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A look at FAU's path in Hot Springs

The regular-season is over, and everyone is 0-0 heading into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.

At least that's what coaches and players will be saying ad nauseum this week.

But all of those 0-0 teams are not equal.

Three teams don't have to play in the first round - No. 1 seed Troy, No. 2 seed North Texas and No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee. And that's a big advantage to play your first game on Sunday against a team which played the day before.

FAU didn't earn a bye so must win four games in four days to win the tournament. Impossible? No. Unlikely, Yes.

Let's look at FAU's possible road to the winning the tournament.

  • vs. South Alabama (No. 9) Saturday, 3:15 p.m.
    The Jags and Owls split the series, with the road team winning each game. The Jags are reeling following the late-season suspensions of F LaShaun Watson and G Raymond Sims and a knee injury to Bryan Sherrer and were 4-7 down the stretch. This is a game FAU should win.

  • vs. Troy (No. 1) Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
    FAU was 1-1 vs. the Trojans this year, winning at home 83-69 on Jan. 7 and losing 86-80 in Troy, Ala. last week. Of the three teams tied for the No. 1 seed, this is the one FAU matches up best against and presents a winnable game.

  • Semifinals, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
    This would likely be against WKU or Arkansas State. The Owls should pull for ASU, which lost to the Owls 78-63 on Jan. 23, to beat the Hilltoppers, who were 2-0 vs. FAU this season. WKU is hot, but just last week the Red Wolves and WKU played in game which went to OT before Hilltoppers G A.J. Slaughter took over (sound familiar?) and the Tops prevailed,

  • Finals, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
    Either Middle Tennessee or North Texas will likely survive out of this portion of the bracket. Both present problems for the Owls and would represent a huge challenge should FAU advance that far.

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