The ASUN's Top Two Squads Tangle on Tuesday to Highlight Midweek Action

The ASUN's Top Two Squads Tangle on Tuesday to Highlight Midweek Action


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ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball midweek heats up on Tuesday evening with a lone matchup between the ASUN's top two squads, Liberty and Lipscomb. The Flames stand at 18-4 and 7-0 in league play, while the Bisons are 16-4 with an identical 7-0 conference record. 

On Wednesday, a trio of games highlight the action. FGCU will brave the cold to travel up to Newark to take on NJIT. Jacksonville looks to defend homecourt, as they welcome Stetson into Swisher Gymnasium. North Florida pays a visit to Kennesaw State, who seeks its first conference victory.

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FGCU Eagles (8-14; 3-4)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: at NJIT (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Jacksonville (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
-  The Eagles make the long trip north to face NJIT on Wednesday night at the WEC. The Eagles have dominated the series leading 5-1 against the Highlanders. They have been victorious in each of their last two trips to Newark.
- Schadrac Casimir continues to be on fire as the guard scored 33 points in the win against North Florida. He was named Newcomer of the Week after averaging 23.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG & 3.0 APG last week.
- Zach Scott scored 14 points in the win vs. UNF, his third double-digit scoring output in his last four games. It was his most points since scoring 25 against Keiser on Dec. 19 & his second-highest points total of the season.
- Troy Baxter Jr. found his way into the #SCTop10 as he threw down a big dunk in the win vs. North Florida. For the first time since the opening weeks of the season, Baxter Jr. has back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the Eagles.
- FGCU is dishing the ball better in conference play averaging 15.3 assists per game. They had a season-high 23 dimes in the win against the Ospreys, and have 22 or more in two of their last three outings.
- Offensively, FGCU made 50.0 percent of its field goals against North Florida, the sixth time this season they shot 50.0 or higher from the field. In those games, FGCU now has a 5-1 record.
- Brian Thomas has been a factor on both offense and defense in the last few games for the Eagles. He scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards last time out. It's his second double-digit scoring game of the season.
- The Eagles rank second in the ASUN in three-point shooting percentage at 36.5 percent entering Wednesday's contest. Casimir has led the charge as he is shooting 19-for-34 in his last four games from behind the arc.

Jacksonville Dolphins (9-13; 2-5)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at FGCU (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
-  The Dolphins hold a 52-35 all-time series lead against the Stetson Hatters entering Wednesday's contest. Jacksonville has won six-straight overall in the series and 12 consecutive in this series at Swisher Gym.
- Jacksonville's offense ranks third in the conference with 73.9 PPG in league play. JD Notae (16.3 PPG), Tyreese Davis (11.7) and Jace Hogan (11.6) are the top three individual scorers for the Dolphins in ASUN play this season.
- In last season's series sweep of the Hatters, Notae averaged 20.5 PPG for the Dolphins on his way to Freshman of the Year honors. The sophomore guard has five games this season of 20 or more points.
- Jalyn Hinton continued his blocking prowess with two blocked shots against Liberty last time out. The forward now has seven consecutive games with at least one block, and has a league-high 48 for the season.
- With a field goal percentage of 48.6 in conference play, the Dolphins rank second as a team in that category in the ASUN. Hinton is shooting a team-best 64.9 percent, while David Bell sits at 58.6 coming into Wednesday's outing.
- The Dolphins are making 8.1 triples per game at home this season compared to just 5.1 on the road. In conference play overall, Jacksonville is averaging 6.1 made trifectas, which ranks them fourth in the league.
- With 14 total offensive rebounds, David Bell ranks seventh in the ASUN in that category in league play. Jace Hogan is second on the team and right behind Bell with 13 coming into this game with Stetson.
- Jacksonville is looking for its first home victory of the 2019 calendar year. The last win came on Dec. 8 against Middle Georgia. The Dolphins have more road wins (5) than home wins (3) so far this season.

Kennesaw State Owls (3-18; 0-6)
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Stetson (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- Kennesaw State returns to the Convocation Center on Wednesday night to take on the Ospreys. The Owls trail in the all-time series 20-18, but hold a 12-9 advantage in the series when the game is played at home.
- Tyler Hooker was on fire in KSU's last outing against North Alabama. The guard scored a career-high 33 points, the second-highest single game total of any ASUN player this season. He is averaging 19.2 PPG which ranks him second in the league.
- Danny Lewis scored 11 points in the game at North Alabama last week. He now has double figures in five games this season, including two of his last three outings. His season average sits at 7.8 PPG.
- Junior forward Isaac Mbuyamba tied his season-high with 12 rebounds last time out for the Owls. It's the most rebounds in a game for him since he grabbed 12 at NJIT on Jan. 5th. He pulls down 6.3 RPB in conference play.     
- The charity stripe has been kind to the Owls in conference play so far this season. They are shooting 75.6 percent from the foul line, the highest mark in the ASUN. The Owls have had four games this season of shooting 80.0 or better. 
- All three of Kennesaw State's wins this season have come at the Convocation Center. They are averaging 63.7 PPG this season at home. In the last three home wins vs. the Ospreys, Kennesaw State is averaging 91.6 PPG.
- Crashing the offensive glass continues to be a strength for the Owls as they pulled down 18 offensive boards vs. UNA. With 11.3 offensive rebounds per game, Kennesaw State ranks second in the ASUN entering Wednesday's game.
- In league play, the Owls are only turning the ball over 12.5 times per game, which ranks third in the league. They have committed 11 or less turnovers in three of six league games this season. 

Liberty Flames (18-4; 7-0)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Lipscomb* (1/29 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. NJIT (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
-  Liberty and Lipscomb both sit at 7-0 in conference play, the best starts to league play for both programs in D-I. In the latest NET rankings, Lipscomb sits 40th just ahead of Liberty in 46th. The Flames enter the contest unbeaten at home at 10-0.
- The Flames and Bisons are two of 16 undefeated teams in conference play remaining in the NCAA. The ASUN is one of four conferences to still have two unbeaten league teams (SEC, MEAC & Ivy)
- The Flames have the second-largest margin of victory in conference play as Liberty is outscoring league foes, 70.6 to 54.3. Liberty's 54.3 PPG allowed is the lowest in the ASUN by 11.1 points.
- Caleb Homesley and Scottie James are one of two sets of teammates in the league to be averaging at least 12.5 PPG & 6.5 RPG in ASUN action. Homesley enters Tuesday's game at 13 PPG & 6.6 RPG with James at 12.9 PPG & 7.6 RPG.
- Liberty has five of the top 15 three-point shooters in the ASUN. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz leads the conference in 3-PT field goal percentage at 52.8 percent. Elijah Cuffee is not far behind in third at 48.0, while Lovell Cabbil, Homesley & Darius McGhee sit in ninth, 12th and 14th, respectively.
- Liberty's pack-line defense has been stellar this season, as they are holding opponents to 59.0 PPG and lowered that to 54.3 in ASUN play, both of which are tops in the league. In their 18 victories this season, the Flames are surrendering just 53.9 PPG.
- Liberty sits two wins away from registering its third-straight 20-win season under Head Coach Ritchie McKay. The Flames have never accomplished the feat nor had two-straight 20-win campaigns prior to last year.
- Four Flames are averaging in double figure scoring for the season with James (12.4) & Homesley (11.5) leading the way ahead of Cabbil (10.3) and McGhee (10.0). Liberty's offense is well balanced with eight players averaging at least 5 PPG

Lipscomb Bisons (16-4; 7-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: at Liberty (1/29 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+); vs. North Alabama (2/2 - 4 PM CT - ESPN+)
- Garrison Mathews earned his 11th career ASUN Player of the Week on Monday; the most in conference history. He leads the ASUN in scoring during league play at 23.8 PPG and is hitting 3.5 three's per game; second-best in the league.
- Mathews sits with 2,104 career points good for sixth-best in league history. He can pass current NBA player Torrey Craig for fifth all-time on Tuesday with 25 points against Liberty.
- Lipscomb holds a 7-3 record in road games this season including a 3-0 mark in ASUN road games. The Bisons are averaging 76.7 PPG in road contests, while posting 93.4 PPG at Allen Arena.
- The Bisons have won their last 15 games against conference foes including three en route to last year's ASUN Championship crown. Only two of those 15 games have been decided by three points or less. Lipscomb is outscoring ASUN teams this year, 83.7 to 66.6.
- Rob Marberry sits with 1,215 points in his three-year Lipscomb career, which is 102nd in conference history. He needs four points to crack the top-100. Nathan Moran owns 1,098 career points as he is alone in 148th. He can move into the top-125 with 55 more points.
- Eli Pepper can crack the ASUN top-10 for career rebounds on Tuesday with only three rebounds vs. the Flames. He enters with 891 career boards, which sits as the Lipscomb Division I record.
- Lipscomb is off to a program record start in league play at 7-0 for the first time. FGCU is the last team to start at least 8-0 as the Eagles posted 11-straight wins to begin league play.
- Kenny Cooper is one of two active ASUN players alongside Liberty's Lovell Cabbil that own at least 150 career steals and 300 assists. Cooper sits with 154 steals and 300 assists, while he is averaging 3 APG & 1.5 SPG.

NJIT Highlanders (17-5; 5-2)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Liberty (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- The Highlanders host FGCU on Wednesday night at the WEC. NJIT trails the all-time series 5-1 to the Eagles, but the lone win came at home during NJIT's first year in the ASUN by the score of 68-59.
- NJIT is riding a four-game winning streak into the contest against FGCU. Three of those four wins have been by six points or fewer, including a 76-70 overtime win last time out vs. North Alabama.
- Donovan Greer is averaging 12.5 PPG over his last two games. He has been lighting it up from behind the arc, going 7-for-10 in those last two outings, including the game-tying three this past weekend.
- Zach Cooks scored 21 points against North Alabama to lead the NJIT offense once again. His 18.7 PPG rank him fourth in the league. He now has ten 20-point games this season for the Highlanders.
- With 37.0 rebounds per game in conference play, the Highlanders rank second in the league. Abdul Lewis has been a monster on the boards recently, averaging 14.8 rebounds per game in his last four.
- The Highlanders defense is holding teams to just 25.8 percent from behind the arc in conference play. That's the best percentage in the ASUN. They also rank second in points allowed at 65.4 PPG.
- NJIT is 3-1 in conference home games so far this season. In each of the three victories, they have surpassed the 70-point mark. Overall, the Highlanders are 15-2 when scoring 70+ points this season.
- Diandre Wilson is averaging 11.4 PPG this season, which ranks him third on the team. He has reach double figures in three of his last four games, and eight of his last 10 games played for NJIT. 

North Alabama Lions (8-16; 5-3)
Twitter: @UNA_MBB
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb (2/2 - 4 PM CT - ESPN); at FGCU (2/6 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+)
- The Lions travel to Lipscomb for their next ASUN game to open the month of February. It marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides as North Alabama looks for its second conference road win of the year.
- Guard Kendarius Smith recorded his second 20-point game of the season last time out. He scored 21 against NJIT and is now averaging 19.5 PPG over his last games heading into Saturday's matchup.
- Christian Agnew has been a consistent scoring threat for the Lions over the past three games. He has been in double figures each time and is coming off an 18 point performance at NJIT.
- North Alabama leads the ASUN in steals per game during conference play with 8.0. They have recorded eight or more steals in six of eight league games. Smith leads the team individually with 2.0 SPG.
- Jamari Blackmon's 15.3 PPG continues to lead the team offensively. His 353 total points rank him fourth in the ASUN, while his 51 made triples rank him fifth coming into Saturday's contest.
- The Lions have played some tightly contested matchups during league play. In each of their five wins, the winning margin has been six points or fewer. North Alabama holds a 5-4 record overall in games decided by six points or less.
- With 10.4 offensive rebounds per game, North Alabama ranks in the top half of the ASUN in that category. Freshman forward Emanuel Littles has pulled down 58 offensive boards by himself, which ranks him third individually in the ASUN.
- Opponents are shooting only 32.1 percent from behind the arc against North Alabama. That puts the Lions defense in third place in the league. They will have a tough matchup against one of the top shooting teams in the ASUN in Lipscomb on Saturday.

North Florida Ospreys (9-14; 3-5)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: at North Florida (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb (2/6 - 7 PM ET - ESPN+)
-  The Ospreys travel to Kennesaw State on Wednesday night looking to get back in the win column. North Florida leads the series 20-18, but has not won in the Convocation Center since Feb. 14th, 2015.
- North Florida's offense continues to be one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league at 79.1 PPG during ASUN play. The Ospreys have eclipsed the 80-point mark in five of eight league games this season. 
- Wajid Aminu had his best offensive game of the season last time out against FGCU. The forward scored a season-high 25 points, including making 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Aminu had only made six triples all year heading into that game.
- Noah Horchler continues to be a consistent offensive threat. Horchler is averaging 17.1 PPG in league play, good for fifth in the conference. He also ranks fourth in rebounding at 8.8 RPG entering Wednesday's contest.  
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa is the quarterback of the Ospreys attack and has dished out six or more assists in each of his last three games. He tied his season-high for the third time this season with nine against FGCU last time out. 
- In conference play, North Florida's #BirdsofTrey are averaging 11.2 made threes per game, best in the league. They have made double-digit threes in nine of 23 games this season, and hold a 5-4 record in those outings. 
- With 4.9 blocks per game overall, the Ospreys rank second in that category in the ASUN. In conference play, they are doing the same at 5.0 blocks per game. Aminu has 20 blocks in league action, the most of any ASUN player. 
- North Florida's rebounding has been consistent throughout this season. They are averaging 37.8 RPG this year, second in the league. On the offensive glass, they rank third with 11.3 offensive boards per contest. 

Stetson Hatters (4-18; 0-7)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: at Jacksonville (1/30 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Kennesaw State (2/2 - 4 PM - ESPN+)
- In one of the longest running series in program history, the Hatters trail Jacksonville 52-35 in the all-time series matchup. Stetson's last win in the series came on Feb. 24, 2015 at home by the score of 70-67.
- Stetson's offense is averaging just 62.8 PPG over its last four outings. In road games this season, Stetson has averaged 64.2 PPG compared to 74.2 PPG at home.   
- Christiaan Jones (10.9 PPG) and Abayomi Iyiola (10.4) lead the team in scoring and are the only Stetson players to average double figures. Marques Sumner ranks third on the team with 8.2 PPG.
- With 12.3 offensive rebounds per game, Stetson leads the league in that category. They have pulled down double-digit offensive boards in five of their last six games played, with the one exception being nine vs. NJIT.
- Kenny Anninye is dishing out a team-high 3.9 assists per game. The guard ranks second in the ASUN with 85 total assists, trailing only North Florida's Ivan Gandia-Rosa. His 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks him fourth in the ASUN.
- Jahlil Rawley is averaging 2.0 steals per game in his last two outings. He has 28 total steals this season, which ranks him 12th in the league. In ASUN play, the guard is swiping 12 total balls, which puts him in 5th.   
- Among returning players, Iyiola averaged 9.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG in games against the Dolphins. Iyiola scored 13 points in the tough 68-67 loss at home, while he six points and five boards in only 15 minutes of action on the road.   
- The Hatters are attempting a league-high 63.4 field goals per game this season. In conference play, that number has dipped slightly to 60.7, which still ranks the team second in the ASUN.