A Closer Look at Florida Gulf Coast

As Marquette prepares to say farewell to Dan Fitzgerald, Ousmane Barro, Lawrence "Trend" Blackledge and Tommy "T-Nice" Brice, MarquetteHoops.com's Nick Chmurski looks at the little known Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (10-20, 6-10 Atlantic Sun).

Head Coach: Dave Balza (5th Season, 87-33)

Probable Starting Line-up

G – Delvin Franklin (Junior, 9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

G – Rob Quaintance (Senior, 7.0 ppg, 5.7 apg)

G/F – Casey Wohlleb (Senior, 17.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

F – Adam Liddell (Senior, 10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

F/C – Landon Adler (Junior, 11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg)

Key Substitutions

F – Terike Barrowes (Senior, 6.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

Florida Gulf Coast hails from the low-major conference of the Atlantic Sun. They have experienced a rough first season in Division I thus far as they are currently sitting in 9th place of the 12 team conference. The Eagles have played a tough out-of-conference schedule which has seen them loose road games to the likes of Butler, Iowa, Bradley, and DePaul. However, they are coming off of an important 74-71 overtime win over North Florida on Saturday which ended a four game losing streak.

The Eagles are very much a veteran team as nearly all of their big contributors are juniors and seniors. Their leading scorer, Senior Casey Wohlleb, is coming off of a season-high 29 point performance and can be a difficult match up at 6-7. Fellow senior, Adam Liddell is also an important player for the Eagles as he is a consistent double figure scorer and is capable of big rebounding games. Liddell however, has missed the past three games with injury so his status is still questionable.

As Liddell has recently missed action, Senior Terike Barrowes has seen his minutes increase. Over the past three games is averaging around 30 minutes, 10 points, and six rebounds a game. Barrowes goes 6-7 230 pounds, which will make him an interesting match up for some of Marquette's bigs especially Trevor Mbakwe. Besides from the starting five and Barrowes, Florida Gulf Coast does not get much production from anyone else as their bench has not proven to be particularly deep.

Blaza's teams are usually noted for their up-tempo style of basketball, but don't look for them to try and run with Marquette. The Eagles will most likely hope to play a slower pace of game and look for opportunities to break when they can.

Tuesday's game is Senior Night and marks Marquette's last home game of the season as tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bradley Center.


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