Florida Atlantic Owls News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Sun-Sentinel: Lane Kiffin pleased with FAU defense after wrapping up spring practices
As Florida Atlantic wrapped up its spring on Saturday with a final scrimmage, Owls coach Lane Kiffin said his overall takeaway from the month-plus of drills was how pleased he was with improvements on defense.
"Defense had really good energy [Saturday], kind of fed off where they've been ever since the first scrimmage," said Kiffin, who would go into his third season leading FAU in the fall. "There's always bad and good to these things. One side's doing good, that means the other side's not doing so good. It was good defensively."
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ESPN.com: Calipari seals lifetime deal to finish career at UK
Kentucky has agreed to a contract extension with head coach John Calipari that will see him finish out his career with the Wildcats, a school official told ESPN.
"We can confirm that the University of Kentucky has agreed to terms on a long-term contract with Coach Calipari to finish his career at Kentucky," a school spokesperson said.
Calipari also confirmed the news on his radio show.
"It has nothing to do with the other stuff ... people call every year," he said. "They presented it to me and I appreciate it."
"Where else would I want to coach?
University Press: FAU accepts bid to the CIT (Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament)
This postseason tournament appearance is FAU's first since 2011 and third in program history.
FAU's basketball season isn't over, as it's accepting a bid to play in the CIT (Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament.
The CIT was created in 2009 and gives mid-major teams like FAU more of an opportunity to participate in postseason play.
FAU finished the regular season 17-15 (8-11 Conference USA), going above .500 for the first time since 2010-11. Reaching that winning record was especially difficult for the Owls this season, however, as they've overcome multiple injuries to key contributors on the roster.
University Press: FAU loses heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech, 57-56
The Owls' are now eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament.
FAU's 57-56 loss to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the Conference USA tournament could only be described as heartbreaking.
Down two with a second remaining, FAU center Karlis Silins went to the line for what would have been the game-tying free throws. He drained the first and the Owls had their grasps on overtime. But the second went awry, forward Xavian Stapleton flying in for the tip-in attempt which missed as well.
University Press: FAU shuts North Texas down defensively, winning 60-54
FAU picked up its first win of Conference USA bonus play, dominating North Texas defensively in a gritty 60-54 road win.
This was a huge win for the Owls after they dropped their first game of bonus play last Saturday. FAU is now 1-1 with two games left in the regular season, with a chance to move to a higher seed in the C-USA tournament, which starts March 13.
Last time these two teams met, the Owls conducted a masterful performance on the defensive end, holding the Mean Green to 47 points. It was a similar outcome in the second battle.
ESPN.com: Jim Boeheim says death of Jorge Jimenez 'will be with me for the rest of my life'
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jim Boeheim said the fatal accident he was involved in on Wednesday night that resulted in the death of Jorge Jimenez is "something that will be with me for the rest of my life."
Boeheim on Saturday night took the court for the first time since Wednesday's tragic accident, exiting the locker room with 2:33 remaining before tip-off. The record crowd at the Carrier Dome gave him a massive standing ovation. Boeheim briefly acknowledged the crowd and then walked over to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, a longtime friend, and the two coaches embraced.
A message was read by the arena's public address announcer in both English and Spanish, recognizing those impacted by the tragedy and honoring the life of Jimenez, followed by a moment of silence.
FAU Owl's Nest: Basketball Postgame 2019-20: North Texas - Dusty May
Jack and Shane invite Jake Elman from the Palm Beach Post to discuss the major events concerning FAU this National Signing Day. Topics include commits that can immediately contribute to the team and possibly last minute big name signings.
FAU Owl's Nest: Owls Avenge Panthers Before Packed House
Three days after losing to FIU, the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team earned its revenge with an 89-72 win over the Panthers on Saturday night. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Owls' record to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in Conference USA.
The Panthers (13-8, 4-4) started fast, taking a quick 8-2 lead at the 16:34 mark. FAU scored seven straight points to take a 9-8 edge. The two teams exchanged momentum for the next several minutes before FIU went on a 7-0 run of its own to stretch its lead to 27-17.
The Owls clawed their way back and after a Kevaughn Ellis block led to an Anthony Adger three that just beat the horn, held a 43-42 lead at the break.
University Press: Video highlights of FAU women's basketball's 72-67 loss to Marshall.
A strong effort from guard Myka Johnson Matthews was not enough for the Owls against Marshall last night, as they fell, 72-67. The Player of the Game for FAU, Johnson Matthews led all scorers with 17 points. She also grabbed four boards, three steals and an assist on the night. Guard Glenisha Harkless contributed across the board with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and a career-high six assists.
The Owls (3-15, 0-5 Conference USA) hope to end their 10-game losing skid and secure their first conference win this Saturday at home against Western Kentucky. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.
University Press: FAU heads on tough road trip against rivals Marshall and Western Kentucky
The Owls can soar up the conference standings with a pair of wins.
FAU basketball has exceeded expectations early on but a two-game road stand against Marshall and Western Kentucky will be one of the biggest challenges they face all season.
The Owls, who have an 11-6 record on the year, have not backed down despite losing key contributors Jailyn Ingram (knee) and Jaylen Sebree (shoulder) to season-ending injuries.
FAU Owl's Nest: Owls Upset Illini as 15 Point Underdogs
Anthony Adger's career-high 27 points, and Madiaw Niang's first career double-double powered the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team to a 73-71 overtime win against Illinois on Saturday. The Owls improved to 9-4 with the win.
"It was an exciting game for our young guys. I feel like we had some guys grow up and really compete at a high level", said Head Coach Dusty May. "I thought we did a great job on the glass."
The game was a defensive minded affair in the early going, as both teams endured long scoreless stretches in the first half.
ESPN.com: Diakite scores 15, Bethune-Cookman tops FAU 72-70
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Soufiyane Diakite scored 15 points and blocked three shots, Wali Parks made a go-ahead 3-pointer late, and Bethune-Cookman beat Florida Atlantic 72-70 on Saturday.
Parks made it 70-68 with 37 seconds left and after the teams traded turnovers, he made 1 of 2 free throws with 18 seconds to go.
Michael Forest answered with an inside basket with 11 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 71-70 but after Malik Maitland made 1 of 2 free throws, the Owls couldn't get a final shot off.
Leon Redd added 12 points and Cletrell Pope had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (4-4).
FAU Owl's Nest: Inside the Burrow 2018 - Episode 15 - Mission Failure
Jack and Shane invite Jake Elman from the Palm Beach Post to discuss FAU's shocking upset loss to Charlotte. While trying to find blame for the disappointing season, the boys go over what will be needed this offseason in order to put the program back on track. Finally, the guys turn the page by discussing Motor's future and FAU Basketball's success. Go Owls!
University Press: FAU stays hot with 73-62 win over Palm Beach Atlantic
A strong second half paced the Owls to victory after a slow start.
Powered by a second half surge, FAU defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish to continue its hot start to the season.
The Sailfish (1-5) kept up with the Owls (5-1, 0-0 Conference-USA) early on, trading baskets in a game that saw them within three at the half.
It was a different story in the second half, however.