Dolphins Host Aggies in Home Opener, Warriors on Monday

Dolphins Host Aggies in Home Opener, Warriors on Monday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Looking to repeat a dominant defensive performance akin to its 2016 matchup, Jacksonville University will host the Aggies of North Carolina A&T Saturday in the 2017 home opener for Dolphin Basketball. Last year JU defeated NC A&T by 17, 66-49, in one of the best defensive performances of the season.

Following up the Saturday game against NC A&T, the two-game homestand will conclude Monday evening when Webber International comes to town.

Both games can seen on ESPN3 and be heard exclusively on 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida.

THE LAST TIME OUT

The Dolphins opened the 2017-18 season with a two-game road swing through Birmingham, Ala., and Washington, D.C., to play UAB and Georgetown. The Dolphins fought valiantly in a short-handed effort against the Blazers, missing Antwon ClaytonJace Hogan, and Aamahne Santos, and fell 96-67. Two days later JU traveled to our nation's capital for the first game with Patrick Ewing at the helm of the Hoyas, and thanks to JD Notae's second consecutive game of 18 points, the Dolphins matched Georgetown point-for-point in the second half of the contest, but ultimately fell 73-57.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - NC A&T

Game Notes: Jacksonville
Video: ESPN3
Broadcasters: Roger Hoover (PBP)Vince Martin (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins1010 XL
Broadcaster: Scott Bacon (PBP)
Twitter: @JacksonvilleMBB

Series Information

Series Record: JU leads 1-0
Last Meeting:
 11/26/2016; at NC A&T; JU wins 66-49
Record at Jacksonville:
 N/A
Record at NC A&T:
 JU leads 1-0
Record at Neutral Site:
 N/A
Record in OT:
 N/A
Coach Jasick vs. NC A&T:
 1-0

A recap of last season's victory at NC A&T's Corbin Sports Center can be found here, but not much of either team returns. The Aggies had a 3-25 campaign under then first-year head coach Jay Joyner, but Joyner's 2017 squad has already almost matched that 2016-17 win total with a 2-1 mark through this point of the 2017-18 season. The Aggies are outscoring their opponents 86.3 points to 80.0 points per game, and are shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Players to watch include:

  • #25 6'8" Junior forward Femi Olujobi - The Oakland University transfer is averaging 27.7 ppg after sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA Transfer rules. His scoring outburst is a bit surprising after averaging just 1.4 points in two seasons at Oakland. He's also averaging 7.7 boards a game, which leads his team.
  • #3 - Graduate Transfer guard Devonte Boykins - The only other Aggie averaging over 10 ppg, Boykins comes to NC A&T after three years at Georgia Southern, where he averaged 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in his career. Boykins is now averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and four assists per game.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - WEBBER INTERNATIONAL

Video: ESPN3
Broadcasters: Scott Manze (PBP), Artis Gilmore (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins1010 XL
Broadcaster: Scott Bacon (PBP)
Twitter: @JacksonvilleMBB

Series Information

Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting:
 N/A
Record at Jacksonville:
 N/A
Record at Webber:
 N/A
Record at Neutral Site:
 N/A
Record in OT:
 N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Webber:
 N/A

This is the first of four first-time matchups in the 2017-18 season; the Dolphins are 146-108 all-time in those games, including a 3-1 mark last year. Webber is coached by Allan Corbin, a walk-on member of the West Virginia teams that went to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 under then head coach John Beilein, now the head coach of the Dolphins' Dec. 30 opponent, the University of Michigan. Corbin has coached his team to a 2-2 record this year and an impressive showing in a 98-89 loss in an exhibition game at Stetson. That game counted as an official game for the Hatters, but as an NAIA school the stats and record doesn't apply for Webber. The Warriors are averaging 85.3 ppg while allowing 82.0, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from three.

Players to watch include:

  • #23 - Senior guard Osandai Vaughn - Leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounds (8.7 rpg)
  • #32 - 6'10" Senior center Johnathan Childs - Second on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.7 rpg), and has four blocks on the year