss before C-USA Bonus Play kicks off.
Opening Line: FAU -2.5
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We’re about 20 minutes from tipping off the 2020 edition of Bury The Burrow in Red game vs. #FIU.#FAU is ready to bounce back and to fight for a spot in the top pod of #CUSA’s Bonus Play. pic.twitter.com/JPrC4gQmbH— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 8, 2020
Every time Scuta Taylor looks to shoot a three, #FIU bolts up to double-team him like a group of preteen girls running into Justin Bieber on the street.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 8, 2020
This is allowing #FAU to check-down for open shots. We're okay with that!
Owls lead 22-20 with 7:55 left in the first half.
The Owls FINALLY have a strong finish to the first half!
HALFTIME. #FAU 39 - #FIU 27.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 8, 2020
The Owls defense has forced more FIU turnovers than the Panthers have converted FGs. That's a good Owls' recipe for success!
Silins owns a GH 13 points, with Ingram and Taylor both a 6 a piece.
Richardson Maitre has been dynamite from the mid-range today! He drains this fade-away for his third FG of the day.#FAU leads, but #FIU is surging. Owls up 41-35 with 15:00 to play. pic.twitter.com/hn80FMzsX5— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 8, 2020