Scouting report: Florida Atlantic
Game info: 5 p.m. Sunday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: No TV/KJR 950 AM
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Mike Jarvis is 41-54 in four seasons with the Owls. He is 360-256 overall in in 23 years.
Prediction: Picked to finish first in the Sun Belt East division by league coaches.
Series: Washington and Florida Atlantic are meeting for the first time.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior guard Greg Gantt (right) scored a game high 23 points in the season opener against Portland in 32 minutes. He converted 9 of 21 field goals, including 5 of 14 three-pointers. His career high is 29 points. Gant is FAU’s freshman record holder for three-pointers. He’s converted 35.8 percent on shots behind the arc.
— Junior guard Ray Taylor struggled Saturday and played one of his worst games in a long time. He missed 12 of 14 shots and six of seven three-pointers in 30 minutes. He finished with six points and four assists. Taylor is undersized at 5 foot 6, but he’s one of FAU’s stars. He set the school record for assists in a season when he dished out 177 during the 2009-10 season as a freshman.
— Junior forward Kore White is FAU’s tallest player in the rotation at 6 foot 8. White began his college career at Marshall before transferring to FAU. The Owls ask him to do a lot. He had 10 points and four blocks in the opener, but managed just four rebounds. White can also step outside and consistently hit the mid-range jumper. His game is similar to Washington’s Darnell Gant.
— In Saturday’s game at Edmundson Pavilion, the Owls built a 12-point lead (20-8) less than 10 minutes into the game, but walked into halftime tied 35-35 with Portland. The score was tied at 63-63 with 2:04 remaining when Portland pulled away for a 70-65 win.
— FAU returns four starters from a team that went 21-11 last season, including 13-3 in the 12-team Sun Belt Conference. The Owls are a veteran group with eight returning letterwinners.
— Don’t let the season opening fool you. Florida Atlantic is a pretty good team that many project will receive a NCAA tournament berth.
— The Owls start two point guards in senior Alex Tucker and Taylor. Tucker is a pass-first guard who dished 136 assists last season.
— Washington Lorenzo Romar on FAU: “Just an entirely different approach from this game tonight than the one tomorrow. They play more man for starters and they don’t have as much of a push as Georgia State does.”
— Jarvis was a candidate for the Washington job before the school hired Bob Bender.
F- Kore White, 6-8, Jr., 8.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg.
F – Jordan McCoy, 6-6, Jr., 5.3., 3.7
G – Greg Gantt, 6-2, Jr., 14.0, 3.9
G – Alex Tucker, 5-10, Sr., 7.4, 4.3 apg.
G – Raymond Taylor, 5-6, Jr., 11.6, 3.9 apg.
*Last season’s statistics
— Florida Atlantic are undersized and Washington should be able to exploit a mismatches in the paint with 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye and Gant. However, the disparity in size will really become apparent in the backcourt. Abdul Gaddy (6-3) and Tony Wroten Jr. (6-5) should have no problems passing over and around the smaller Owls guards. The Huskies guards should also be able to use their size and speed to penetrate into the lane and get FAU into foul trouble early. C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross should also receive favorable defensive matchups against a smaller defender.