FGCU/FAU PREVIEW

Boca Raton, FL- FGCU (7-2) looks to win their sixth game in a row, as they face FAU (7-1), Wednesday night at 7 PM from FAU Arena.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 74.2 ppg, shoots 43.2% (231/535) from the field, and 35.3% (89/252) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 37.8 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 13.3 assists, 7.1 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game. The Eagles average 11.7 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FAU):

FAU averages 80.3 ppg, shoots 49.2% (246/500) from the field, and 39.4% (78/198) from beyond the arc. The Owls average 40.6 team rebounds per game. FAU dishes out 16.1 assists, 7.6 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. The Owls average 12.4 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 SR G Isaiah Thompson 13.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg

6’7 JR F Zach Anderson 13.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg

6’3 JR G Chase Johnston 12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg

3 Players To Watch For (FAU):

6’2 SO G Alijah Martin (game time decision) 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg

2021-22 All-C-USA 3rd Team member

6’1 SR G Michael Forrest 12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg

1,000 point club member
2021-22 NABC All-District Second Team
2021-22 C-USA Honorable Mention
2019-20 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2018-19 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor

7’1 SO C Vladislav Goldin 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Overview:

Two teams with outstanding starts to the season face off Wednesday night in Boca Raton. The upstart Eagles have the massive upset on the road over USC to open the season, while FAU upset Florida on the road, and it was the Owls first power 5 conference upset since 2018.

FAU is led offensively by 6’2 SO G Alijah Martin, who is averaging 12.6 ppg. Martin has missed the past three games, and is a game time decision heading into Wednesday night. 6’1 SR G Michael Forrest averages 12.3 ppg, and has been huge for the Owls, while Martin has been sidelined. Head Coach Dusty May has led the Owls since 2018. The Owls have wins over Lynn, Florida, Bryant, Detroit Mercy, Albany, South Alabama, and Eastern Michigan. Their sole loss on the season came on the road vs Ole Miss. The Owls big man: 7’1 SO C Vladislav Goldin, could be a mismatch for the Eagles, with the injury to Andre Weir. Goldin is averaging 11.6 ppg in the post for FAU. The NET rankings were released Monday, and FAU is ranked #23, while FGCU is ranked #72, which brings even more intrigue to this mid week matchup. FAU has won six games in a row, leading into Wednesday night’s game. The Owls are a member of C-USA.

FGCU is led offensively by Isaiah Thompson (13.4 ppg), and Zach Anderson (13.1 ppg). Anderson won ASUN Player of the Week last week, for his performances against Georgia Southern (11 points), and FIU (18 points, 13 rebounds) for the first time in his career. The Eagles have won five games in a row, leading into this game.

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