FGCU/UCA PREVIEW

Conway, AR- FGCU (13-9, 3-5 ASUN) heads on the road to face ASUN newcomer, Central Arkansas (6-14, 3-4 ASUN), Thursday night at 8:45 PM from the Farris Center.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 76.0 ppg, shoot 44.7% (595/1332) from the field, and 35.5% (233/657) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 38.3 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 16.4 assists, 7.1 steals, and 4.5 blocks per game. FGCU averages 14.4 team turnovers per game.

Stats (UCA):

The Sugar Bears average 72.2 ppg, shoot 43.7% (546/1249) from the field, and 30.8% (138/448) from beyond the arc. UCA averages 34.8 team rebounds per game. The Sugar Bears dish out 14.1 assists, 7.0 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game. UCA averages 14.5 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Players To Watch For (UCA):

6’7 JR G/F Darious Hall 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg

6’3 FR G Camren Hunter 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg

6’2 SO G Collin Cooper 10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Overview:

FGCU faces a UCA team that played a non-conference schedule, that included games on the road vs Butler, Baylor, Arkansas, and Texas A&M. The Sugar Bears have wins in ASUN play vs EKU, UNA, and Lipscomb. Head Coach Anthony Boone has led the team since the end of the 2019-20 season. The Sugar Bears are led offensively by 6’7 JR G/F Darious Hall who averages 13.6 ppg. UCA joins the ASUN Conference after playing in the Southland Conference.

The Eagles desperately need an ASUN road win, as they currently only have 1 on the season, and that came against Stetson University on 1/18. The Eagles will be led offensively by Tavian Dunn-Martin who averages 19.0 ppg. Kevin Samuel (11.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg) has dominated teams this season in the post, and he will look to do the same, and earn another double double vs UCA. The Eagles can’t afford to be 3-6, and looking up at Liberty, KSU, JU, and Stetson, so they will have to show some resiliency, and earn this victory.

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