#5 UNA / #6 FGCU ASUN SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

Jacksonville, FL- #6 FGCU (10-7) faces #5 UNA (12-10), Friday might, with a win sending the Eagles to the ASUN Championship game, Sunday afternoon from UNF Arena.

Stats:

UNA averages 72.0 ppg, shoot 42.1% (564/1340) from the field, 32.6% (169/519) from beyond the arc, and average 39.7 team rebounds per game. The Lions dish out 11.0 assists, grab 5.8 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game. UNA averages 14.3 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’3 SO G Cyrus Largie 13.6 ppg

6’5 JR G Caleb Catto 13.2 ppg

6’3 SR G Jalen Warren 11.9 ppg

Players To Watch For (UNA):

6’7 SO F Mervin James 13.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg

6’1 JR G Jamari Blackmon 9.8 ppg

6’7 JR F Emmanuel Littles 9.8 ppg

Overview:

#5 UNA heads into the ASUN Semifinals, after upsetting #4 UNF 68-60, Thursday afternoon from Swisher Gymnasium. Both Emmanuel Littles (20 pts, 13 reb) and Mervin James (17 pts, 11 reb) had double doubles in the game. UNA had 41 points in the 2nd half of this game to separate themselves from UNF. Every game in the ASUN Quarterfinals was an upset, except for #1 Liberty beating #8 Kennesaw State 69-59. This game is a huge opportunity for both teams and especially for FGCU, who lacked the opportunity to play consistent basketball due to multiple COVID-19 layoffs.

FGCU needs to find a way to shut down Littles and James in this game. The two big men are the key to a Lions victory. The Eagles caught a break with #7 Stetson University upsetting #2 Bellarmine University, so they would only face #1 Liberty University, in an ASUN Championship game. The Eagles did not play Liberty this season since the games were cancelled as part of a COVID-19 shutdown. This game is a huge opportunity for FGCU, and Coach Fly. The Eagles swept the Lions during during the regular season.

Prediction:

#6 FGCU 74 #5 UNA 68

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