MERCER/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (9-3) faces Mercer University (7-4) Sunday afternoon at 2 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats:

Mercer averages 73.9 ppg, shoot 45.7% (294/643) from the field, and 26.7% (99/284) from beyond the arc. The Bears grab 33.6 team rebounds per game. Mercer dishes out 14.9 assists, 9.0 steals, and 2.9 blocks per game. The Bears average 13.4 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (MU):

6’9 R-SR F Felipe Haase 15.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg

6’6 GR G Jalen Johnson 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg

6’2 R-JR G Neftali Alvarez 13.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 12.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 10.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Overview:

The FGCU/Mercer rivalry is back in full effect with the Bears back in town Sunday afternoon. The Eagles lost the first matchup in the series on the road vs Mercer on 11/15/19, 84-68.

FGCU will continue to lean on Tavian Dunn-Martin (19.5 ppg) to lead the Eagles Sunday offensively. The Bears are led by Head Coach Greg Gary, who is in his 3rd season leading the Bears. Mercer is led offensively by 6’9 R-SR F Felipe Haase who averages 15.3 ppg.

Mercer has wins this season vs Kennesaw State, Life University, Bucknell, Milligan, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Coastal Carolina. They lost games to Arkansas, Winthrop, St Louis, and MTSU. This FGCU team is full of hype, and getting to double digits in wins before ASUN Conference play would be a huge confidence booster for the Eagles. Our friends at A Sea of Red even have FGCU as #1 in their ASUN Power Rankings, ahead of Liberty University. Until the Eagles win another ASUN Championship, we will always wonder if the Dunk City Sweet 16 team, will always be the deepest run the Eagles will ever go on, or if there is more magic in sight.

Prediction:

FGCU 71 MU 67

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