Conference USA meets Atlantic Coast Conference when FAU visit the Miami Hurricanes in Friday night college basketball action. The FAU Owls opened their season with a 92-81 victory vs. Division II Flagler University. Miami enters tonight’s contest looking to recapture national prominence after a down 14-18 season.
Miami seeks rebound season after 2018-19 misquesJim Larranaga and Miami believe increased depth will be key for their season ahead. Last year, injuries and suspensions decimated the Hurricanes’ three-year NCAA Tournament streak. While Dewan Hernandez has moved on from Miami basketball, the Hurricanes return floor general Chris Lykes. Lykes averaged 16.2 ppg and 3.2 apg in 2018-19. Senior DJ Vasiljevic, transfer Kameron McGutsy and an incoming crop of freshmen will combine with Sam Waardenburg to form Miami’s core.
Last season the Hurricanes averaged 71.8 ppg and allowed 71.1 ppg. Coach Larranaga placed an off-season emphasis on defensive improvement. Miami can prove tonight if those drill and time spent coalescing paid off.
FAU trying to add another season of improved winsA steady win increment saw FAU finish above .500 last year for the first time since 2011. With potential C-USA star Jailyn Ingram (18.9 ppg) returning from an ACL tear, this season’s Owl’s offering could make noise. Though, Ingram scored just four points in 14 minutes during FAU’s Tues. win vs. Flagler. Coach Dusty May plans to bring Ingram along slowly so he’ll peak during conference play.
Owls defeat Flagler 92-81, Taylor leads FAU with 20 points. FAU travels south to play Miami on Friday, tip-off set for 7 p.m. pic.twitter.com/Uh9wkXhpHp— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) November 6, 2019
With last year’s star a supporting member, all 13 Owls scored to ring in their season opener. Senior guard Cornelius Taylor’s 20 points in 20 minutes led FAU. In defeat, Gedi Juozapaitis added 24 rallies.
In 2018-19 FAU scored 70.4 ppg and allowed 68.0 ppg -#80 NCAA.