Preview: FGCU men’s basketball vs. UT Arlington

The FGCU men’s basketball team looks from its season opening 80-59 defeat against UF when it welcomes UT Arlington to Alico Arena for its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

After going 16-4 at Alico Arena last season, the Eagles look to use their home court advantage, as they face a Mavericks side that had 24 wins just a season ago.

The Mavericks are led by small forward Kevin Hervey, who was selected preseason player of the conference for the Sun Belt, as he is coming off a season-ending knee injury where he finished averaging 18.2 points a game.

The Eagles hope to have senior Marc-Eddy Norelia back in the lineup after he was forced to miss the opening game of the year due to his broken hand.

Freshman RaySean Scott Jr., who is replacing Marc-Eddy Norelia in the starting lineup, became the first true freshman to start a season-opening game since 2011 when Brett Comer started versus TCU.