FGCU/JU PREVIEW

Jacksonville, FL- FGCU (11-4, 1-0 ASUN) heads on the road to face Jacksonville University (8-4, 0-0 ASUN) Saturday night at 6 PM from Historic Swisher Gymnasium.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 78.3 ppg, shoot 46.0% (418/909) from the field, and 36.1% (162/449) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 38.9 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 17.1 assists, 7.7 steals, and 4.9 blocks per game. FGCU averages 14.9 team turnovers per game.

Stats (JU):

The Dolphins average 68.9 ppg, shoot 45.9% (311/677) from the field, and 35.7% (81/277) from beyond the arc. JU averages 36.3 team rebounds per game. The Dolphins dish out 14.3 assists, 9.6 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game. JU averages 13.4 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’2 R-JR G Kevion Nolan 12.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg

6’3 GR G Jordan Davis 10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg

6’1 R-SO G Tommy Bruner 9.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Players To Watch For (JU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg

Overview:

JU opens up ASUN Conference play vs FGCU, after their first ASUN Conference game of the season was postponed against Kennesaw State, due to COVID-19 protocols Wednesday night. FGCU faces a JU team that has played games on the road vs Minnesota, UCF, Georgia, and Pittsburgh as part of their non-conference schedule. The Dolphins are led by Francis H “Frank” Barker Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jordan Mincy, who is in his 1st season leading JU, after six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. Mincy is a great coach that has an opportunity to change the culture of JU Men’s Basketball. Leading scorer Kevion Nolan is an absolute stud at guard when healthy, and averages 12.8 ppg. He missed most of the season last year and only played in 9 games for JU, and when healthy can be the X factor for the Dolphins.

Tavion Dunn-Martin, fresh off another double double against UNF, looks to continue his great play vs the Dolphins. UNF was able to limit him in the 2nd half scoring offensively, but he was able to dish the ball to other Eagles, leading to a great win to start ASUN Conference play. Look for Kevin Samuel (11.6 ppg) to continue to impact these ASUN Conference games in the paint, as he has been the guy for FGCU, and is unguardable so far, in his 1st season with the Eagles. Cyrus Largie (12.5 ppg) and Caleb Catto (8.4 ppg) have lit a fire under this team lately, and with the Eagles making threes, this team is capable of big things when these guards are hitting shots.

Prediction:

FGCU 74 JU 68

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