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Red Wolves look for sweep of four-game road trip

Date: Jan. 23, 2010

Location: Boca Raton, Fla.

Tipoff: 6 p.m. (CST)

Arena: FAU Arena

Arena Capacity: 5,000

Webcast/Livestats: FAUSports.com

TIPPING IT OFF

The Red Wolves are looking to for a sweep in its four-game Sun Belt Conference roadtrip when they complete the swing at Florida Atlantic Saturday at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Fla. ASU is off to its best conference start since the 1997-98 squad went 7-1.

THE OPPONENT

Florida Atlantic sits in a log jam for first in the Sun Belt Conference East division tied with Troy and Middle Tennessee all with a conference mark of 5-3. Overall FAU is 9-10 on the campaign and have won four of their last five dropping a 72-79 loss to WKU during that stretch. The Owls have also dropped conference matchups against ULL (74-81) and South Alabama (93-96/OT). FAU is 6-2 at home this season and has a 3-1 Sun Belt record on their home floor. FAU has three players averaging in double-digit scoring led by Raymond Taylor who is averaging 15.4 ppg and is averaging 6.5 assists per game. Greg Gantt ranks second on the Owls scoring 15.1 ppg and shooting 43% from the floor. Brett Royster rounds out the players scoring in double-digits with 10.0 ppg. Royster also leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and has 60 blocks on the season. Mike Jarvis is in his second season at the helm of the Owls with a record at the school of 15-31. Jarvis owns a career mark of 228-390 in 22 seasons as a head coach.

SERIES VERSUS FLORIDA ATLANTIC

The Red Wolves own a 3-1 record against the Owls in the tow team's all-time series which dates back to the 2006-07 season. ASU won their third game in the series last season hosting the Owls at the Convocation Center and capturing a 62-60 home win.

RED WOLVES CONTINUE TO ROLL WITH WIN PAST FIU

ASU stretched its winning streak to four with a five-game conference winning streak with its win at Florida International on Thursday. ASU's last loss was at Lamar and last conference loss was at Denver.

ALLISON DEALING THE ROCK

ASU junior Rashad Allison has an assist/turnover ratio of 2.0 in all games this season ranking second in the SBC. In conference only games Allison has a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio. Allison also ranks eighth in the conference and leads ASU with 67 assists.

LEADING THE CONFERENCE

ASU is leading the conference in all games in scoring margin (+4.3), 3-PT field goal percent defense (.265), rebounding offense (38.4) and defensive rebounds (26.6). The Red Wolves rank second in field goal percent defense at .406, rebounding margin (+2.8) and blocks (4.6).

ASU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

The Red Wolves not only lead the Sun Belt in three-point field goal percentage but has cracked the top 10 in the nation at the No. 7 spot. ASU is holding opponents to shooting just 27.2 from beyond the three-point arc. Freshman forward Brandon Peterson is ranked 57th nationally in blocks per game at 2.1 and the Red Wolves are also ranked 65th in the country in blocks per game at 4.6.

MID-MAJOR POLL

ASU is receiving votes in the most recent CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25 poll. ASU has received 11 votes in the latest poll.

BRYANT BACK WITH FIRE

After sitting out four games with an injury ASU's sophomore guard Daniel Bryant came back with a vengence hitting back-to-back three-pointers in his first minute of action at North Texas last Saturday. Bryant finished the game 4-5 from the floor and 3-3 from three-point range, including knocking down 2-2 from the charity stripe for 13 points.

HOT START

WIth ASU currently sitting atop the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference and holding the best league record at 6-1, the Red Wolves are off to the hottest start since the 1997-98 team began the year at 7-1.

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