FGCU/COASTAL CAROLINA: THE BASKETBALL CLASSIC PREVIEW

Conway, SC- FGCU (22-11) heads on the road to face Coastal Carolina (17-13), Monday night at 7 PM from the HTC Center in The Basketball Classic Quarterfinals.

Stats (FGCU):

The Eagles average 78.0 ppg, shoot 45.4% (919/2023) from the field, and 35.1% (336/957) from beyond the arc. FGCU averages 39.0 team rebounds per game. The Eagles dish out 15.9 assists, 6.7 steals, and 4.9 blocks per game. FGCU averages 13.4 team turnovers per game.

Stats (CCU):

The Chanticleers average 72.6 ppg, shoot 45.0% (786/1746) from the field, and 36.0% (224/622) from beyond the arc. Coastal Carolina averages 40.0 team rebounds per game. The Chanticleers dish out 13.4 assists, 6.6 steals, and 3.8 blocks per game. Coastal Carolina averages 13.2 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin 21.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg

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

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie 10.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Players To Watch For (CCU):

6’6 SR G Vince Cole 15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg

6’2 SR G Rudi Williams 14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg

6’9 R-SO C Essam Mostafa 12.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg

Overview:

The Eagles head into this game after defeating Detroit Mercy, 95-79, Wednesday night, and Coastal Carolina defeated UMES 66-42 in both their first games in The Basketball Classic. Rudi Williams led the Chanticleers offensively scoring 18 points in the win. Head Coach Cliff Ellis is in his 15th season leading the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina went 8-8 in conference play as a member of the Sun Belt conference. They lost in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament to #10 Georgia Southern 70-64. Coastal Carolina is led offensively by 6’6 SR G Vince Cole, who averages 15.4 ppg. FGCU is led offensively by 5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin who averages 21.5 ppg. Michael Fly looks to get the best of his team in the remaining games that are left for the Eagles in The Basketball Classic.

Prediction:

FGCU 77 CCU 69

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