WKU Basketball | North Texas vs. FIU Preview

Tonight in the opening round of the C-USA tournament, (7) FIU vs. (10) North Texas. The winner will face WKU Thursday night. Tonight’s game will tip-off at 8:30 PM CT on ESPN+

North Texas (10)

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North Texas (20-11) overall and (8-10) in C-USA. With wins over New Mexico, Indiana State, and Southern Miss. Earlier this season North Texas lost to FIU (69-59).

They are led by Freshmen Guard Umoja Gibson (12.5 ppg, 2.7 rebs.) and Junior Guard Ryan Woolridge (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rebs.)

FIU (7)

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Florida International (19-12) overall and (10-8) in C-USA. With wins over Western Kentucky, LA-tech, and Youngstown State. Earlier this season FIU beat North Texas (73-58) on March 9th.

The panthers are lead by Senior Guard Brian Beard (17.4 ppg, 6.1 ast.) and Junior Forward Devon Andrews (15 ppg, 5.2 rebs.)

Prediction

I expect a close game until the final 5 minutes with FIU pulling away at the end. Final score (FIU 75 NT 66)

How does this affect WKU?

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IF FIU defeats North Texas tonight that will set the table for a WKU vs FIU rematch Thursday night @8:30 PM CT on Stadium. On January 17th FIU defeated WKU (77-76). The Hilltoppers will be looking for revenge with their season on the line.

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