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FAU coach Mike Jarvis points to WKU as a program worth emulating. (Photo courtesy of Owl Pix)

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Hoping to get on Top

FAU will be looking for scoring when it heads to one of the premier programs in the Sun Belt.

Originally published on 1/11/2013

by Chuck King

An ugly loss to Middle Tennessee on Thursday might have FAU coach Mike Jarvis dreading Saturday's visit to Western Kentucky.

Jarvis insists that won't be the case.

In recent years Jarvis has frequently pointed to the Hilltoppers as running the kind of program he wants to establish at FAU.

"I love it," Jarvis said. "I think it is a great place to play. It's a great arena to play in. The crowd is great. They get into the game."

For Jarvis to truly enjoy this trip to Bowling Green, he is going to need to find some scorers. At MTSU, the top team in the Sun Belt, the Owls' side of the scorebook was filled by Greg Gantt, Stefan Moody, and pretty much nobody else.

Two nights later they have to face the Hilltoppers, the second best team in the Sun Belt. WKU surely took notice.

Even if Jarvis does find some extra scoring, that still may not be enough to overcome WKU's attitude.

"They believe they are supposed to win and many times they do [win] just because of that," Jarvis said. "They play hard, and in college basketball if you play hard that's 80 percent of the battle."
 

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  FAU  (8-9, 3-3 Sun Belt)
at WKU (
10-7, 4-2 Sun Belt)

About the Owls: Each of the past six meetings between FAU and WKU were decided by single digits. ...Greg Gantt's 22.5 ppg is fifth best in the nation. ...Freshman forward Chris Bryant played 11 minutes against MTSU, the most since he saw 16 minutes against American on Nov. 24. ...Freshman guard Stefan Moody scored 18 points but committed six turnovers against the Blue Raiders.

About the Hilltoppers:
WKU hasn't played since losing to Arkansas St. last Saturday. ...The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight at home. ...WKU has made at least nine 3-pointers in each of its last four games. ...Jamal Cook is averaging 14.5 ppg. T.J. Price is right behind him at 14.4.

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