Georgia Men’s Basketball Preview: Bulldogs vs. Florida Atlantic Owls


The Georgia men’s basketball team takes on Florida Atlantic Sunday afternoon at 5:00 in the last home NIT Tip-Off contest before traveling to New York for the Tip-Off Finals in Madison Square Garden.

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Date: 11/23/2014

Tipoff Time: 5:00 pm

Venue: Stegeman Coliseum – Athens, GA

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG

TV: Fox Sports Net

Founded in 1961, Florida Atlantic University is located in Boca Raton, Fla.

Florida Atlantic is 1 -2 this season with losses to Elon 49 – 71 and Harvard 49 – 74 and a win over non-division 1 Warner

Georgia is 2-1 with a loss to Tech, an 80-70 win over Stony Brook and a 82 -60 win over Troy.

Michael Curry is the Owls new head coach. A collegiate star at Georgia Southern, Curry played 11 years in the NBA and was the Detroit Pistons head coach in 2008-09. He served as associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and as a Detroit assistant.

Curry joined the Pistons organization after working two-years at the NBA, serving as vice president, player development for the NBA Development League and later as vice president of basketball operations. He is also a former president and vice president of the National Basketball Players Association’s Executive Board. Curry brings immediate credibility to the Florida Atlantic basketball program.

The Owls lost one starter off of last year’s team that went 10 and 22, 5 and 11 in Conference USA. Three freshman newcomers to the FAU program include C. J. Turman from Madison, Ga, a former Tennessee signee. Soloman Poole transferred from Georgia Tech Tech to FAU and will sit out this year.

The starters for Georgia will be junior guard Charles Mann, junior guard Kenny Gaines, sophomore guard Juwan Parker, senior forward Nemi Djurisic and senior forward Marcus Thornton. Expect J. J. Frasier off the bench early. Yante Maten will be the first man off the bench in the post rotation.

Likely starters for FAU are senior forward Kelvin Penn, redshirt senior center Justin Raffington, sophomore guard Marquan Botley, freshman guard Justin Massey, and junior guard Jackson Trapp.

Last night Georgia dominated Troy. Georgia should dominate FAU as well, with plenty of action for the bench players to share in before getting down to the serious work of preparing to play 13 ranked Gonzaga in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.