Boca Raton, FLA. – The FAU Fighting Owls came prepared to the Boca Raton Bowl, and Akron Zips simply did not. Heading into the game, the Zips were the underdogs in the largest differential in a spread in Bowl history, with a spread of 22.5. The Owls were headed by first year head coach Lane Kiffin, and he capped off his first season in the same fashion that he played all year while leading his team to a 10-3 record.
The final score to the game was 50-3, and that was after FAU decided to let up on the gas with about ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Before that mark, the Fighting Owls had a firm grip in all three phases of the game. The standouts for the Fighting Owls were QB Jason Driskel, RB Devin Singletary, and WR’s Kalib Woods, Willie Wright, and Kamrin Solomon.
Driskel has had a spectacular season for the team, and capped the Bowl game off with 270 passing yards and a touchdown, and also included two rushing touchdowns with 67 yards on the ground. The feature back in Singletary lived up to all of his pregame hype will rushing for 124 yards, and three touchdowns. Wright was the prolific receiver for the Fighting Owls and he caught two touchdown passes for 71 yards.
The Zips stat line was not so impressive, but it did show promise for the young quarterback Kato Nelson and his future with the team. The issue was that the offensive line could not hold up, and Nelson ended up having 14 carries for only 21 yards. He only had 80 yards in the air as well, but he kept his composure when he knew his team was outmatched. The Zips leading receiver had a 2 catches for 28 yards, and that sums up the night for the offense.
Akron does have promise heading into the future, but will need to improve collectively with their roster if they plan on letting Kato shine. The Zips have made progress by making it to the Bowl game, but will need much more to win a MAC Championship or Bowl game in the near future.
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The LeBron vs. Paul George endeavor was entertaining throughout the course of the game last night in Cleveland. The Cavs topped the Indiana Pacers in double overtime with a tight score of 135-130. This game is a potential preview of a first-round playoff matchup.
LeBron finished with his 11th triple-double of the season, and poured in a resounding 41 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. On the other hand, Paul George had 43 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. In the double OT thriller, LeBron put in 51 minutes, and George countered with 48.
LeBrons extended minutes had to accommodate for Kyrie’s off night, while shooting 5/20 from the field. J.R Smith continued to heat up tonight while shooting 6/11 from deep, and hitting the clutch go ahead shot to send the game to overtime.
Playoff time is here, and LeBron is playing an extended amount of minutes to make sure that the Cavs end the season strong. As of right now, the Cavs are neck and neck with the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs have six games left, that includes a back to back that finishes with a trip to Boston for a final regular season showdown. The race for the top spot in the East is getting tighter and tighter, and the Cavs have limited time to build cohesion within the roster.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Detroit Pistons with a score of 128-96. LeBron James had an extremely effective night with a triple double of 16-12-11. Kyrie Irving razzled and dazzled in the first quarter with 15 points, and shooting perfect from deep. Iman Shumpert was very active tonight with 18 points on 8-11 shooting, and he had five rebounds to go along with it.
What a first quarter to remember, the Cavs shot 85 percent from the field and 100 percent from the three-point line. LeBron was halfway to a triple-double, and the Cavs scored 44 points with ease. Following that first quarter, the Cavs continued to shoot perfect from behind the arc and made ten straight three-pointers until they had a miss.
The Cavs ended the first half with 74 points, and shot an astonishing 69 percent from the field and 78 percent from deep. This was not the only thing that was impressive within this game, LeBron achieved his fifth triple-double in his last eight games. LeBron has at least a double-double in the last nine games now, and is cranking it up for playoff time.
The new players within the team are acclimating themselves with the team at a very high pace. Deron Williams ended up with 13 points on 6-6 shooting, and is getting more and more comfortable on the roster. Derrick Williams is continuing to be a hype man, but also bringing up the offense another notch. Last but not least, J.R Smith is officially back and looking great with 12 points on 4-5 shooting.
The Cavs are still 1st in the Eastern Conference and leading the Boston Celtics by two games, with a record of 44-22. The Cavs have the third best home record in the league, but the playoffs will be featuring a very scary team. Kevin Love was around for shoot around this morning, Larry Sanders just signed, and Kyle Korver will be back soon. The Golden State Warriors have something to worry about with this Cleveland Cavalier team.
The Cavs next game will be home against the Utah Jazz this Thursday, March 16th at 7 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.
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Coming into the 2016-2017 season, the Cavs had their minds set on utilizing the 6’10, Chris Andersen as the traditional center. They found out 12 games later, that an ACL tear would end his season. From that point they thought that they could suffice, but the loss of Kevin Love for six weeks did not help. They currently sit in the middle of the pacfor rebounding, and shot blocking is ranked 26th in the league. Andrew Bogut was the hopeful player that was going to make the impact necessary, but 58 seconds later, that was already in the past.
The only ‘true’ big that the Cavs had was Tristan Thompson, but today that has changed. They signed Larry Sanders, who was the 2010, 15th overall pick and is coming from the Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders has not played since 2015, but he has a very promising potential that gives the Cavs hope. He is a 6’11 center who averaged 6.5 points, and 5.8 rebounds in his career. Interestingly, he averages 1.8 blocks per game and that is ranked 6th among active players in blocks per game.
The rim protector is not something that the Cavs have had in many years, and now they might have found the final championship piece. Sanders averaged 19.8 minutes in his career, and the Cavs will utilize him no more than this. They will keep him as an active spark off of the bench to clean up the paint, and to fill a crucial void down low.
Sanders has taken these past couple years off for reasons that are much more than basketball, and for a reason that is very much respectable. His mental health, and he said in an interview that he will not return to the game until his mental health allows him too. Two years later he feels that he is capable of returning to the league, and here he is as a Cleveland Cavalier.
There are many expectations for a great player to make an impact down low, and we will see he does for the remainder of the season.
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The Cavaliers routed the New York Knicks with a score of 119-103. Tristan Thompson had his control on the game from the start, while snatching six offensive rebounds in the first six minutes. LeBron had a very productive night all-around, with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Kyrie Irving had a very productive night while shooting 9-16, with 23 points. The Cavs made 15 three-pointers, and had a very solid game back from the All-Star Break.
The Cavaliers have won the last nine games while playing the New York Knicks, and last nights’ game caps off the tenth straight. This season the average margin of victory over the Knicks has been 22.7 points, and this sustained last night. The Cavs are now 14-0 against the Atlantic Division this season, and still first in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs are very close to acquiring Deron Williams from the waiver wire, and have the space to add him to the team. Two other potential players that could be added to the roster are Larry Sanders, or Andrew Bogut. This is something to keep a close eye on, and with these additions, the roster will be ready for Golden State.
The Cavs next game will be home against the Chicago Bulls this Saturday, February 25th at 8:30 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.