Liberty & NJIT Highlight @ASUNMBB Weekend Action

Liberty & NJIT Highlight @ASUNMBB Weekend Action

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Weekly Notes Packet Conference Stats

ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Basketball continues this weekend with two games Saturday afternoon and two more that night. NJIT travels to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty looking to gain ground in the standings at the top. Lipscomb puts its undefeated conference record on the line against North Alabama.  

Stetson welcomes Kennesaw State to DeLand, Fla. for a crucial matchup at the bottom of the standings. Only eight of the nine ASUN teams this season will qualify for the ASUN Championship. The final matchup of the weekend features FGCU hosting Jacksonville as both teams look to make a move up the standings and into one of the top four spots. 

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FGCU Eagles (8-15; 3-5)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. North Alabama (2/6 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- FGCU looks for its fourth conference win of the year when they welcome Jacksonville to Alico Arena on Saturday. The Eagles lead the all-time series 12-11 and have won four consecutive games in the series.  
- The Eagles' offense has been more efficient over the last four games. FGCU has shot over 47.5 percent from the field in each of the four contests, including two games shooting right at 50.0 percent. 
- Schadrac Casimir was held to single digits for the first time since Dec. 29th during FGCU's midweek loss at NJIT. In his last home game at Alico Arena, the guard scored 33 points and made six triples vs. UNF. 
- FGCU has been shooting the ball well from behind the arc too, shooting higher than 30.0 percent in nine of their last 10 games. The Eagles have been over 40.0 percent in three of those contests and in eight games overall this season. 
- Troy Baxter Jr. scored a season-high 21 points in FGCU's last game against NJIT in midweek. It marked his second 20-point game of the season for the Eagles. He's averaging 8.4 PPG in conference play so far. 
- The Eagles ranks third in conference in steals per game (7.5) and blocks per game (4.4) during league play. Zach Scott leads the team individually with 1.4 steals per game, while Brian Thomas leads the squad with 1.3 blocks per game. 
- FGCU is averaging 78.3 PPG at home this season compared to 70.4 PPG on the road. They are also doing a good job rebounding averaging 36.3 RPG at home, compared to 31.3 RPG in road games this season. 
- Christian Carlyle is averaging 8.8 PPG in conference play which ranks him second on the team behind Casimir's 18.5 PPG. Baxter Jr. (8.4) and Scott (8.1) give FGCU four players at 8.0 PPG or more in conference play.

Jacksonville Dolphins (10-13; 3-5)
Twitter: @JAX_MBB
Next Two Games: at FGCU (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Kennesaw State (2/6 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- Jacksonville heads to Alico Arena on Saturday to take on the FGCU Eagles. The Dolphins trail in the all-time series 12-11 and have lost four consecutive games in the series. Jacksonville's last win at FGCU came in January 2016. 
- The Dolphins have won two of their last three league games as they look to get back in the race for a top four spot. They have averaged 79.0 PPG in those two wins, while only scoring 59 in the against Liberty. 
- Sophomore JD Notae has continued to lead the offense for Jacksonville as he sits with 15.1 PPG. He's upped his scoring average to 17.6 PPG in the last three outings, including scoring 22 vs. rival UNF. 
- Notae also grabbed 14 rebounds in the win against Stetson, marking only the second time this year that he finished with double-digit rebounds. The Dolphins rank fifth in the ASUN with 36.1 RPG during league play. 
- Jalyn Hinton has averaged 11.25 PPG over his last four games, including three games of 12 points each for the Dolphins. He's also currently on an eight-game streak with at least one blocked shot for JU. 
- David Bell has stepped up his game during league play as he pulls down 7.1 RPG and is scoring 8.9 PPG on the offensive end. His field goal percentage of 56.8 ranks him sixth in the ASUN entering this weekend. 
- Two of Jacksonville's three ASUN wins this year have already come on the road. The offense came alive in those two contests, scoring 90 points at Kennesaw State and 86 against North Florida. 
- The Dolphins' defense is swatting 5.7 shots per game, which leads the league. They have five or more blocks in each of the last five games. Their season-high is 13 against South Carolina State on December 1st. 

Kennesaw State Owls (4-18; 1-6)
Twitter: @KSUOWLSMBB
Next Two Games: at Stetson (2/2 - 4 PM - ESPN+); at Jacksonville (2/6 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- Kennesaw State holds a narrow advantage in the all-time series against Stetson, 14-12, but have dominated the matchup recently holding a 7-2 record in their last nine games. The Owls and Hatters split the season
series last season with each side winning on their home court.
- The Owls are 7-6 all-time at the Edmunds Center vs. Stetson. In both games against the Hatters last season, the Owls shot at least 54 percent from the field including a 35-of-60 (58.3) effort in KSU's win at home.
- KSU collected its first conference victory of the season on Wednesday with a 17-point home win vs. North Florida. The Owls forced the Ospreys into 24 turnovers, while committing only 10 translating to a 21-5 point differential on turnovers.
- Four Owl starters tallied at least 15 points in the win led by Bryson Lockley and Bobby Parker each with 17. It marked a season-high in points for Lockley, while Parker scored 21 earlier in the season vs. Samford. Danny Lewis added 16 points; one off his career-high.
- Tyler Hooker, who scored 15 vs. UNF, enters Saturday's game as the league's second-best scorer at 20.3 PPG in league play trailing only Lipscomb's Garrison Mathews (23.6). Hooker has scored in double figures in every game this season except for one.
- Lockley added 12 rebounds in KSU's win vs. UNF to secure his fourth double-double of the season, which is tied for fifth-most in the league this year. He is averaging 8.7 RPG in league action; fourth-best in the ASUN.
- The charity stripe has been kind to the Owls in conference play so far this season. They are shooting 73.0 percent from the foul line, the second-highest mark in the ASUN. The Owls have had four games this season of shooting 80.0 or better.
- In league play, the Owls are only turning the ball over 12.1 times per game, which ranks third in the league. They have committed 11 or less turnovers in four of seven league games this season.

Liberty Flames (18-5; 7-1)
Twitter: @LibertyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. Stetson (2/5 - 7 PM - ESPN+)
- The Flames look to bounce back from a midweek defeat to Lipscomb when they take on NJIT for the first time on Saturday. Liberty owns a 10-1 record at the Vines Center heading into the game with the Highlanders.
- Liberty's offense was held to under 40 percent shooting for the first time this season in Tuesday's game. For the season, the Flames lead the ASUN shooting 49.5 percent from the field. 
- Caleb Homesley led the team in scoring last time out with 12 points. He now has scored in double figures in six consecutive games. His 12.9 PPG in conference play rank him in the top-15 in the league.
- Despite only making four threes last time out, the Flames lead the conference with 9.5 made triples per game. Freshman Darius McGhee is averaging 2.1 made trifectas per game to lead the team individually.
- Forward Scottie James has collected 190 total rebounds this season, which ranks him second in the conference heading into the weekend. He's had six games this year with double-digit rebounding efforts.
- The Flames only get to the foul line 14.1 times per game, which ranks ninth in the league, but they are the top team converting from the charity stripe shooting 76.3 percent overall this season. 
- Liberty continues to have the best scoring defense in the ASUN allowing only 57.4 PPG during conference play. In eight league games, only Lipscomb (79) and North Florida (64) have been able to score 60+ points against the Flames defense.
- In 11 home games this season, Liberty is averaging 16.9 assists per game. That number drops to 15.1 APG on the road. Four players average more than 2.0 APG with Lovell Cabbil leading the squad at 3.1 APG in league play. 

Lipscomb Bisons (17-4; 8-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMBB
Next Two Games: vs. North Alabama (2/2 - 4 PM CT - ESPN+); at North Florida (2/6 - 6 PM CT - ESPN+)
- Lipscomb holds the all-time series lead against North Alabama, 25-20, with the last meeting occurring in 1981 with a Lipscomb win 93-89. The two teams first squared off in the 1936-37 season with the Bisons coming
away with a 33-31 victory.
- Garrison Mathews earned his 11th career ASUN Player of the Week on Monday; the most in conference history. He leads the ASUN during league play for scoring at 23.6 PPG and three's made per game at 3.7.
- Mathews sits with 2,126 career points good for sixth-best in league history. He needs only three points vs. North Alabama to pass current NBA player Torrey Craig for fifth all-time. He can move into fourth place with
28 points passing Jonathan Rodriquez (2006-10).
- Lipscomb sits a 9-1 in Allen Arena this season, making them one of three ASUN teams with at least nine home victories. The Bisons are averaging an astounding 93.4 PPG at home and making 52 percent of their field goals as well a 39.3 percent from deep. 
- The Bisons have won their last 16 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, 83.1 to 65.6.
- With one rebound against UNA, Eli Pepper will become the 10th player in league history to secure 900 career rebounds. Averaging 8.9 RPG in league play, Pepper is on pace to finish his career with 1,000 career
boards; only three others in ASUN history have achieved that feat.
- Lipscomb is off to a program record start in league play at 8-0 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.
- In league play, Rob Marberry has been a force in the post scoring and also distributing. The senior forward is averaging 15.3 PPG on 63 percent shooting, while also dishing out 2.6 APG including five against Liberty on Tuesday. Marberry holds the best assist to turnover ratio in league play at 2.6.

NJIT Highlanders (18-5; 6-2)
Twitter: @NJITHoops
Next Two Games: at Liberty (2/2 - 7 PM - ESPN+); at Kennesaw State (2/9 - 4:30 PM - ESPN+)
- The Highlanders travel to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty for the first time in program history. NJIT has won five consecutive games heading into Saturday night's showdown at the Vines Center. 
- NJIT's nine road victories this season are the most in the league currently. In the last two road conference games, NJIT is scoring 79.0 PPG, while overall the team is scoring 71.3 PPG in road games this season. 
- Rebounding has been a big plus for the Highlanders this season as they rank fourth in the league at 36.8 RPG. On the defensive side, NJIT is grabbing 29.8 defensive boards per game which ranks them second in the league. 
- Abdul Lewis earned his second career Player of the Week after averaging 17.7 PPG and 12.7 RPG for the Highlanders last week. He has been on a tear on the boards averaging 12.6 RPG over his last five games. 
- Zach Cooks continued his great scoring output with 17 points in a midweek win vs. FGCU last time out. Cooks ranks third in the ASUN with 18.7 PPG and first with 429 total points scored this season. 
- Diandre Wilson (11.0 PPG) and Shyquan Gibbs (8.1) give the Highlanders four proven scorers. Wilson has been in double figures in three of the last five games for the Highlanders heading into Saturday's action. 
- With 8.0 triples made per game in conference play, NJIT ranks third in the ASUN. In their last conference road game against Stetson, NJIT drilled a season-high 12 triples, the third time this season they made double digit three-pointers. 
- Defensively, NJIT continues to rank in the top-two in scoring defense. They allow only 64.0 PPG against ASUN opponents. Teams are only shooting 40.1 percent from the field against the Highlanders in conference action. 

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 (9-15; 3-6)
Twitter: @OspreyMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Lipscomb (2/6 - 7 PM ET - ESPN+); at North Alabama (2/9 - 4:30 PM - ESPN+)
- The Ospreys return home to UNF Arena on Wednesday to take on Lipscomb. UNF leads the all-time series 16-12 and have won four of the last six matchups. The Ospreys have won the last five contests in Jacksonville.
- North Florida's offense continues to be one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league at 76.4 PPG; second-highest mark in the league. The Ospreys have eclipsed the 80-point mark in five of nine league games this season.
- In the previous matchup with Lipscomb on January 9th, the Ospreys had all five starters in double figures. Noah Horchler, Garret Sams, JT Escobar and Wajid Aminu all posted 12 points, while Ivan Gandia-Rosa had 11 points.
- Along with his 12 points, Horchler pulled down 12 boards giving him a double-double. Horchler leads all ASUN players in double-doubles this season with 11. He is averaging 16.2 PPG in league play, good enough
for sixth in the ASUN.
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa is the quarterback of the Ospreys attack and has dished out six or more assists in each of his last four games. He tied his season-high for the third time this season with nine against FGCU on January 27.
- In conference play, North Florida's #BirdsofTrey are averaging 10.8 made threes per game, best in the league. They have made double-digit threes in nine of 24 games this season, and hold a 5-4 record in those outings.
- With 4.7 blocks per game overall, the Ospreys rank second in that category in the ASUN. In conference play, they are doing the same at 4.8 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 38.1 RPG this year, first in the league. On the offensive glass, they rank second with 11.3 offensive boards per contest.

Stetson Hatters (4-19; 0-8)
Twitter: @StetsonMBB
Next Two Games: vs. Kennesaw State (2/2 - 4 PM - ESPN+); at Liberty (2/5 - 7 PM - ESPN+) 
- Stetson looks to snap an eight-game losing streak when they welcome Kennesaw State to the Edmunds Center on Saturday. The Hatters trail the all-time series 14-12 against the Owls, but won the last matchup at home 86-74.
- The Hatters are attempting 60.6 field goals per game in ASUN play, which ranks them second in that category. The team's season-high in attempts was 77 against USC early on in non-conference action.
- Keith Matthews led the team in scoring in its last game against Jacksonville in midweek action. He is averaging 7.3 PPG in conference play, compared to 6.0 PPG overall this season.
- Abayomi Iyiola set a new single-game best mark with four steals last time out for Stetson. He also had two blocks to give him 26 on the season, which ranks him fourth in the ASUN in that category.
- Sophomore Christiaan Jones (10.6 PPG) and Iyiola (10.2) are combining for 20.8 PPG this season. They are also the top-two rebounders on the team with Iyiola leading the Hatters at 6.6 RPG. 
- Stetson committed only nine turnovers in its midweek contest vs. JU. It marked the second time this conference season they finished a game in single digits. They average only 11.6 turnovers per game in ASUN play.
- With 12.0 offensive rebounds per game, Stetson leads the conference entering Saturday's contests in that category. Three players are averaging over 1.0 offensive boards per game, with Iyiola leading the team at 2.7. 
- Stetson is shooting 42.7 percent from the field at the Edmunds Center, compared to just 36.9 percent on the road. They score 74.2 PPG at home versus just 63.6 PPG in road games this season.

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