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FAU will play a home game on an ESPN network for the first time in program history when the Owls face Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.
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Florida Atlantic fans are well aware of the improved play of the basketball team this season.
Those in charge of programming at ESPN must be paying attention as well.
A few weeks ago, ESPN selected Saturday’s FAU vs. Arkansas Little Rock game to air on ESPN2 over other Sun Belt games played that day.
And why not? The Owls had defeated Mississippi State and USF and were one of the hottest teams in the league when it was announced late last month that the game would be televised.
“It’s a big deal, especially when you’re not on,” said FAU coach Mike Jarvis. “It makes me appreciate it because I never really appreciated it before when I was at GW and St. John’s and we were on all the time.”
Since the announcement, FAU has played even better and will bring in a six-game winning streak and an undefeated record in the Sun Belt into Saturday’s game.
“I’d like to hope that because of some early success against some big teams, and because we were are a fun team to watch and we are winning, we were chosen,” Jarvis said.
The game will mark the first time FAU has played a home game televised on an ESPN network.
UALR (12-9, 4-2 Sun Belt)
at FAU (14-6, 6-0 Sun Belt)
- When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
- Where: FAU Arena
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: ESPN 760
- Streaming live: ESPN760.com, FAUSports.com
- Official site: UALRTrojans.com
- About the Trojans: UALR is coming off a 78-70 victory at FIU on Thursday. ...The Trojans lead the Sun Belt in 3-point percentage, making 42.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc. ...Solomon Bozeman is the second-leading scorer in the Sun Belt Conference at 15.5 points per game
- About the Owls: FAU hasn't played since its victory Saturday at Western Kentucky. ...The Owls trail in the all-time series 3-2, but won the last meeting 77-74 when Greg Gantt scored 29 points at FAU Arena on Jan. 21, 2010...Raymond Taylor is averaging 18.2 points per game in Sun Belt games
- Projected lineups
UALR: Head coach Steve Shields
G Solomon Bozeman 6-0, Sr. (15.5 ppg.)
G Alex Garcia-Mendoza 6-3, Sr. (8.0 ppg.)
G D'Andre Williams 5-10, Jr. (6.0 ppg.)
F Montrell Thornton 6-7, Sr. (3.3 ppg.)
F Courtney Jackson 6-6. Jr. (6.4 ppg.)
FAU: Coach Mike Jarvis
G Raymond Taylor 5-5, So. (11.5 ppg.)
G Greg Gantt 6-2, So. (14.9 ppg.)
G Pablo Bertone 6-3, Fr. (2.9 ppg)
F Brett Royster 6-8, Sr. (7.5 ppg.)
F Kore White 6-8, So. (9.4 ppg.)