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FAU basketball expecting home game against Miami this season

A home game against Miami could be on Florida Atlantic's 2011-12 basketball schedule, FAU coach Mike Jarvis told a gathering of about 100 people at the Owls' basketball banquet on Sunday.

Jarvis said the paperwork has been sent to the Hurricanes to be signed. The deal, though, was agreed  upon before Miami hired Larranaga to be its new coach, so it's not a 100 percent lock.

The game would likely be played on Dec. 3, giving FAU its first on-campus football-basketball doubleheader. FAU football hosts Louisiana-Monroe that day.

“For FAU to get Miami to come and play us is huge,” Jarvis said. “They have the contract. Hopefully they will sign it and send it back this week.”

Jarvis gave a preview of the entire schedule, saying that Marquette or West Virginia will likely be the third guarantee game next season. had previously reported that the Owls will also play Florida and Kansas. The Florida game will be part of the Orange Bowl Classic tournament.

FAU will once again play an early season tournament on the west coast, this one featuring Washington, Portland and Georgia St.
Siena, and George Mason will come to Boca Raton as part of a home-and-home series. FAU will play at American, Hofstra and Harvard.

Should the Miami and Marquette/West Virginia games come to fruition, FAU will look for only two more games to fill its non-conference schedule.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Delray hosted the banquet – and by the way, they make a pretty feakin' good pie.

After dining on good food, Jarvis and friends of the program presented the players with the watches that accompany an NIT berth (photo, right) and the customary awards. Here's the rundown:

  • Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Royster
  • Most Improved: Jordan McCoy
  • Scholar Athlete: Justin Davis
  • Sixth Man: Alex Tucker
  • Rookie of the Year: Dennis Mavin
  • Unsung Hero: Greg Gantt
  • MVP: Ray Taylor (top photo)

Jarvis' reasoning for selecting Taylor as the MVP?

“He deserved it, because if he doesn't bring his game it makes us have to do a lot of different things,” Jarvis said.

Royster, a graduating senior, offered a humorous comparison between this year's basketball banquet and the one from his freshman year.

“I don't think we had banquet my freshman year,” he said. “It was a good experience, just seeing everybody and getting together like this. It was a good way to end the year.”

Some other interesting notes from the banquet:

  • Demonte Simpson and Darren Stewart have been granted their release and have officially left the program.
  • Royster is expecting to have some NBA tryouts following the draft.
  • Jarvis is trying to raise money to help forward Kore White tour Asia over the summer with a team sponsored by Athletes in Action. To donate, contact the basketball office at (561) 297-0097.

It was a great event for the program and its biggest supporters and I'm glad we were considered important enough to be invited.

May 01, 2011

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