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)
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.)
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.)
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?
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.