Turkey Day Tourney Preview - Fairfield

Turkey Day Tourney Preview - Fairfield

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In a basketball feast of epic proportions, Jacksonville University will give thanks by participating in the Wright State Tournament this weekend in Dayton, Ohio. The Dolphins (1-3) will play Fairfield (2-1) on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Friday's game (and the rest of the tournament) can be seen on ESPN3 and be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida.

THE LAST TIME OUT - WEBBER INTERNATIONAL

In a game in which the Dolphins never trailed, Jacksonville University earned an 18-point, 88-70 win over Webber International in Historic Swisher Gym on Monday. JU was led by a career-best 23 points from Devin Harris, who also had his second career double-double with 11 boards.

"Wasn't pretty at times," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "We still have a group that needs to get more comfortable and confident playing together. We've got a lot of guys that are thrust into certain roles, and at times it looks smooth. At other times it's as if we're trying to put a round peg in a square hole. We're at the point where we're practicing well, but we need to be able to translate that into the game. We'll get there."

"Tonight, we dialed in," said Harris. "Having Hogan and some of the other leadership out there was great. I didn't really care about it being a career night for me. I just wanted the win. Now we're going to try to snowball this into the next three games over Thanksgiving Break."

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - FAIRFIELD - GAME 5 - FRIDAY, NOV. 24

Video: ESPN3
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins1010 XL
Broadcaster: Scott Manze (PBP)
Twitter: @JacksonvilleMBB
Game Notes: Jacksonville l Fairfield

Series Information

Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Record at Jacksonville: N/A
Record at Fairfield: N/A
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Fairfield: N/A
Jacksonville vs. MAAC Opponents: 21-9 (Last Meeting: 12/10/16, at Marist, JU wins 85-64)
Fairfield vs. ASUN Opponents: 0-0

The second of four teams this season that Jacksonville is playing for the first time, Fairfield will face off against the Dolphins to open the Wright State Tournament. Jacksonville is now 147-108 in first-time meetings after beating Webber on Monday. The Stags are 2-1 on the year after beating Penn and Loyola Maryland at home and losing at #19 Purdue. Sydney Johnson has been at the helm of Fairfield since April 2011, and has led the Stags to four winning seasons in his seven years. Johnson came to Fairfield after leading his alma mater, Princeton, for four years. The 11-year head coach has had at least one player earn an all-conference honor each season. The Stags are averaging 69.3 ppg while allowing 76.7, but that defensive number is greatly inflated by the 106 given up to Purdue.

Players to watch:

  • #3 - Senior guard Tyler Nelson - Leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) and is fourth in rebounding (5.3 rpg). Was second in the MAAC in scoring in 2016-17 and named to the All-MAAC First Team.
  • #23 - Sophomore guard Ferron Flavors Jr. - Tied for second in scoring (10.7 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Came to Fairfield from South Mountain Community College, where he averaged 17.6 ppg and scored 20 or more 12 times. No relation to Flava-Flav.
  • #14 - Junior forward Matija Milin - 6'9" Serbian that is tied for second in scoring (10.7 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Started first 15 games in 2016-17, then played a sixth-man role through the rest of the year.