Four Contests Highlight Mid-Week @ASUNMBB Action

Four Contests Highlight Mid-Week @ASUNMBB Action

Weekly Notes Packet | Conference Stats

 - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball action rolls into its second week of action on Tuesday and Wednesday with a set of four games. North Alabama hosts its first ever ASUN Conference contest on Tuesday night when they welcome FGCU into Flowers Hall.

Wednesday's action starts when Jacksonville pays a visit to Kennesaw State for a 7 PM ET tip with both sides searching for their conference wins. Liberty looks to start 2-0 in conference play when they clash with Stetson at the Edmunds Center at 7 PM ET. Lipscomb attempts to start 2-0 when they host North Florida in Nashville with a 6:30 PM CT tip.

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FGCU Eagles (5-11; 0-1)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (1/8 - 9 PM ET - ESPN+); at North Florida* (1/12 - 5 PM - ESPN+)
-  Tuesday's matchup with North Alabama will be the first matchup between the Eagles and Lions since 2005 when both programs were part of Division II. FGCU aims for their first victory against UNA.
- The Eagles have won four of their last five ASUN Conference road openers, including their last three in a row.
- In the conference opener on Saturday, Schadrac Casimir led the Eagles with 16 points on 4-6 shooting, and 3-4 from three-point land. He has led FGCU in scoring five times this season.
- Casimir has been one of the best free throw shooters in the ASUN this season, as he ranks second in the league in free throw percentage at 86.4. He only trails Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews, who shoots 89.6 percent from the charity stripe.
- RaySean Scott Jr. is FGCU's top returning scorer from last year's ASUN Conference league action. The forward averaged 8.6 PPG and scored 13 points and recorded four rebounds in Saturday's opener against Liberty.
-The Eagles opened up conference play shooting 50% from the field against Liberty. FGCU shot over 50 percent in half of its ASUN contests last season.
- FGCU ranks second in the ASUN in three-point field goal percentage with a mark of 36.3 percent. The Eagles have two players in the top-five in three-point percentage in Zach Scott (47.8; 3rd) and Casimir (47.2; 4th).
- FGCU needs one more win to reach 200 as a D-I program. The Eagles are 312-213 all-time as a program.

Jacksonville Dolphins (7-9; 0-1)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (1/9 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Liberty* (1/12 - 2 PM - ESPN+)
- The Dolphins hold an 18-9 advantage over Kennesaw State in the all-time series. Jacksonville's last win at Kennesaw came on February 16, 2017 when the Dolphins won a thriller 79-78.
- Last season, Jace Hogan averaged 14 PPG and 9 RPG against the Owls. Hogan ranks eighth currently in the ASUN at 14.3 PPG this season
- Sophomore guard JD Notae is coming off a career-high 13 rebounds in Saturday's ASUN opener. His 90 total rebounds rank second on the team, only trailing forward Jalyn Hinton (95).
- After dropping Saturday's league opener to Lipscomb, Jacksonville looks to avoid its first 0-2 start to conference play since the 2011-12 season when it started 0-6 in the ASUN.
- Jacksonville has posted three road victories entering Wednesday's contest at Kennesaw State. In those three road wins, the Dolphins are averaging 81.3 PPG, scoring at least 71 points in each outing.
- Guard Aamahne Santos is coming off a season-high 17 points in Saturday's contest vs. Lipscomb. It marked his third double-digit scoring game of the season. He is averaging 15.5 PPG in his last two games.
- The Dolphins continue to lead the league with 5.9 blocks per game as a team. They are on pace to have the highest blocks per game average in the league since 2003-04, when the Dolphins finished at 6.0.
- For the 12th time in the last two seasons, Jacksonville recorded 10 or more steals in game. They had 12 against Lipscomb in the ASUN opener. The Dolphins hold an 8-4 record over the last two seasons in those games.  

Kennesaw State Owls (3-13; 0-1)
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (1/9 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Liberty* (1/16 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- The Owls trail the all-time series 18-9 against the Dolphins entering Wednesday's matchup. Kennesaw State has won three of the last four regular season contests at the Convocation Center vs. the Dolphins.
- In last year's dominating 78-54 home win against Jacksonville, Tyler Hooker had 12 points, while Isaac Mbuyamba tied his season-high with four blocks. The Owls shot 51.6% from the floor and led by as much as 35 points in the game
- Hooker continued his strong junior season as the guard poured in a team-high 19 points in the ASUN opener at NJIT this past Saturday. His season average is 18.5 PPG, good for third in the conference.
- Bryson Lockley finished with his third double-double of the season on Saturday at 11 points & 14 rebounds. The forward has increased his PPG from 3.7 to 6.9, while his RPG have up from 3.4 to 7.3 this season.
- All three of Kennesaw State's wins this season have come at the Convocation Center. Since 2015-16, the Owls have finished each season with at least eight home victories.
- With 11.8 offensive rebounds per game, the Owls rank second in the league. They had 13 in their league opener and have now pulled down 10 or more offensive boards in 11 of 16 games this season.
- Dishing the rock has been a key for the Owls in their three wins this season. In those victories, they average 17.3 APG, compared to just 11.3 on the season. They have averaged 18 APG in their last three home games.
- Kosta Jankovic is Kennesaw State's second leading scorer at 9.3 PPG. After making a career-high six threes at Yale on Jan. 2nd, Jankovic looks to find his range once again in the league home opener for the Owls.

Liberty Flames (12-4; 1-0)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: at Stetson* (1/9 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Jacksonville* (1/12 - 2 PM - ESPN+)
- After opening league play with an 81-63 victory against FGCU, the two-time defending ASUN Regular Season champions, Liberty tries to start conference action at 2-0 with a trip to Stetson. It marks the second-ever meeting between the programs with the first coming in 1989 at the Edmunds Center.
- A victory against the Hatters would mark the second 2-0 start to league play for the Flames over the past three seasons. With the last coming in the 2016-17 season when Liberty finished 14-4 in the Big South.
- Darius McGhee picked up his fourth ASUN Newcomer of the Week honor on Monday after an 18-point performance against FGCU. His four honors are two away from tying the conference record of six set by FGCU's Brandon Goodwin in 2016-17.
- McGhee is leading the league in three's made per game at 2.8, while he is connecting on 39.3 percent of his shots from deep which ranks ninth in the league. He has made at least one three in each game this season except for one, while making 6-of-8 against FGCU.
- Balanced scoring has been a key for the Flames this season as four players are averaging 10.0 PPG or more including Scottie James (12.1), McGhee (11.4), Caleb Homesley (10.9) and Lovell Cabbil (10.6).
- The Flames have been led in scoring by a different player in each of the last four contests. For the season, seven different players have guided Liberty in scoring during a contest led by six from McGhee.
- In Liberty's four road victories so far this season, the defense has been stellar. Opponents have only averaged 62.3 PPG in those four wins, while the Flames are 11-0 this season when holding teams under 65 points.
- Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz is shooting a conference-high 55.8 percent from three-point range, while Elijah Cuffee sits at 49.1 percent giving Liberty the top-two three-point shooters in the league. As a team, the Flames leads the ASUN in three's per game (10.8) and three-point percentage (39.8).

Lipscomb Bisons (10-4; 1-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (1/9 - 6:30 PM CT - ESPN+); vs. Stetson (1/12 - 4 PM CT - ESPN+)
-  The Bisons trail the all-time series against North Florida 16-11, but were able to snap a four-game losing streak in the series in last year's regular season home contest. Lipscomb won 82-75 at Allen Arena.
- Lipscomb is looking to start 2-0 in ASUN play for the third time during the Casey Alexander era. The last time Lipscomb started 2-0 in the league was during the 2016-17 campaign.
- Rob Marberry scored a career-high 39 points in Lipscomb's last victory against North Florida last season. He made 18-of-24 from the field that night and is coming off a team-high 13 points in Saturday's victory at Jacksonville.
- With a scoring average of 85.1 PPG, Lipscomb leads all ASUN teams on the offensive side this season. In six games at Allen Arena this season, the Bisons' average increases to 97.2 PPG.
- Eli Pepper recorded his second double-double of the season, 11th of his career, in the win at JU last weekend. The senior forward is Lipscomb's top rebounder at 6.7 RPG, good for seventh in the ASUN.
- The Bisons own a 3-1 record in their last four ASUN Conference home openers. They have eclipsed the 80 point mark in each of those four contests. Lipscomb is 7-1 this season when scoring 80+ points.
- Garrison Mathews, who missed Saturday's league opener, averaged 20.5 PPG last season against North Florida. For his Lipscomb career, the senior is averaging 19.7 PPG against the Ospreys.
- Junior guard Kenny Cooper dished out five assists in Saturday's win at Jacksonville. It marked the sixth time this season that Cooper finished with five or more dimes. The Bisons are 4-2 in those games this season.

North Alabama Lions (3-13; 0-1)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU* (1/8 - 8 PM CT - ESPN+); vs. NJIT* (1/12 - 3:30 PM CT - ESPN+)
- The Lions host their first-ever ASUN Conference home game on Tuesday night when they welcome FGCU into Flowers Hall. UNA is 2-0 all-time against FGCU with both wins coming back in 2005.
- After six games away from Flowers Hall, North Alabama comes home for the first time since December 13th. The Lions are 3-1 at home this season, and are 43-22 at home over their last four seasons.
- Freshman Jamari Blackmon continues to lead the team in scoring at 16.1 PPG. The guard has been in double figures in 15 of 16 games this season. He scored 15 points in the ASUN opener against North Florida.
- Fellow freshman Christian Agnew has been on a tear over his last four games. In that span, he's averaged 16.8 PPG, including a career-high 20 points last time out against North Florida and has improved his scoring average from 7.8 to 9.9.
- Coming into Tuesday's home contest, North Alabama is making 8.3 threes per game inside Flowers Hall. In their last home game on Dec. 13, the Lions knocked down 11 three-pointers in a 32-point win.
- Kendarius Smith is averaging 11.6 PPG this season giving North Alabama a proven second scorer. At 27.8 PPG combined, Blackmon and Smith are the fifth-highest scoring duo in the ASUN entering league play.
- Emanuel Littles has been providing a spark on the boards for North Alabama in recent games, as he's averaging 8.5 rebounds over his last four contests. The freshman is pulling down 6.9 RPG to lead the Lions and all ASUN freshmen, including at least nine boards in three of his last four outings.
- Helping Littles on the board is Kendall Stafford, who averages 5.7 RPG this season, good for ninth in the ASUN. He is the second-highest rebounding guard in the ASUN, only behind Jacksonville's Jalyn Hinton at 5.9. 

North Florida Ospreys (7-9; 1-0)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (1/9 - 7:30 PM ET - ESPN+); vs. FGCU (1/12 - 5 PM - ESPN+)
- The Ospreys lead the all-time series 16-11 against the Bisons. North Florida's last win in Nashville came in the ASUN Championship Semifinal of 2016-17 season. That year they won the regular season matchup in Nashville as well.
- North Florida scored 96 points in its ASUN opening victory this past Saturday, the most of any ASUN squad that day. The team's season average of 77.0 PPG ranks third in the league overall this year.
- Noah Horchler earned his first career ASUN Player of the Week honor after scoring 23 points in the ASUN opener. His 15.8 PPG average ranks sixth in the league, while he leads the league with 9.9 RPG.
- UNF has won four of the last five overall matchups against the Bisons. In those four victories, North Florida's offense has been on fire averaging 94 PPG.
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored 16 points in the ASUN opener on Saturday, while also dishing out eight assists. It marked the sixth time over the past two seasons that Gandia-Rosa finished a game with double-digit points and 8+ assists.
- Wajid Aminu tied his season-high with 15 points in the win against North Alabama. He has now scored in double figures in eight of 16 games this season, with North Florida holding a 5-3 record in those games.
- The #BirdsofTrey were out in the ASUN opener as UNF drilled 13 triples vs. UNA. It marked the 13th time since 2015-16 that UNF made 13 or more triples vs. an ASUN opponent. They hold an 11-2 record in those games.
- Garrett Sams is averaging 12.5 PPG this year for the Ospreys, which ranks second on the team behind Horchler. The junior has been in double-figure scoring in 11 of 16 games this season, including the last two games for UNF. 

Stetson Hatters (4-11; 0-0)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Liberty* (1/9 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Lipscomb (1/12 - 5 PM - ESPN+)
- Stetson's ASUN slate begins on Wednesday as the Hatters host league newcomers, Liberty, in the Edmunds Center. The Hatters are 4-3 at home, while the Flames enter with a 3-2 road record.
- Wednesday's showdown is the second-ever meeting between the Hatters and Flames with the last meeting coming in 1989 when Stetson defeated Liberty, 88-66, in the Edmunds Center.
- The Hatters won their conference home opener last season with a 80-67 victory vs. NJIT. Leo Goodman dropped 15 points in the game as he connected on all six of his field goal attempts and three triples.
- Stetson enters on a two-game winning streak at home after defeating UNC Asheville, 80-74, on Dec. 18th and toppling Edward Waters on Thursday. Four Hatters finished in double-figure scoring led by Marques Sumner (13) and Christiaan Jones (12).
- Sumner led the team in scoring in each of the last two games after posting 14 at Longwood. The junior guard has tallied three-straight double-digit scoring games to increase his PPG to 8.6.
- Abayomi Iyiola has tallied four double-doubles this season tied with NJIT's Abdul Lewis for second-most in the ASUN and just ahead of Liberty's Scottie James with three. Iyiola enters Wednesday's league opener averaging 11 PPG & a team-best 6.8 RPG.
- Keith Mathews is averaging 13 PPG during Stetson's two-game home win streak. This season, Mathews is averaging 8.2 PPG at home compared to 3 PPG in road games. The sophomore guard is shooting 55.3 percent on field goals in the Edmunds Center and 50 percent from deep.
- In league play last year, Stetson was tops in the ASUN for turnover margin (+.2.84) and assists to turnover ratio (1.4). The Hatters dished out 15 assists per game and only turned it over 10.5 times each outing.