LakePoint, Ga. - FGCU, Kennesaw State and NJIT tip on their home court on Sunday, while Lipscomb concludes the weekend with its second meeting against Abilene Christian of the season. Jacksonville, North Florida, USC Upstate and Stetson take to the road on Saturday with only a few weekends remaining before conference play begins. FGCU and Lipscomb lead the league with 7-4 records, while Stetson sits right behind the duo at 7-5.
FGCU Eagles (7-4; 0-0) - Follow @FGCU_MBB
- Brandon Goodwin leads the Eagles in scoring (18.2) and assists (4.6) and minutes played (32.9). He ranks second in the ASUN for scoring, third for assists and fifth in minutes. Goodwin has posted three-straight 20+ point games.
- FGCU has won at least 20 games in five-straight seasons & can become the first ASUN team with six-straight 20-win seasons.
- Head Coach Joe Dooley sits two wins away from 100 in his five years at FGCU. His record sits at 98-50 with the Eagles and 155-102 in his nine-year coaching career.
- FGCU is 5-0 this season when holding its opponents to 71 points or less, while the Eagles sit 2-4 when allowing 72 points or more.
- Christian Terrell sits with 1,047 career points at FGCU, which ranks 157th in ASUN history. Zach Johnson (939) and Brandon Goodwin (829) are on pace to reach 1,000 career points this year.
- FGCU tops the ASUN charts in scoring offense (83.9) and defense (72.4). The Eagles boast the most efficient offense and defense in the ASUN with a 49.5 team field goal percentage, while holding teams to 42.9 percent on the defensive end.
- Terrell (21-of-37; 56.8) and Dinero Mercurius (20-of-40; .500) are both shooting over 50.0 percent from deep this year. As a team, FGCU is shooting 35.6 percent from three; fourth in the ASUN.
Jacksonville Dolphins (4-7; 0-0) - Follow @JacksonvilleMBB
- Head Coach Tony Jasick needs one victory to push his career total to 100. Jasick has totaled 47 wins in his career at JU with the prior 52 wins coming during his three-year stint at IPFW.
- The Dolphins head to South Carolina State in search of their first road victory of the season. JU is 2-0 in neutral court games, but 0-4 in true road games. SC State is 3-1 at home this season.
- Jace Hogan sits as one of the top newcomers in the ASUN; averaging 16.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG. He ranks fourth in the league for scoring, tied for fourth in rebounds and fourth in minutes (33.3).
- Devin Harris leads Jacksonville in multiple categories including rebounds (7.5), assists (4.9) and minutes (33.4). In the ASUN, Harris ranks second in rebounds & assists and third in minutes.
- JD Notae sits as the top-scoring ASUN freshman at 14.2 PPG and is first for steals (1.9). He is tied with Stetson's Abayomi Iyiola for best among freshman in rebounding at 5.9.
- Tanner Rubio is tied for 17th in ASUN history for career three-point percentage at 42.5. This year, Rubio is only connecting on 29.0 percent from deep after hitting 48.9 percent as a freshman.
- Jacksonville hit a season-high 14 triples in their last contest on 32 attempts. Cody Helgeland and Corey Romich each connected on four three's, while Rubio added three from deep.
Kennesaw State Owls (1-8; 0-0) - Follow @KSUOwlsMBB
- After seven road games in their first nine contests, KSU returns home for three-straight home games vs. Bethune-Cookman, Georgia Southern and Samford. KSU's next seven games all take place in the Peach State with six at the Convocation Center.
- The Owls host the Wildcats on Saturday, looking to avenge last year's three-point loss in Daytona Beach. It marks the second-ever meeting between the two squads. KSU looks for its first-ever win vs. Ga. Southern after previously meeting in 2012 and 2013.
- James Scott leads KSU in scoring at 16.4 PPG, which sits fifth in the ASUN and most by conference sophomores. Scott has posted a team-best in six of KSU's nine games including the last three.
- Nick Masterson sits fifth in ASUN history with a 45.3 three-point shooting percentage. This season, Masterson is hitting 52.8 percent of his triples; second in the ASUN and tied for 13th in the NCAA. He has 163 career three's made; 5th in KSU history.
- As a team, KSU is shooting 36.7 percent from deep; ranking second in the ASUN. However, the Owls attempt the fewest triples in the conference with 16.6 per game. KSU's 55 three's made this season are lowest in the conference.
- Tyler Hooker has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games for KSU. He is averaging 10.7 PPG for the season and 12.4 PPG during the stretch.
Lipscomb Bisons (7-4; 0-0) - Follow @LipscombMBB
- Lipscomb is the top-ranked ASUN RPI team sitting at No. 33 as the Bisons have collected three road wins and own a 7-4 mark. FGCU is second-highest at 109.
- Ten different Bisons have scored in double figures this year, which is tied with Stetson for most in the ASUN. Only Garrison Mathews and Michael Buckland have tallied 20-point games.
- Garrison Mathews leads the conference in scoring at 19.9 PPG, which has earned him two ASUN Players of the Week so far this season. He sits with 1,232 career points, which is 92nd in league history. He needs four points to move into the top-90.
- Lipscomb is holding foes to 29.5% shooting from deep; best in the ASUN. The Bisons are only making 32.7 percent from three, which sits worst in the league.
- Eli Pepper (7.2; 3rd) and Rob Marberry (6.7; 7th) are in the top-10 of the ASUN for rebounding as the Bisons sit second in the conference for boards with 39.3 per game. Buckland is adding 5.7 RPG, which ranks 12th in the league.
- Mathews has led Lipscomb in scoring in five of the last six games, which includes four 20-point games during that stretch.
- Lipscomb leads the conference in blocks per game at 3.8 led by 13 total blocks from Marberry and nine by Buckland.
NJIT Highlanders (5-6; 0-0) - Follow @NJITHoops
- The Highlanders have dropped four of their last five games, but have home contests coming up against Fairleigh Dickinson (3-6) and Bryn Athyn (5-3; NCAA D3).
- NJIT's five home wins are tied for the most in the ASUN with FGCU. Lipscomb and North Florida both sit undefeated at 4-0.
- Anthony Tarke has led NJIT in scoring in the past five games. He is averaging 18.4 PPG in those contests. Tarke is averaging 14.1 PPG up from his freshman average of 9.9.
- Abdul Lewis is pulling down 10.1 rebounds per outing, which ranks first in the ASUN and 23rd in the NCAA. Lewis has four double-doubles; tied with JU's Jace Hogan for the league lead.
- Diandre Wilson has made an immediate impact for NJIT in his first year since transferring in. Wilson is averaging 10.5 PPG, which included a 20-point outing vs. Lafayette on Nov. 14th. He has six double-digit scoring efforts this year for the Highlanders.
- The Highlanders are holding foes to 73.5 points per game; second in the ASUN behind FGCU (72.4). Last year, NJIT allowed opponents to score 74.8 PPG, which also ranked second.
- At 9.3 SPG, NJIT leads the ASUN in the category by a wide margin with Jacksonville in second at 7.5. The Highlanders are tied for 20th in the NCAA for steals per game.
North Florida Ospreys (5-7; 0-0) - Follow @OspreyMBB
- North Florida has made 143 three pointers this season, which sits first in the ASUN and ranks second in the NCAA. UNF's average of 11.9 three's made per contest sits fifth-best nationally.
- The Ospreys have seven players averaging at least 7.5 PPG; most in the ASUN. UNF is led by three double-digit scorers; Ivan Gandia-Rosa (16.0), Garrett Sams (12.8) and JT Escobar (11.8).
- Gandia-Rosa has posted a team-high for points in their last three games, which included a season-high 24 in the win vs. FIU. He is shooting 49.6 percent on field goals and leads the ASUN in free throw percentage at 85.7.
- Five Ospreys sit in the top-15 of the ASUN for three-point shooting with Escobar (48.8; 4th), Ryan Burkhardt (44.8; 6th) and Gandia-Rosa (44.2; 7th). As a team, UNF shoots a league-best 40.4%.
- At 4-0 at home, North Florida remains as one of two unbeaten ASUN teams on their home court alongside Lipscomb (4-0).
- North Florida hits the road for a four-game trek with trips to Missouri, Ball State, LSU and Mississippi State before opening league play on Jan. 6th. UNF plays Florida National at home on Jan. 2nd.
- Head Coach Matthew Driscoll sits with 138 victories at UNF, which ranks ninth all-time among ASUN coaches. He needs six wins for a tie with Centenary's Tommy Canterbury for eighth.
USC Upstate Spartans (3-9; 0-0) - Follow @UpstateMB
- The Spartans conclude a seven-game road trip on Saturday at Jacksonville State. Upstate is 0-7 on the road this season with a 1-1 mark in neutral site contests.
- With 11.0 made threes per game, the Spartans rank second in the ASUN and 14th nationally. USC Upstate has connected on 132 three-pointers this season, fifth-most in the country.
- USC Upstate is the only ASUN team with four players that have made at least 20 three's this season. Thompkins' 28 leads the Spartans ahead of Span (26), Holmes (26) and Cunningham (21).
- USC Upstate is the only ASUN team with five players averaging double figures with Malik Moore (14.7), Deion Holmes (12.9), Mike Cunningham (11.0), Jure Span (10.3) and Ramel Thompkins (10.2). Upstate is averaging 72.3 PPG; seventh in the ASUN.
- Junior guard Jure Span is averaging a career-high 32.1 minutes per game to lead all Spartan players. After scoring 116 total points last season, Span has passed that mark with 124 this year.
- The Spartans are taking care of the ball this season, committing only 11.9 turnovers per game with a 1.2 assist to turnover ratio, both sit second-best in the ASUN behind Stetson.
- Upstate enters Saturday on a five-game slide. The Spartans haven't lost six-straight games in the same year since Nov. 2015.
Stetson Hatters (7-5; 0-0) - Follow @StetsonMBB
- Stetson's top scorer Divine Myles sits at 1,511 career points, which ranks 38th in ASUN history. Myles has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and ranks third in the ASUN at 16.9 PPG.
- The Hatters rank third in the ASUN shooting 45.2 percent from the floor this year. Stetson is 7-0 this season when making at least 48.6 percent.
- Senior guard Luke Doyle has made a team-high 24 triples on the season for the Hatters. His 172 career three's made rank third in program history with Aaron Graham (2010-14) sitting first at 206.
- The Hatters have collected four road wins and are traveling to IPFW on Saturday. Since 2010-11, Stetson has won four or more road games in two seasons. In 2015-16, they won four, while collecting six wins on their travels in 2012-13.
- With 16.0 APG, Stetson leads the ASUN in that category. Angel Rivera leads the conference at 5.5 dimes per game, while Myles sitting sixth in 3.7 APG. Rivera needs two assists to become the 15th player in ASUN history to reach 500 career assists.
- Stetson's needs one win to match last year's non-conference win total of eight, which is tied for most non-conference wins for the Hatters since joining the ASUN prior to the 1986-87 season.