Middle Tenn State vs. FL Internationial: Full Game Preview

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Middle Tenn State vs. FL Internationial: Full Game Preview
Middle Tenn State
(18-4, 7-4 away)
FL Internationial
(11-9, 6-2 home)
Venue: U.S. Century Bank Arena
7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, January 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Middle Tenn State M Knight 12.7 S Jones 5.8 B Massey Jr 3.1
FL Internationial T Murphy 15.2 T Murphy 7.6 D Hill 2.8

On Thursday, Florida International welcomes Middle Tennessee State at U.S. Century Bank Arena. It gets started at 7:30 EST. The Golden Panthers fell to the Blue Raiders 69-52 on December 29th and are 1-9 against them over the last four years.

Florida International is in 4th place in the Sun Belt and Middle Tennessee State is in 1st. Both teams continue to fight for position.

In their last game, Malik Smith put up 12 points in the Golden Panthers 60-58 loss to South Alabama on January 27th. In addition to his 14.5 points per game, he is also chipping in 2.8 rebounds per game. For the Blue Raiders, Bruce Massey Jr put up 10 points and 7 rebounds in the 72-53 blowout of Western Kentucky on January 26th. He averages 5.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.1 assists per game. Middle Tennessee State ranks 1st in their conference in offensive rebounding percentage at 38.3, which also places them 24th in the country.

Middle Tennessee State StatSmack

  • The Florida International blocks leader (Tymell Murphy) has more blocks than the Middle Tennessee State blocks leader (Shawn Jones).
  • Tymell Murphy is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in points, 6th in the Sun Belt in rebounds, and 10th in the Sun Belt in blocks.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Florida International has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Middle Tennessee State (1 vs 0).
  • The Florida International steals leader (Deric Hill) has more steals than the Middle Tennessee State steals leader (Marcos Knight).
  • The Florida International rebounding leader (Tymell Murphy) has more rebounds than the Middle Tennessee State rebounding leader (Shawn Jones).
  • The Florida International three-point leader (Malik Smith) has more three-pointers than the Middle Tennessee State three-point leader (Raymond Cintron).
  • Jerome Frink is ranked 7th in the Sun Belt in rebounds.
  • Malik Smith is ranked 8th in the Sun Belt in points and 16th nationally in three-pointers.
  • Deric Hill is ranked 7th in the Sun Belt in assists and 3rd in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • The Florida International scoring leader (Tymell Murphy) has more points than the Middle Tennessee State scoring leader (Marcos Knight).
MTSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Marcos Knight 27 13 5 3 2 0 2
C+ Shawn Jones 22 9 6 0 0 1 2
C Raymond Cintron 22 8 2 1 1 0 1
C Bruce Massey Jr 22 6 3 3 1 0 2
C Trantell Knight 17 5 2 3 2 0 1
C Neiko Hunter 19 8 3 0 0 0 2
C JT Sulton 19 6 4 0 1 0 1
C K. Hammonds II 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
D+ J. Gallman Jr 13 4 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Jason Jones Jr 10 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Jacquez Rozier 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Finoy Perkins 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Torin Walker 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Gavin Gibson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Zane Gibson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
FIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tymell Murphy 31 15 8 2 1 1 2
C+ Jerome Frink 30 10 7 1 1 1 2
C+ Malik Smith 32 15 3 1 1 0 2
C- Cameron Bell 20 8 3 1 1 0 2
C- Tola Akomolafe 24 4 4 1 1 0 1
C- Deric Hill 18 5 2 3 2 0 2
D+ M. Porcher Jimenez 13 6 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Juan Ferrales 17 5 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Gaby Belardo 17 5 1 2 1 0 2
D Joey De La Rosa 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Ivan Jurkovic 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Manuel Nunez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Dee Lewis 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
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