JACKSONVILLE STATE/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (13-6, 3-3 ASUN) looks to get back to their winning ways, as they face Jacksonville State University (8-11, 1-5 ASUN), Thursday night at 7 PM, from Alico Arena.

Stats (JSU):

JSU averages 69.2 ppg, shoot 43.2% (461/1067) from the field, and 37.2% (172/462) from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks average 35.3 team rebounds per game. JSU dishes out 12.6 assists, 5.8 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game. The Gamecocks average 12.6 team turnovers per game.

Stats (FGCU):

FGCU averages 71.4 ppg, shoot 43.0% (473/1101) from the field, and 34.6% (170/492) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 37.3 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 13.7 assists, 6.8 steals, and 3.6 blocks per game. The Eagles average 12.7 team turnovers per game.

3 Players To Watch For (JSU):

6’0 SR G Demaree King 14.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg

-Played in all 32 games for JSU as a JR, with 3 starts

-He scored 337 points (averaged 10.5 PPG), and was third most in points for the Gamecocks last season

-Led the nation in 3-pt shooting percentage for a period of time, before finishing second at 45.2% from beyond the arc, while knocking down a JSU program record 84 3 point field goals

6’3 SR G Skyelar Potter 14.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg

While at Morehead State (’20-’22)

-Appeared in 34 games and started 32 (’21-’22)

-Averaged 10.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game (’21-’22)

-OVC All-Newcomer Team (’20-’21)

-OVC All-Tournament Team (’20-’21l

-2x OVC Newcomer of the Week (’20-’21)

6’6 SR F Juwan Perdue 7.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg

-Appeared in a career-high 31 games for JSU in 2021-22

-Averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Gamecocks off the bench

3 Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’1 SR G Isaiah Thompson 13.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg

6’7 JR F Zach Anderson 12.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg (missed past two games)

6’3 JR G Chase Johnston 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Overview:

FGCU and JSU square off from Alico Arena, and both teams are in need of a win. FGCU has dropped their past two ASUN Conference road games, while JSU has began ASUN Conference play 1-5. The Gamecocks are led offensively by Demaree King, who is averaging 14.2 ppg. King, one of the top three point shooters in the nation, led the nation at one time in shooting last season, and finished 2nd overall, at 45.2%. Head Coach Ray Harper is in his 7th season leading JSU. The wins for the Gamecocks this season came against Shorter, Elon, North Dakota State, ETSU, Reinhardt, Little Rock, Georgia Southwestern, and UNF. Setbacks this season for JSU came against UIC, Alabama, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Utah, South Alabama, UNA, Jacksonville (2x), Liberty, and Bellarmine.

The Eagles are in dire need of a win, after underperforming in back to back ASUN Conference road games vs Eastern Kentucky, and Bellarmine. Since defeating UNF, FGCU has been without the services of breakout JR F Zach Anderson (12.5 ppg) these past two games, and having him back in the lineup would be a welcome addition to the squad, and would bring a flow back to the offense. Isaiah Thompson continues to lead the Eagles offensively, averaging 13.0 ppg. Both teams faced off last season, and JSU defeated FGCU 79-71 from Jacksonville. Head Coach Pat Chambers will need a total team effort, for the Eagles to climb back over .500 in ASUN Conference play, Thursday night from Alico Arena.

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