UNA/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (15-9, 5-5 ASUN) looks to win their 3rd game in a row, as they face UNA (9-14, 2-8 ASUN) Wednesday night at 7:30 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats (UNA):

UNA averages 69.9 ppg, shoots 39.4% (579/1469) from the field, and 32.4% (202/623) from beyond the arc. The Lions average 36.7 team rebounds per game. UNA dishes out 11.3 assists, 7.4 steals, and 3.8 blocks per game. The Lions average 12.3 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 76.8 ppg, shoots 44.7% (656/1467) from the field, and 35.0% (251/718) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 38.5 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 16.4 assists, 7.1 steals, and 4.7 blocks per game. The Eagles average 14.2 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (UNA):

6’0 FR G Daniel Ortiz 12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg

6’1 JR G Jamari Blackmon 10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg

5’9 SR G C.J. Brim 9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 19.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg

6’11 6th C Kevin Samuel 11.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 11.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Overview:

FGCU, after two thrilling road victories vs EKU, and Lipscomb, has put themselves in a position to move up to 2nd place in their division, if they can go on a roll at home vs UNA, Stetson, and KSU. JU currently holds the tiebreaker, after their win vs FGCU from Swisher Gymnasium on 1/8. The Eagles will face JU at home on 2/26, in their ASUN regular season finale, and a home game for the ASUN postseason could be on the line, if the Eagles can continue their winning ways. FGCU’s first test comes vs UNA, a team that beat them handedly, 96-81, in the ASUN Conference semifinals last season.

Head Coach Tony Pujol is in his 4th season leading the Lions, and UNA is led offensively thos season by 6’0 FR G Daniel Ortiz, who averages 12.0 ppg. Jamari Blackmon (10.3 ppg) always gives the Eagles trouble, so it will be up to the Eagles defense to game plan against those two guards.

Prediction:

FGCU 84 UNA 76

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