Check out live updates and discuss the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the FAU Owls on Tuesday (6:00 p.m., CBSSN) at the FAU Arena.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Miami (1-1, No. 87 Kenpom) lost a 95-89 loss to UCF, while FAU (1-1, No. 197 Kenpom) lost to New Mexico with a 78-56 win against Warner of the NCCAA hosts Miami for the first time in 1 years, this is the only time FAU has beaten Miami in the series. Despite their two top scorers, Kameron McGusty and Isaiah Wong, the Hurricanes together lose 48 points. Defensive pressures and ricochets have been issues for the Hurricanes, who will be looking to improve in these areas with the ESPN Events Invitational coming up next week, where they could take on a trip from Kenpom’s top 100 teams, including the top -25 opponents in No. 3 Kansas and No. 14 Alabama. Transfer starters Charlie Moore and Jordan Miller will be looking for a combo of 2 for 15 with five turnovers against UCF after impact performance. The Hurricanes were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country last year with 29.5 percent, ranking 325 out of 347 teams and this year with 25.6 percent and 277. According to Kenpom, FAU is outside the top 200 in terms of offensive and defensive efficiency, but ranks second in the offensive rebound percentage (48.6) that Miami struggled with last game, and UCF allowed 16 offensive rebounds while grabbing only 14 defensive boards.
SERIAL RECORDING: Miami leads 24-1
LAST MEETING: Miami won 74-60 at Coral Gables on November 8, 2019.
MANAGEMENT: Miami at 6 1/2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
FAU: G Michael Forrest leads the Owls in scoring (16.5), rebounds (6.5), assists (3.0), steals (2.0) and 3-pointers (2.5). The fourth-year 6-foot-1 junior was named Broward County Player of the Year for a senior when he led Ely to a state championship in 2018. He scored 26 goals in the opening game against New Mexico but was kept at seven against Wagner.
Miami: PF Sam Waardenburg has had two productive games on his return after missing out with a foot injury last season. Waardenburg is in third place in the team with 13.0 points per game and offers all-round statistics with 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 72.7 percent (8 of 11 ) Shots from the ground in 25.5 minutes. In the last meeting against FAU, he reached a career high with 11 rebounds.
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Christopher Stock has been reporting on the Miami Hurricanes since 2003 and can be reached by email at [email protected] and on Twitter @InsideTheU.