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INTO THE OWLS NEST: An in-depth look at Tennessee's S16 opponent

By: Jordan Moore

Junior Staff Writer

The All Vol Call In Show


Graphic | John Dunn

The Florida Atlantic University Owls, coached by fifth-year head coach Dusty May, will appear in their first-ever Sweet 16 game on Thursday when they take on the Tennessee Volunteers, inside the historic Madison Square Garden. Who are these scrappy underdogs from Boca Raton?

Opponent Profile:

Head Coach: Dusty May (5th season)

Record: 33-3 (2022-2023 Conference USA Regular Season & Tournament Champions)

Conference Record: 18-2

Net Ranking: 13th

Home Record: 15-0

Road Record: 11-3

Neutral Record: 3-0

Quad 1: 2-1

Quad 2: 4-2

Quad 3: 11-0

Quad 4: 12-0

Last 10 Games: 9-1 (9 in a row)

KenPom Adjusted Efficiency: 22nd

KenPom Offensive Efficiency: 29th

KenPom Defensive Efficiency: 34th

KenPom Adjusted Tempo: 143rd

Adjusted Shot Quality: 51st

Adjusted Offensive Shot Quality: 45th

Adjusted Defensive Shot Quality: 64th

Rim/3 Rate: 11th (88%)

Starting 5:

PG: Bryan Greenlee (6’0”, 191lbs)

SG: Nick Boyd (6’3”, 185lbs)

SF: Alijah Martin (6’2”, 210lbs)

PF: Johnell Davis (6’4” 203lbs)

C: Vladislav Goldin (7’1”, 240lbs)


Jalen Gaffney (6’3”, 185lbs)

Michael Forrest (6’1”, 174lbs)

Brandon Weatherspoon (6’4”, 186lbs)

Giancarlo Rosado (6’8”, 247lbs)

Go To Player(s)

Johnell Davis (13.9 PPG, 5.4 REB, 1.6 APG)

38.8% from three on 116 attempts

Alijah Martin (13.1 PPG, 5.3 REB, 1.5 APG)

36.5% from three on 178 attempts

Solid Contributors:

Vladislav Goldin (10.4 PPG, 6.4 REB, 1.2 BPG)

Michael Forrest (8.4 PPG, 2.4 REB, 1.7 APG)

33.8% from three on 151 attempts

Role Players:

Bryan Greenlee (7.2 PPG, 2.5 REB, 2.2 APG)

38.9% from three on 126 attempts

Nick Boyd (8.9 PPG, 4.1 REB, 2.6 APG)

39.9% from three on 61 attempts

Giancarlo Rosado (5.9 PPG, 3.6 REB, 1.4 APG)

This season marks FAU’s fifth-ever postseason appearance (2 NCAAT, 1 NIT, 1 CIT, 1 CBI)

FAU picked up its first-ever NCAAT win in the 1st round against Memphis

At one point in the regular season, the Owls were on a 20-game winning streak.

FAU has played 6 games against teams inside the KenPom top 50 (UAB 3x, North Texas 2x & Memphis). FAU is 5-1 in those games.

The Owls played only 3 “high major” teams in the regular- season: @ Ole Miss (L, 80-67), @ Florida (W, 76-74), Memphis (W, 66-65)

37.3% of the FAU’s points scored on the season have come from behind the arc, which ranks 25th in the nation

Seven FAU players have 100+ attempts from three, all seven of them are 33% or better from deep.

Florida Atlantic has attempted less than half the amount of mid-range jump shots this season than Tennessee: 130-to-279.

FAU is one of the worst teams in the county at getting to the free-throw line, and when they do, they fail to convert, only connecting on 71.5% of their attempts, good for 200th in the country

Despite their lack of height, the Owls are top-100 in both offensive & defensive rebounding.

Florida Atlantic has an effective field goal percentage of 54.4%, good for 25th in the country.

FAU is one of the shorter teams in the country at 76.0” with only three players taller than six-foot-eight, That is good for 329th in the country.

Coach Mays utilizes a four Guard, one Big lineup exclusively.

Coach Mays and FAU also utilize a deep bench, with nine players that have played in 30+ games & average 15+ MPG

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