Jan. 7, 2008
BOCA RATON, FL - A slow start to the conference schedule has not dampened the outlook of the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team, as they travel to Middle Tennessee before hosting Troy on Saturday.
The Owls (4-11, 0-4 Sun Belt) lost both their games last week by 11 points, 66-55 to South Alabama and 69-58 to Florida International. FAU did receive a boost from the return of junior guard Paul Graham. Graham, who had not played since the 18th of November, scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in his return against USA. Graham scored nine against the Golden Panthers in his second game back.
This week's opponents are Middle Tennessee and Troy. The Owls face MTSU in Murfreesboro on Wednesday. The Blue Raiders (5-9, 2-2) are led by the solid wing tandem of sophomore Desmond Yates and junior Demetrius Green. Yates leads the team at 18.2 points per game, while Green is second at 10.8 a contest. The duo is responsible for almost half of MTSU's offensive output of 63 points a night. The Blue Raiders swept both of last year's meetings, winning 72-68 in Boca Raton on January 10 and 79-59 in Murfreesboro on February 24. Wednesday's game is also available for viewing on the web on a pay-per-view basis. B2 Networks has teamed with MTSU and will be providing live video of the game via the web for $6. The link to the webpage can be found here: https://www.b2livetv.com/liveevents/Basketball/NCAA/SunBelt/MTSU/billnow.asp.
Saturday's contest against Troy will be televised live on CSS. The game will start at 6 p.m. and will be the second half of a doubleheader with women's basketball. The Trojans (8-6, 1-2) feature the Sun Belt's most potent offense at 84 points a game. Troy is a perimeter-oriented team that shoots 36.2% from three-point range. Senior guard O'Darien Bassett leads the charge at 19.2 points an outing. Bassett is shooting 35.4% from behind the arc this season. Troy won last season's only meeting 92-87 in overtime, despite an FAU record 39 points from DeAndre Rice.
Live audio for both games will be available on fausports.com and WMEN-640AM. Live stats for Saturday's game will be available via GameTracker on fausports.com. Information on all athletic events, including the upcoming Championship Celebration for football can be found by logging on to fausports.com or calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.