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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: Comcast Sports 9000. Home Record: FAU 1-1, UDM 1-0. Away Record: FAU 0-2, UDM 1-2. Neutral Record: FAU 0-0, UDM 0-0. Conference Record: FAU 0-0, UDM 0-0. Series Record: Detroit leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Florida Atlantic Owls will try once again to capture their first road victory of the season as they tangle with the Detroit Titans in the 2K Sports Classic at Calihan Hall.
The Owls head to the Motor City with a 1-3 overall record, but their spirited effort in their 82-79 loss at Boston College on Sunday showed they will not be an easy out for any of their opponents the rest of the way. FAU began its season with a rout of NAIA foe Ava Marie and lost a close bout to St. Francis Brooklyn, which nearly upset Syracuse in the Carrier Dome recently. Coach Mike Jarvis's team was then blown out by Duke before heading to Chestnut Hill.
Coach Ray McCallum's Titans notched a decision over a Division I opponent for the first time in the 2013-14 season on Tuesday with a 71-67 victory over James Madison. Detroit began its slate with a 16-point loss to South Alabama which it followed with a rout of Division III foe Michigan-Dearbord. The team that was one of the best in the Horizon League last season appeared to have fallen off considerably its next time out as it lost by 46 at Connecticut. The bounce back against the Dukes was a step in the right direction, but the Titans have a long way to go before they will be considered a legitimate contender for the Horizon League crown.
Detroit is 1-0 versus FAU thanks to the Titans 83-73 victory over the Owls on Dec. 20, 1993.
FAU's senior guard Pablo Betrone was unbelievable against Boston College as he poured in 27 points to give the team a chance of knocking off its ACC opponent. The Argentinean guard looked like fellow countryman Manu Ginobili as connected on 10-of-20 attempts from the field, while Justin Raffington posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dragen Sekelja added 11 points in the loss as the Owls outrebounded the Eagles, 36031, and held them to 40 percent shooting from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Senior center Dragan Sekelja registered a double-double in the setback to St. Francis as well and Justin Trapp has provided nine points per game off the bench to round out a solid rotation for Jarvis's squad, which is bound to start winning at some point if it continues to play at such a high level.
The Titans have relied heavily on Juwan Howard, Jr. through their first four games. The son of the former member of the Fab Five has posted 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing but did not have much help surrounding him until the trip to JMU. Sophomore guard Cartlon Brundidge, who became eligible for UDM this season after transferring from Michigan, netted a career-high 22 points against the Dukes on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Matthew Grant made his first start of the season and tallied nine points while Jarod Williams added 11 points. JMU bailed out Detroit as it could have easily sent McCallum's team to a 1-3 start had it converted more than 26 of its 45 free-throw attempts.
Brundidge had a terrible start to the season before his breakout night versus the Dukes. He will need to continue his high level of play to give the Titans a chance in this one, as FAU's Betrone has been consistent. Howard should have a decent outing versus the Owls' unproven forwards, but the visitors have an abundance of confidence after nearly taking down BC.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida Atlantic 75, Detroit 72
11/22 10:34:37 ET
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