Opposing players to watch

Men’s Basketball: Florida Atlantic @ Marshall 

Saturday at 8 p.m.

Marquan Botley, Point Guard, #2- Florida Atlantic University has lost nine straight games with its last victory coming against Marshall Jan. 17.

In fact, that victory over Marshall is the only victory the Owls have registered since the calendar flipped to 2015. In that victory, Botley was sensational scoring 23 points on 7-13 field goals, 3-6 three-point FG while notching four rebounds and three assists with just two turnovers.

Despite the team’s lengthy losing streak, Botley has produced all season leading the team in points (13.4 points per game), made three-pointers (44), made free throws (70) and assists (3.8 assists per game).

Botley is small in stature at just 5-foot-10, but he’s a very skilled ball-handling and exceptionally quick off the dribble.

Botley’s smooth handles combined with his quickness and small stature, allows him to catch many taller defenders standing too straight-up and lacking in their overall defensive technique, which he utilizes to create space off the bounce.

Justin Raffington, Forward, #11- The 6-foot-9 Raffington is the Owls primary post presence offensively, while possessing enough length to cause problems in the defensive end as well.

Raffington leads the team in rebounding this season at 7.6 rebounds per game and ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 9.5 PPG on 45.3 percent shooting.

Raffington has undergone a slight dip in production as a senior after a promising junior season, but that may be due to a stress fracture he suffered in his foot, in late December that caused him to miss about a month of action.

Due to the injury, Raffington did not play when the team hosted Marshall Jan. 17 but in last year’s contest against the Herd, Raffington scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Tennis: Penn State @ Marshall

Saturday at 12 p.m.

Katia Blik– Blik has posted a 3-4 record in singles play during the spring season.

Blik originally started the season playing in the three position, but in the last three matches she has competed in the two and one positions.

Blik’s three victories in singles play this season have all come in straight sets against the likes of Old Dominion University, University of Pittsburgh and in the team’s most recent match against Virginia Commonwealth University.

Although Blik has a losing record on the season, it is worth noting that three of her four losses came against nationally ranked opponents. When Penn State hosted Marshall in the fall season, Blik lost in straight sets to Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio).

Blik has performed well in her only two doubles matches this season since taking up doubles play in the team’s match against Columbia Feb. 20.

Blik has won both matches, each of which came with a different partner.

Against VCU, Blik was partnered with Katherine Whiteaway and the tandem won the tiebreaker to take the match 8-7 (7-1). Blik did not compete in doubles play during the fall meet with Marshall.

Brad Heltzel can be contacted at [email protected].