Florida International vs. Middle Tennessee State: Full Game Preview

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Florida International vs. Middle Tennessee State: Full Game Preview
FL Internationial
(4-6, 3-4 away)
Middle Tenn State
(9-3, 5-0 home)
Venue: Murphy Center
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, December 29, 2012
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
FL Internationial M Smith 14.9 T Murphy 6.5 G Belardo 3.3
Middle Tenn State M Knight 11.9 S Jones 6.0 T Knight 2.8

With just a few games played, this might set the tone for the conference campaign for both teams. Furthermore, Middle Tennessee State is an RPI Top 50 team, ranked No. 48, and Florida International will attempt to overcome its 0-2 record against Top 50 teams. Overall, the Golden Panthers have a record of 4-6 and are 0-2 in the Sun Belt. The Blue Raiders maintain a record of 9-3 and are playing their first conference game. Last season, the Golden Panthers went 0-2 against the Blue Raiders, with an eight-point average margin of defeat. Over the past four years, Florida International has gone 1-8 against Middle Tennessee State, and 1-3 at Murphy Center.

Middle Tennessee State StatSmack

  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Florida International has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Middle Tennessee State (1 vs 0).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Florida International had a stronger schedule than Middle Tennessee State last season (SOS Rank: #157 vs #184).
  • Malik Smith is ranked 4th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.
  • The Florida International three-point leader (Malik Smith) has more three-pointers than the Middle Tennessee State three-point leader (Raymond Cintron).
FIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tymell Murphy 30 13 7 2 1 1 2
B- Malik Smith 32 15 3 1 1 0 2
B- Jerome Frink 29 11 7 0 2 0 3
C Tola Akomolafe 27 5 5 1 1 0 1
C Gaby Belardo 22 8 2 3 1 0 3
C- Juan Ferrales 21 6 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Deric Hill 14 4 1 2 2 0 2
D M. Porcher Jimenez 9 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Joey De La Rosa 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Ivan Jurkovic 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
F Manuel Nunez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Dee Lewis 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
MTSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Marcos Knight 27 12 5 2 2 0 2
C+ Shawn Jones 22 10 6 0 1 1 1
C Raymond Cintron 23 8 2 2 1 0 1
C Bruce Massey Jr 22 5 4 3 1 1 2
C Trantell Knight 17 6 2 3 2 0 2
C JT Sulton 18 5 4 0 1 0 1
C Neiko Hunter 17 7 3 0 1 0 1
C- K. Hammonds II 18 4 2 2 1 0 1
C- Jason Jones Jr 12 6 2 1 1 0 1
C- J. Gallman Jr 13 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Jacquez Rozier 9 2 2 0 0 1 0
D Torin Walker 5 3 1 0 0 0 1
D Zane Gibson 4 0 0 1 0 0 1
D Gavin Gibson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Finoy Perkins 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
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