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UND (2-1) vs Florida Atlantic (2-2) (Paradise Classic Day 2 11/20 5 PM)


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UND used some clutch free throw shooting to hold off of a charging Troy squad to get their first win at the Paradise Classic.  They look to move to 2-0 on the tournament as they take on the host Owls of Florida Atlantic

About Florida Atlantic: 

The Owls have been a D1 program for about 30 years now, and in that 30 years, success has not come very easy for FAU.  Outside of an NCAA tournament appearance in 2002 and an NIT appearance in 2011, there hasn't been much to talk about.   They certainly have had some names try and turn the program around (former UNC head coach Matt Doherty and former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis made stops at FAU), but none have either stuck around or have developed the success.  Now in a tougher C-USA, they still are looking to make that first great run in the conference.  Preseason polls have them 9th out of 14 teams in the C-USA, a place where they have finished the last couple of seasons.

So far this year, they sit at 2-2, but the 2 losses were a combined 9 points, including a 2 point loss to Miami (FL), so they certainly have some talent to push the P5 schools.  They took down UT Martin in the first game of the Paradise Classic.   They do have some good guards that can fill it up, but do they have the big men to help out and give them a change to rise in the C-USA?

About Dusty May: (49-43 overall record, 23-25 C-USA record)

The former EMU, Murray State, UAB, La Tech, and Florida assistant is in his 4th year at the helm at Florida Atlantic and he has been steady .500 record in his first three years but still hasn't had the breakthrough season.  He hopes to have that team this year.

Key Player: Michael Forrest (6'1 Junior Guard)

Forrest has been the guy for FAU this season, building off his 12.5 ppg from last season.   Right now is currently averaging 18 points per game.  He shoots at a high percentage from the field, from 3, and from the free throw line.  He also is someone that is not afraid to mix it up and grab rebounds (averaging just under 6 rebounds a game).  Had 26 points against New Mexico and 21 points against Miami.  He has turned over the ball a lot, so UND needs to be ready for it.  Nero and Panoam need to be ready to take him on and slow him down.


1) Keep the shots falling

2) Slow the pace

3) Hit the boards hard

The Call:

This will be the toughest matchup of the 3, Florida Atlantic has some talent in their guards that can make live difficult for UND.  UND needs to lean on their bigs and get just enough from their guards to pull this one out.  If UND can get this one, they will more than likely go 3-0 this weekend.  They are playing well right now, but I think the Owls will be just a little bit tougher on their home court.  I think it will be another close game, but the guard play from FAU will be too much.  

FAU 74-72

Game is once again on CUSA-TV

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