FGCU/LIPSCOMB PREVIEW

Nashville, TN- FGCU (14-9, 4-5 ASUN) heads on the road to face Lipscomb University (10-14, 3-6 ASUN) Saturday night at 5 PM from Allen Arena.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 76.8 ppg, shoot 44.8% (631/1407) from the field, and 35.2% (243/690) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 38.3 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 16.5 assists, 7.2 steals, and 4.7 blocks per game. FGCU averages 14.2 team turnovers per game.

Stats (LU):

The Bisons average 75.2 ppg, shoot 46.9% (623/1327) from the field, and 35.5% (198/558) from beyond the arc. Lipscomb averages 35.5 team rebounds per game. The Bisons dish out 15.8 assists, 4.3 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game. Lipscomb averages 14.4 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 10.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Players To Watch For (LU):

6’9 JR C Ahsan Asadullah 15.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg

6’7 FR F Jacob Ognacevic 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg

6’3 FR G Will Pruitt 9.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Overview:

FGCU faces Lipscomb University, a team they upset as a 6 seed during the ASUN Quarterfinals last year, winning 72-60. The Eagles/Bisons rivalry spans years, and you can say there’s always that bad taste in your mouth, if you’re an Eagles fan and you remember that ASUN Championship game vs Lipscomb at Alico Arena in the 2017-18 season. Head Coach Lennie Acuff has been with the team since 2019. Ahsan Asadullah leads the Bisons offensively, averaging 15.3 ppg. Lipscomb played a non-conference schedule with games on the road vs Dayton, Belmont, Florida State, Miami, and #16/#17 LSU. The Bisons are 3-6 in ASUN Conference play, with wins vs UNA, KSU, and UNF. ,

Tavian Dunn-Martin continues his outstanding play on the season, and it looks like the only player in the ASUN, to challenge him for ASUN Player of the Year will be Darius McGhee, who averages 22.1 ppg. His double double Thursday night was vital in the Eagles win over UCA. Wins like Thursday night, FGCU has to have, after losing to JU, and KSU so early in ASUN play. A win over Lipscomb University would put the Eagles at 5-5 in ASUN play which would be a good start in getting back on track.

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