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Analyzing the Enemy: Florida Atlantic:
The Hilltoppers will be squaring off with Florida Atlantic University on Saturday night at Edgar Allen Diddle arena. Last time we "analyzed our enemy", we must've put some bad juju on the Tops but it's time to right the ship for our latest breakdown.
Are you ready to dance, Owls? And yes, it shwill be a shlow dance.
Although this game is in Bowling Green, I will still tell you a little about where the mighty Owls hail from.
Imagine the worst place in the world for a university to reside. Now immediately imagine the best place in the world to go to school and you have Boca Raton, Florida. With an abundance of sun-kissed women and pineapple trees, Boca Raton is home to around 85,000 people but the number more than doubles during the day at this business center of a city. I can't really blame anyone for working in Boca Raton. I picture Boca Raton as a place where everyone drinks margaritas and golfs all day.
Although the name of the city has a sexy ring to it, when translated by our Spanish friends, Boca Raton means "mouth of the rat" or "rat's mouth."
Florida Atlantic University was built on a WWII army base that served as the Army Air Corps' only solar training base. This land was seized by the American government via eminent domain after the start of WWII. The land was taken from Japanese farmers who used the property as a pineapple plantation.
Florida Atlantic University educates about 29,000 students a year. They have a lot of awards and recognitions. In 2011, Washington Magazine named FAU as one of the nation's top schools. The magazine listed the Florida university at #249 in the nation!
Hooty hoot! Florida Atlantic's mascot is Owlsey the Burrowing Owl. Boca Raton is known as an owl sanctuary and there were attempts to stop the construction of the school in fear that it would destroy the owl population. The owls remain in the area however, hanging around campus and littering the quad with owl pellets.
Out of every university's alumni list I've read, this is for sure one of my favorite compilations.
Chris Carrabba is the lead singer for Dashboard Confessional. You may recognize some of his songs as the same ballads your high school girlfriend jammed out to in the parking lot after school. His album "A Mark, a mission, a Brand, a Scar", topped the U.S. Indie charts in 2003 and is certified US: Gold.
Carrot Top attended FAU where he launched his "comedy" career by performing in open-mic contests at the campus. Top, headlines at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas and is listed as a prop comedian.
Fun Fact: Carrot Top's real name is Scott Thompson. How many of you guys actually knew that? Yeah, Rivals gets their money's worth when I write.
Mary Carey , aka best analyzing the enemy alumni ever, is an entertainer and actress. She was also a member of the FAU dance team during college. What kind of actress and entertainer is she? She has starred in various adult films and worked at a gentlemen's club in Florida. After much success, Cary moved to Los Angeles and eventually landed a gig with Playboy TV.
It gets better for Ms. Cary. In 2003 she ran for the governor of California. Out of 135 candidates Cary placed tenth. Not letting the loss get her down, she decided to run for Lieutenant Governor of California in 2006. She later dropped out of the election to take care of her mother who had jumped off a building when she was off her medications.
I'm assuming you're all done Google searching Mary Cary, lets continue.
If you're looking for a good time in Boca Raton, there are many activities in the city to keep you occupied. If you're looking for a mediocre time, visit The Burrow on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights for real, live Sun Belt basketball action!
The Burrow first opened its doors in 1984 to women's basketball and later allowed the men to play in 1988. The facility hold's 5,000 spectators which is more than enough room for the 1,209 fans per game the Owls are averaging. In the summer of 2008, further renovations were put in place, including club suites to give "The Burrow" an exciting new feel as the programs continue to grow.
Cheerleader Scouting Report:
I like to consider myself an expert on Sun Belt cheerleaders and dance teams. I might not be able to tell you who North Texas' leading scorer is but I can sure tell you the depth chart of the lovely ladies on the sideline.
The FAU cheerleaders take home the gold for best cheerleaders of the SBC. I have no idea how many trophies they have won at the World's in Orlando but does it really matter? We are talking Boca Raton's finest here. I don't even have to expand on them, just look at the picture.
Fun Fact: The FAU's cheerleaders were named to TotalProSports.com's "20 Terrible College Football Teams with Hot Cheerleaders."
Mike Jarvis is entering his 24th season as a Division I men's basketball coach and his fifth season as coach of Florida Atlantic University. According to FAU's sports website, "Jarvis' long record of suceess places him among the nation's elite basketball coaches." If you read that sentence again you will notice the misspelling of success. I did not change the spelling, that's how FAUsports.com decided to leave it. Maybe it's because they don't consider a 60-82 overall record at FAU "succeess"-ful.
Jarvis has led three other universities to the NCAA Tournament. His previous stops include Boston University, George Washington, and St. Johns. He was fired six games into the 2003-04 season when one of his players claimed that the basketball staff had paid him $300 a month during his four years at the program.
Players to Watch:
We will get to enjoy watching the best scorer in the Sun Belt on Saturday night when 6'2" senior guard, Greg Gantt arrives in Diddle. You will want to keep an eye on #22 who happens to be averaging 22 points per games while shooting 43% from behind the arc. Star players usually have career games against WKU so expect him to go for 30 on Saturday night.
FAU's other guards, #42 Stefan Moody and #25 Pablo Bertone, will also look to light it up against the Tops. All three of these guards are good players that like to shoot.
The Owl's offense is mostly powered by their guards. Their big guys are only averaging a combined 11 points per game. Expect to see a lot of shooting and driving to the basket. The owls shoot 37% from the three-point line as a team and are shooting 21 free throws per game.
The Owls beat Arkansas State 72-65 in Boca Raton on December 1st.
WKU is 4-2 in the last 6 regular season games against FAU.
The Tops are looking for their 13th straight home victory. I'm sure Harper will have the boys ready to play after dropping two on the road in Arkansas.
Tops win 72-66.
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