FGCU/FIU PREVIEW

Miami, FL- FGCU (6-2), winner of their last 5 games, look to stay hot and face another tough test in FIU (6-1), who has won their last 6 games, as the two teams face off Wednesday at 7 PM from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami. Florida.

Stats:

FIU averages 74.4 ppg, shoot 45.3% (178/393) from the field, and 36.8% (71/193) from beyond the arc. The Golden Panthers average 37.0 team rebounds per game. FIU dishes out 16.3 assists, 7.3 steals, and 5.0 blocks per game. The Golden Panthers average 13.1 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 20.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg

6’11 GR C Kevin Samuel 9.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Players To Watch For (FIU):

5’8 R-JR G Tevin Brewer 14.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg

6’4 FR G Denver Jones 11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg

6’8 GR F Clevon Brown 8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Overview:

Fresh off winning ASUN Conference Player of the Week, Tavian Dunn-Martin, looks to continue his hot stretch as of late carrying this Eagles team offensively. FGCU continues to get Kevin Samuel going offensively and he continues to be a problem for teams in the post. Cyrus Largie continues his stellar Junior season averaging 12.8 ppg, and the combination of Largie and Dunn-Martin will give the rest of the ASUN Conference fits comes conference play.

FIU comes into this game winners of their last six games, only losing their road opener to the University of Georgia, 58-51. Their NCAA D-1 wins include UNF, UNC Greensboro, Green Bay, Ball State, and North Dakota. Offensively, the Golden Panthers are led by Tevin Brewer who averages 14.9 ppg. Head Coach Jeremy Ballard is in his 4th season leading FIU. The Eagles lost to FIU 85-69 last season at Alico Arena. In that game Caleb Catto led the Eagles with 22 pts, but FGCU was unable to overcome a 48-31 halftime deficit. This is a huge game for both teams, as FGCU looks to continue their great stretch of play as of late.

Prediction:

FGCU 71 FIU 68

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