FIU goes up against Ball State

Ball State (1-1) vs. Florida International (1-1)

McArthur Center, St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Ball State and Florida International both look to put winning streaks together . Both teams are coming off of home victories in their last game. Florida International earned a 111-48 win over Trinity (FL) on Friday, while Ball State won 73-69 over Nebraska Omaha on Saturday.

SAVVY SENIORS: Florida International’s Tevin Brewer, Clevon Brown and Isaiah Banks have collectively accounted for 35 percent of all Panthers scoring this season.LOVE FOR LUKE: Luke Bumbalough has connected on 43.8 percent of the 16 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 66.7 percent of his foul shots this season.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Florida International defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 32.8 percent, the 15th-lowest mark in Division I. Ball State has allowed opponents to shoot 47.1 percent through two games (ranking the Cardinals 280th).


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