banner

College Basketball

more stats

Middle Tennessee (15-7) at Florida Atlantic (8-14)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: FAU Arena (5,000) -- Boca Raton, Florida. Television: C- USA Digital Network. Home Record: MT 11-2, FAU 6-4. Away Record: MT 3-4, FAU 2-10. Neutral Record: MT 1-1, FAU 0-0. Conference Record: MT 5-2, FAU 3-4. Series Record: Middle Tennessee leads, 11-4.

GAME NOTES: The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look to continue their dominance over Florida Atlantic as they square off with the Owls at FAU Arena in a Conference USA contest.

This will be the 16th meeting in history between the Blue Raiders and FAU. Middle Tennessee has won the last four encounters to take an 11-4 all-time series lead.

The Blue Raiders powered past Old Dominion for a 64-48 victory in their last outing. The win was the third in a row for Middle Tennessee, which is tied for third in the C-USA standings with a 5-2 record. Coach Kermit Davis's team has outscored the opposition by an average of 8.2 ppg this season. The Blue Raiders have done a solid job of taking care of the ball which has led to a second place rank in the C-USA in turnover margin (2.64). Middle Tennessee's ability to force mistakes played a factor against ODU as it converted the Monarch's 15 turnovers into 18 points.

The Owls concluded a three-game road trip that began with a pair of losses on Saturday against Marshall at the Cam Henderson Center. Coach Mike Jarvis's team improved to 2-10 in true road games by downing the Thundering Herd, 65-57. FAU put forth a strong effort on the boards to finish the contest with a 37-29 advantage in total rebounds and also sank 53.2 percent of its field goal attempts against Marshall. The Owls are netting only 64.4 ppg through their first seven C-USA games.

Shawn Jones recorded his eighth double-double of the season in Middle Tennessee's rout of ODU with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 senior forward has been unstoppable over his past two games, hitting on 18-of-25 shots from the floor over that span. Jones is the ninth-leading scorer in league play with 15.4 ppg. Kerry Hammonds, who logs a team-high 31.6 minutes per game and nets 12.4 ppg, added 14 points for the Blue Raiders in their win over the Monarchs. Middle Tennessee has plenty of depth with nine players clocking at least 15 mpg. Neiko Hunter is a key contributor in the scoring column at 12.4 ppg while Tweety Knight is averaging 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals per outing.

FAU's Justin Raffington will provide a challenge for Jones on the interior. Raffington set a new career-high with 19 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds in the Owls' win at Marshall. The 6-9 junior center sank 8-of-9 shots from the field, while senior guard Pablo Bertone tallied 20 points. Although Raffington is pacing the league in C-USA play in rebounds with 11 rpg, Betrone is the clear leader of the squad. The 6-4 guard is clocking a career-high 33.6 minutes per game and pacing the conference with 18.3 ppg, which is nearly double his scoring average from the 2012-13 campaign. Sophomore guard Jackson Trapp is the Owls' third-leading scorer at 9.9 ppg, but he has been held to eight points or less in five consecutive games and shooting only 11-of-36 from the field during that span.

Although the Blue Raiders own a much more impressive resume, they have not been as dominant on the road. Middle Tennessee will make a statement if it carries its momentum into its visit to FAU Arena. The Owls upset Harvard at home on Jan. 21, so there is no doubt they believe they are capable of taking down the Blue Raiders.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Middle Tennessee 64, Florida Atlantic 60

02/06 10:17:44 ET

Other Stories

  • The Logan Zone

    Today at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Washington at Philadelphia

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at New England

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Seattle

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Green Bay at Detroit

    Today at 1:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Columbus

    Today at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Kansas City at Baltimore

    Today at 4:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
Final
BAL 7
BOS 2
Final
PIT 0
MIL 1
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
Final
MIN 3
CLE 7
Final
ATL 2
NYM 4
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
STL 8
CIN 4
Final
SDP 3
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
TEX 5
1:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
BOS
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
ATL
NYM
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
CWS
 
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
SEA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
TEX
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
Final
TOL 34
BST 23
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
Final
ARKST 21
UTST 14
Final
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
Final
WVU 33
OKLA 45
Final
VANDY 34
SCAR 48
Final
NEB 41
MIAMI 31
Final
NMST 35
NMU 38
Final
HOU 47
UNLV 14
Final
FSU 23
CLEM 17
Final
ARZ 49
CAL 45
Final
ORST 28
SDST 7
Final
WASU 31
OREG 38
Final
BSU 34
LALAF 9
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
1:00pm Today
STL
DAL
1:00pm Today
DET
GBP
1:00pm Today
NYG
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
IND
1:00pm Today
NOS
MIN
1:00pm Today
NEP
OAK
1:00pm Today
BUF
SDC
1:00pm Today
CIN
TEN
1:00pm Today
PHI
WAS
4:05pm Today
ARI
SFX
4:25pm Today
SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0