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GAME WEEK THREAD: FAU vs. FIU - February 5th & 8th, 2020

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Bury The Burrow in Red Returns with FIU in Town


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.


TV: None

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


Notables

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


Notables

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

Additional Links:

2019-2020 FAU Basketball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest

2019-2020 FAU Basketball Season Discussion Thread - FAU Owl's Nest

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We're closing in on tipoff from The Burrow.


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Interesing to see Blacksheer in the starting line up today.


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With Scuta draining a pair of three pointers, FAU already has converted more from the arc than they did at FIU on Wednesday.


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Owls need to take advantage of the sloppy place from FIU. The Panthers haven't scored in over three minutes, with four turnovers killing their possessions.


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Really funny to see how much FIU respects Scuta's three point ability. I don't blame them, but seeing their reaction once he gets a touch along the arc is hilarious.


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OH MY KARLIS SILINS!!!!


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HALFTIME. FAU leads FIU, 39-27.

The Owls FINALLY have a strong finish to the first half!


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FIU starts the half hot, with Maitre making the only FAU FG of the half as we hit the first media break.


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Now it's Jailyn Ingram's turn to shake the rim!


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