LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Southern College women's and men's basketball programs have been selected to be a part of the 2019-20 NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase by the NCAA and its media partner, ESPN. The February 15, 2020, doubleheader at Nova Southeastern will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The women's game will tipoff at 2:05 p.m., with the men to follow at 4:05 p.m.
Division II is in its second year of its current regular season media agreement, where the division streams 18 basketball games exclusively on ESPN3 through ESPN.com and the ESPN App. Eighteen additional basketball games and 6-10 other sports are streamed in a hybrid model that consists of online distribution and could involve local TV.
On the women's side, the game features a rematch of the 2019 NCAA South Region Championship, where Southern fell, 84-63. Earlier this season, the Mocs defeated the Sharks, 76-69, in overtime, on January 4, in Lakeland. Florida Southern is currently 15-9 on the season, including 12-4 in the SSC, good enough for third place in the conference, just a half-game out of second place.
Florida Southern is led by junior Julia Jenike, who has scored 855 points in her college career. This year, she is third in the Sunshine State Conference in scoring, averaging 15.7 ppg. Sophomore Mackenzie Steele is second on the team in scoring, at 10.6 ppg.
The Mocs are led by Head Coach Betsy Harris, who is closing in on 200 career coaching victories. She has gone 130-48 in six seasons at Florida Southern, and was 68-27 in three seasons at Coastal Georgia, good for an overall record of 198-75. Harris' 130 wins at Florida Southern are third-best all-time among Moccasin head coaches, trailing only Norm Benn (250-97) and Diane Foli (170-93).
The women's game can be streamed directly via this ink: http://b.link/FSCNSUWBB
On the men's side, the Mocs are currently ranked No. 6 in the latest NABC Coaches' poll. At 22-5, Florida Southern rests atop the Sunshine State Conference standings, a half-game ahead of Saturday's opponent, Nova Southeastern. NSU is ranked No. 5 in the NABC poll. These two team met back on January 4, with NSU winning 111-103, in overtime.
The Red and White are led by senior Brett Hanson, who is only the third player in school history to record over 2,000 points, having done so early in the first half on February 1, in a win over Embry-Riddle. To date, he has 2,072 points for his illustrious career. Additionally, he has also tallied 801 rebounds, good for seventh in the program's record book, just seven rebounds from sixth place. His 204 steals are good for sixth best, just seven away from fifth place, while his assist total of 407 ranks eighth, just three away from seventh.
Hanson is joined by junior Jalyn Hinton on the to the initial Top 100 Watch List for the prestigious Bevo Francis Award, it was announced by Small College Basketball and the National Awards Committee. The Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award is given annually to the top non-division I men's basketball player in the country and includes student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA Divisions I and II, the USCAA, and NCCAA.
Senior Jack Rauch reached the 1,000 point milestone on January 18, as he made a three-pointer early in the first half in the win over Palm Beach Atlantic. To date, he has scored 1,133 points in his four years at Florida Southern.
Senior guard Jair Rodgers has also put up some incredible scoring numbers. In just two seasons at the NCAA Division II level, he has scored 912 career points. Last season, at Concord, he scored 628 points, and so far this season, has scored 284 points for the Mocs. More impressively, when you include his two seasons at the junior college level, he has scored 2,063 points.
The men's game can be streamed directly via this link: http://b.link/FSCNSUMBB
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