LakePoint, Ga. - The second set ASUN Conference Men's Basketball league contests take place on Thursday at 7 PM ET with all four games tipping in the Sunshine State.
A rematch of last year's ASUN Championship Semifinal between Lipscomb and North Florida as the Bisons try for the 2-0 start to league play and the Ospreys try to avoid the 0-2 start. Also in the River City, Jacksonville hosts Kennesaw State with the Dolphins going for their first 2-0 start in five years. In Fort Myers, USC Upstate tangles with defending ASUN Champions, FGCU, who won their ASUN opener by 38 points. Stetson welcomes NJIT to the Edmunds Center for the sixth meeting in series history as both sides have claimed a contest in the previous two meetings in DeLand.
FGCU Eagles (10-8; 1-0) - Follow @FGCU_MBB
- The Eagles look to start 2-0 in league for the third-straight year. FGCU claimed the regular season title last year with a 12-2 mark.
- The Eagles lead the all-time series vs. Upstate, 15-6, after splitting the regular season meetings last year. FGCU is 8-4 all-time at home vs. the Spartans and 8-2 in the last 10 series meetings.
- Brandon Goodwin led the team in scoring in both games vs. Upstate last year with 12 in the home loss before dropping 29 in the OT victory in Spartanburg. He averaged 7 RPG & 2.5 APG.
- FGCU posted its largest ASUN league victory on Saturday with a 90-52 defeat of Stetson at Alico Arena. The Eagles extended their win streak to five vs. the Hatters and nine-straight in Alico.
- Goodwin leads the Eagles in scoring (17.6) and assists (4.8) and minutes played (32.4). He ranks second in the ASUN for scoring, assists and fourth in minutes played.
- Two Eagles sit with 1,000 career points or more with Christian Terrell (1,119) and Zach Johnson (1,023). Goodwin can join the trio soon as he owns 945 in his two years at FGCU.
- FGCU tops the ASUN charts in scoring offense (79.4) and defense (70.7). The Eagles boast the most efficient offense and defense in the ASUN with a 48.4 team field goal percentage, while holding teams to 41.7 percent on the defensive end.
Jacksonville Dolphins (7-11; 1-0) - Follow @JacksonvilleMBB
- Jacksonville leads the all-time series vs. KSU, 16-8, but the two teams have split the last two seasons with both road teams winning. The Dolphins are 9-3 all-time vs. the Owls at home.
- The Dolphins opened league play by snapping a nine-game losing streak to crosstown rival, North Florida, with a 90-86 road win. Freshmen JD Notae and Jalyn Hinton combined for 47 points.
- A win vs. Kennesaw State would give Jacksonville its first 2-0 start to league play since the 2012-13 season.
- Jace Hogan sits as one of the top newcomers in the ASUN; averaging a team-best in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (7.3). Hogan tallied 18 points and 11 boards in the win at North Florida.
- JD Notae leads ASUN freshman in scoring (16.4), assists (2.2) and steals (2.0) and minutes played (32.7). He is averaging 21.8 PPG in his last five games after tallying 25 vs. UNF.
- Devin Harris has been a workhorse for JU as he sits first or second on the team for assists (4.7), steals (1.7), total rebounds (100), minutes played (31.5) and free throws made (3.8).
- Jalyn Hinton has paired well with Notae as a freshman as Hinton is averaging 8.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG & 1.0 BPG, while leading the league in field goal percentage at 58.2. In his last six games, Hinton is averaging 13.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG and shooting 57.8 percent.
Kennesaw State Owls (4-12; 0-1) - Follow @KSUOwlsMBB
- Kennesaw State has won four of the last six contests vs. Jacksonville including road victories in 2015 & 2017. The Owls defeated JU, 81-71, last year by shooting 52.7 percent from the field.
- As a freshman last year, James Scott averaged 14.5 PPG vs. JU. He made 9-of-15 field goal attempts in only 39 total minutes of action off the bench. This year, he averages 16.6 PPG & 31.7 minutes; both sit most by an ASUN sophomore.
- Nick Masterson is making 50.7 percent of his three's; first in the ASUN. He averages 12.5 PPG, 3.5 APG and 2.2 three's per game. He sits fourth in ASUN history for career three-point% at 45.5.
- Tyler Hooker has increased his production this season as he sits at 11.6 PPG, 3.2 APG & 1.6 SPG up from 6.1 PPG, 2.2 APG & 0.8 SPG in his redshirt freshman season.
- In his past three games, Jordan Jones has excelled averaging 14.3 PPG and has missed only six shots; making 76.0 percent of his field goals. He is grabbing 5 RPG over the three games.
- Masterson (52.3; 6th) and Kosta Jankovic (48.6; 10th) both sit in the top-10 of the ASUN for field goal percentage. As a team, KSU is shooting 44.9 percent; third-best in the ASUN
- KSU finished with a 7-7 record last year in league play; marking their second-straight season with a .500 record in ASUN action. KSU's 14 wins last year was a Division I program record.
Lipscomb Bisons (11-5; 1-0) - Follow @LipscombMBB
- Lipscomb looks to snap a three-game losing streak to UNF. The Bisons are searching for a 2-0 start in league play for the second-straight year. The Bisons defeated KSU, 86-71, in the opener.
- Garrison Mathews earned ASUN Player of the Week for the fourth time this year after setting the program's D-I single-game scoring record with 43 at KSU to become the first player to win four weekly POTW in the same year since Ty Greene in 2014-15.
- Last year, Garrison Mathews averaged 19.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG & 3 APG vs. the Owls, while Rob Marberry dropped a game-high 24 in the league play opener with seven boards and four assists.
- The Bisons are 9-1 this year when scoring at least 72 points & 2-4 when scoring under 72 points. Lipscomb averages 78.2 PPG.
- Lipscomb is the top-ranked ASUN RPI team sitting at No. 41 as the Bisons have earned five road wins and sit at 11-5. Lipscomb's four road wins are tied for sixth-most in the nation.
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 22.8 PPG, which ranks 12th in the nation. He sits with 1,377 career points; 58th in league history. Only 50 ASUN players have reached 1,400 career points.
- Lipscomb is holding foes to 29.9% shooting from deep; best in the ASUN & 18th in the nation. However, the Bisons are making 32.8 percent from three, which sits worst in the league.
NJIT Highlanders (8-8; 1-0) - Follow @NJITHoops
- NJIT can start 2-0 in the ASUN for the first time in program history after the Highlanders defeated USC Upstate in the season opener, 98-87. NJIT is 3-2 all-time against Stetson.
- NJIT and Stetson split the regular season meetings last year with both teams winning on their home courts. The Highlanders are 1-1 all-time in DeLand with a 71-59 victory on Jan. 16, 2016.
- Abdul Lewis & Anthony Tarke led NJIT in scoring and tallied double-doubles in contests vs. Stetson last year. Lewis tallied 20 with 19 boards in the first meeting. Tarke posted a team-high 15 points with 10 boards. Lewis missed NJIT's last game due to injury.
- Tarke has led NJIT in scoring in each of the last two games and posted a team-best in points in nine contests this year. He ranks second among ASUN sophomores in scoring at 14.8 PPG.
- The Highlanders are averaging a league-best 8.5 SPG this season, which ranks 25th in the nation helping NJIT hold its opponents to 72.3 PPG; second-best in the conference.
- Freshmen Zach Cooks (15) & Shawndale Jones (13) combined for 28 points vs. Upstate. Jones is averaging 7.7 PPG just ahead of Cooks at 7.3 They rank fifth and sixth among ASUN freshmen.
- NJIT leads the ASUN in steals with 8.3 per game, while Stetson is turning the ball over a league-low 10.6 time per contest.
North Florida Ospreys (6-12; 0-1) - Follow @OspreyMBB
- The Ospreys won three games vs. Lipscomb last year including a 91-85 victory in the ASUN Semifinals. UNF is 15-10 all-time vs. the Bisons and are 13-2 in the last 15 meetings.
- Garrett Sams posted double figures in all three games vs. Lipscomb last year; averaging 13.6 PPG with a high of 17 on Feb. 16th. He shot 10-of-17 (58.8) on FGs and 14-of-18 (77.7) on FTs.
- Four Ospreys sit in the top-15 of the ASUN for three-point shooting led by Ryan Burkhardt (44.7; 3rd) & JT Escobar (44.1; 4th). As a team, UNF shoots a league-best 37.7 percent, but Lipscomb is holding its foes to 29.9 percent from deep; best in the ASUN.
- North Florida has made 202 three pointers this season, which sits first in the ASUN and ranks third in the NCAA. UNF's average of 11.2 three's made per contest sits eighth-best nationally.
- The Ospreys have six players averaging at least 8.0 PPG; most in the ASUN. North Florida is led by Ivan Gandia-Rosa (14.1), JT Escobar (11.4), Trip Day (9.6) and Wajid Aminu (9.5).
- Five different Ospreys have led the team in scoring over the past seven games with Day posting a team-best in three contests. This season, Gandia-Rosa has led UNF in scoring the most with six.
- Day ranks second in the ASUN for field goal percentage at 57.5 just behind fellow freshman from JU, Jalyn Hinton (58.2).
USC Upstate Spartans (5-13; 0-1) - Follow @UpstateMB
- The Spartans split the regular season meetings last year with FGCU with both team winnings on the road. Upstate has won two of the last three at FGCU including last year's 62-60 decision.
- Upstate held FGCU to a combined 10-37 (27.0%) from behind the arc in last year's meetings. This year, the Spartans are allowing their foes to shoot 42.8 percent from deep; worst in the ASUN.
- USC Upstate is the only ASUN team with four players that have made at least 35 three's this season. Jure Span & Ramel Thompkins lead the pack with 37 followed by Mike Cunningham (36) and Deion Holmes (35). Malik Moore owns 23 triples this year.
- Three Spartans are approaching 1,000 career points with Cunningham (954), Holmes (887) and Moore (802). Four Upstate players have previously reached the mark as members of the ASUN.
- With 10.5 made threes per game, the Spartans rank second in the ASUN and 22nd nationally. USC Upstate has connected on 189 three-pointers this season, seventh-most in the country.
- Span has increased his production during his junior season averaging 10.9 PPG, 4.7 APG & 1.1 SPG in 31.7 minutes up from 3.5 PPG, 2.6 APG & 0.6 SPG in 23.3 minutes last year.
- The Spartans look to avoid their first 0-2 start to league play since the 2013-14 campaign. Upstate lost at NJIT in the opener, 98-87.
Stetson Hatters (8-9; 0-1) - Follow @StetsonMBB
- The Hatters split last year's regular season meetings vs. NJIT with a 82-76 victory in DeLand as Divine Myles and Angel Rivera combined for 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.
- With a win, Stetson starts 1-1 in ASUN play for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Hatters trail in the series vs. NJIT, 3-2.
- Stetson's eight non-conference win total are tied for most non-conference wins for the Hatters since joining the ASUN prior to the 1986-87 season. Stetson also won eight last year.
- Stetson's top scorer Divine Myles sits at 1,597 career points, which is 31st in ASUN history. With three points vs. NJIT, he becomes the 31st player in ASUN history with 1,600+ points.
- Senior guard Luke Doyle has made a team-high 33 triples on the season. His 181 career three's made are second in program history with Aaron Graham (2010-14) sitting first at 206.
- Angel Rivera (508) & Myles (434) sit 14th and 23rd in the ASUN for career assists. Rivera is averaging 4.5 APG; ahead of Myles with 3.9, which rank 5th and 7th in the ASUN, respectively.
- Freshman Abayomi Iyiola tallied 11 points in the ASUN opener at FGCU. He is averaging 10.4 PPG; second-most among ASUN freshmen. His 6.2 RPG is most among ASUN freshmen.