HILTON GARDEN INN FGCU INVITATIONAL: INDIANA PURDUE FORT WAYNE/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (5-2) faces Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (3-2) Sunday night at 6 PM in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational. The Eagles look to extend their winning steak to five games with a win Sunday night.

Stats:

IPFW averages 75.2 ppg, shoot 47.3% (140/296) from the field, 36.3% (41/113) from beyond the arc, and average 33.0 team rebounds per game. The Mastodons dish out 13.2 assists, 9.0 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game. IPFW averages 14.2 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (IPFW):

6’5 SR G Jarred Godfrey 19.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg

6’4 GR G Jalon Pipkins 13.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg

6’9 R-SR F Ra Kpedi 12.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 12.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg

6’5 SR G Caleb Catto 8.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Overview:

IPFW heads into this game with FGCU, splitting the first two games of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational winning vs SLU 74-66, and losing to Western Michigan 93-85 in overtime. IPFW plays in the Horizon League and are led by Head Coach Jon Cuffman, who is in his 8th season leading the Mastodons. IPFW is led in scoring by Jarred Godfrey who averages 19.0 ppg.

FGCU has won both games in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational, beating Central Michigan, 77-67, Friday night , and Southeastern Louisiana, 90-71, Saturday night. The Eagles continue to get ASUN first team type play out of Tavian Dunn-Martin who scored 29 pts Friday night, while dishing out 13 assists Saturday night. Kevin Samuel is playing like the true big man that the Eagles hoped they would have, after he signed with the team, he finished with 18 pts Saturday night and is a true problem in the post. Cyrus Largie is having a strong Junior season, and is constantly in double figures scoring, providing a huge boost to the backcourt. FGCU has a chance to extend their winning streak to five games with a win Sunday night vs IPFW.

Prediction:

FGCU 84 IPFW 72

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