Detroit Mercy/FGCU: The Basketball Classic Preview

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (21-11) faces Detroit Mercy (14-15, 10-7 Horizon) in the first round of The Basketball Classic, Wednesday night at 7 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats (DM):

Detroit Mercy averages 70.4 ppg, shoots 43.7% (721/1649) from the field, and 37.3% (303/812) from beyond the arc. The Titans average 31.6 team rebounds per game. Detroit Mercy dishes out 12.1 assists, 5.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game. The Titans average 11.7 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 77.4 ppg, shoots 45.1% (883/1957) from the field, and 35.0% (323/924) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 39.0 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 15.8 assists, 6.7 steals, and 5.0 blocks per game. The Eagles average 13.4 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (DM):

6’1 SR G Antoine Davis 23.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg

6’7 JR F Madut Akec 12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg

6’11 JR G/F Noah Waterman 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 JR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 21.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg

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

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Overview:

The Eagles season has been extended, as they accepted an invitation into The Basketball Classic. FGCU faces Detroit Mercy of the Horizon League, in the first round of the tournament. The Titans went 10-7 in Horizon League play, and lost in the Horizon League Quarterfinals to NKU. Head Coach Mike Davis is in his 4th season leading the Titans. Antoine Davis averages 23.9 ppg, and is the leading scorer for the team, while also being 3rd in the nation in scoring. FGCU is led offensively by Tavian Dunn-Martin, who averages 21.1 ppg. Head Coach Michael Fly, who was previously fired, will still coach the Eagles for this final stretch of games until the Eagles lose. The Eagles need to find the motivation to continue their season, as next season provides many of questions to what the roster will look like under newly hired Head Coach Pat Chambers.

Prediction:

FGCU 76 DM 68

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