Western Kentucky vs. Florida Atlantic: Full Game Preview

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Western Kentucky vs. Florida Atlantic: Full Game Preview
Western Kentucky
(13-12, 4-8 away)
Florida Atlantic
(11-15, 8-4 home)
Venue: FAU Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Kentucky T Price 13.9 G Fant 6.3 J Crook 4.4
Florida Atlantic G Gantt 21.1 J McCoy 5.8 J Trapp 2.2

Western Kentucky travels to FAU Arena on Thursday to take on Florida Atlantic. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on HSSN or ESPN3.com. The Hilltoppers fell to the Owls 65-62 on Jan. 12 and are 6-3 against them over the last four years.

Western Kentucky is in sixth place in the conference and needs to hold off seventh place Florida Atlantic.

In spite of 21 points and 7 rebounds from T.J. Price, the Hilltoppers came up short 67-49 against Arkansas State on Feb. 9. He leads the team with 13.9 points per game. For the Owls, Greg Gantt put up 23 points in the 72-71 loss to South Alabama on Feb. 9. His 21.1 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Florida Atlantic StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Western Kentucky more. Western Kentucky has a better RPI this season than Florida Atlantic (RPI: No. 181 vs. No. 220).
  • Western Kentucky has more wins over the last 5 years than Florida Atlantic (120 vs. 78).
  • Western Kentucky has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Florida Atlantic (four vs. zero).
  • The Western Kentucky assist leader (Jamal Crook, 61 assists) has more assists than the Florida Atlantic assist leader (Jackson Trapp, 55 assists).
  • Western Kentucky has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (62.1 percent to 36.5 percent).
  • Brandon Harris is ranked 9th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.
  • Teeng Akol is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in blocks.
  • Western Kentucky has an average margin of victory of 11 over Florida Atlantic in 10 wins since 2006.
  • Western Kentucky has been the favorite 11 out of the last 14 times.
  • Western Kentucky has a stronger schedule than Florida Atlantic this season (SOS Rank: No. 171 vs. No. 198).
  • That must sting. Western Kentucky has blown out Florida Atlantic by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2008.
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jamal Crook 30 13 3 4 2 0 2
C T.J. Price 32 14 4 2 1 0 3
C George Fant 29 12 6 1 1 1 3
C Brandon Harris 31 8 6 2 1 0 2
C- Teeng Akol 16 7 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Kaspar 25 6 2 2 1 0 2
D O`Karo Akamune 13 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aleksejs Rostov 11 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Percy Blade 11 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Stephon Drane 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Eddie Alcantara 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Caden Dickerson 17 3 1 1 1 0 1
D- Marcus Vasquez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
FAU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Greg Gantt 36 21 4 1 1 0 3
C Stefan Moody 29 14 4 2 1 0 3
D+ Jordan McCoy 26 6 6 0 1 1 1
D+ Pablo Bertone 24 9 3 2 1 0 3
D+ Jackson Trapp 22 5 2 2 1 1 2
D Kelvin Penn 21 1 4 0 1 2 1
D Richard Morrow 18 4 4 1 0 0 1
D Dragan Sekelja 16 3 4 1 0 0 1
D Andre Mattison 11 2 2 0 0 1 1
D Cavon Baker 8 3 2 0 1 0 1
F Chris Bryant 8 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Javier Lacunza 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
F D. Thornton 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
F Austin Hunt 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
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