#1E FGCU vs #1W JACKSONVILLE STATE: ASUN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- #1E and #20 nationally ranked FGCU (28-2), faces #1W Jacksonville State University (24-6), in the ASUN Conference Championship game, Saturday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats (JSU):

The Gamecocks averages 67.6 ppg, shoot 40.0% (745/1864) from the field, and 30.1% (188/625) from beyond the arc. JSU averages 38.7 team rebounds per game. The Gamecocks dish out 10.7 assists, 7.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. JSU averages 12.0 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 78.7 ppg, shoot 43.8% (844/1925) from the field, and 32.8% (357/1089) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 35.0 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 17.8 assists, 10.3 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game. FGCU averages 11.5 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (JSU):

5’6 SR G Imari Martin 10.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

6’0 R-SR F Kennedy Gavin 9.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg

5’9 GR G Kiana Johnson 9.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell 23.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg

5’7 GR G Kendall Spray 11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Overview:

#1E FGCU heads into the ASUN Conference Championship game riding high, after a 54 point 2nd half vs #3 Stetson, after being down 13 points at one time during the game. The Eagles beat the Hatters 82-67 at home Wednesday night, while the Gamecocks beat Liberty University 59-57 on the road, and it all leads to a Jacksonville State/ FGCU matchup for the bid to play in the NCAA Tournament. FGCU is led offensively by Kierstan Bell, who averages 23.1 ppg, and JSU is led offensively by Imari Martin, who averages 10.8 ppg. The Eagles beat the Gamecocks 66-44, on 1/22, from the Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Alabama. That game did not have Kierstan Bell due to her missing the game due to being injured.

Jacksonville State beat Jacksonville 70-56, before the Liberty game in the ASUN Quarterfinals, and the Eagles beat UNF 71-61 in the ASUN Quarterfinals. The upset of Liberty University was huge, because since Jacksonville State earned the ASUN Conference bid for the men, they now have a chance to earn the ASUN bid for the women, which would be a sweep for JSU. FGCU looks to win another ASUN Championship and earn the automatic bid, and make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles were a #11 seed last season in the NCAA Tournament when they faced #6 Michigan in the first round and lost 87-66, so you better believe the Eagles want to make a relevant run in March Madness, and the dreams becomes realized with a win over Jacksonville State University Saturday night from Alico Arena.

Prediction:

#1E FGCU 82 #1W JSU 67

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