North Texas in the Florida Atlantic
When: 13:00 Saturday
Where: FAU Arena, Boca Raton
Entries: UNT 14-3, 5-1 Conference USA; Florida Atlantic 15-1, 5-0 Conference USA
Last game: UNT 67, Louisiana Tech 65; FAU 77, Florida International 73 (OT)
TV SET: ESPN+
Radio: Mean Green Learfield IMG College
Projected UNT starting lineup
PG: Kai Huntsberry, 6-3, Sr. Huntsberry made one of the biggest throws of the year for UNT, the baseline jumper who lifted Mean Green over Louisiana Tech. Senior scored eight points in UNT’s win over the Bulldogs and is averaging 11.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
GRAM: Tylor Perry, 5-11, Sr — Perry scored 21 points after hitting five triples during UNT’s victory over Louisiana Tech. The senior has hit double figures in all but one game this season and is averaging 17.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
GRAM: Tyree Eady, 6-5, Sr. — Eady made three shots, all from three-point range, in UNT’s win over Louisiana Tech and hit one of them. The senior also grabbed five rebounds and handed out two assists. Go is averaging 3.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
F: Aaron Scott, 6-7, So. Scott came on the field at the end of the season, scoring in double figures in three consecutive games. The sophomore set his season high with 12 points in UNT’s win over Louisiana Tech. He is averaging 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
F: Abu Usman, 6-10, Jr. Usman overcame a slight scoring slump with 14 points in UNT’s win over Louisiana Tech. In the previous three games, he scored only 12 points. Junior shoots 48.2% from the field and averages 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Scouting Florida Atlantic
FAU has been amazing all year and has the second longest winning streak in the country at 14 games. The Owls pulled off an impressive win over Florida and found a way to win a string of close games, including a win over UNT earlier this season.
FAU likes to pick up the pace and is third in C-USA, averaging 78.6 points per game. The Owls share 11 points.th at the national level on three-pointers per game – 10.0.
Sophomore quarterback Alia Martin is averaging 13.1 points per game, leading the FAU, and is one of only four owls to average double figures.
What do you need to know
There’s a long way to go in the C-USA season, but Saturday’s game could be a turning point for the two teams that had the best start in the league.
FAU leads the league 5-0 and beat UNT 5-1. Every other team in the league has at least three conference game losses.
UNT can go into sole possession of the first place with a win. FAU would have a huge advantage over UNT if they could win the season series, go 6-0 and have head-to-head tiebreaks.
This game will most likely come down to which team will be able to impose their will in terms of style. UNT plays at an incredibly slow pace and is ranked third in the country, averaging 53.6 points per game.
The FAU loves to get up and down and shoot 3. UNT did an amazing job limiting the Owls from the perimeter in the first encounter. The FAA went just 3 on 23 from deep.
The chances of the FAU hitting the ball so badly seem slim again.
UNT will have to play better offensively and avoid the scoring droughts that have plagued him from time to time this season. FAU closed the first meeting of the teams with a score of 13:0.
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