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FIU vying for first 20-win season entering C-USA tournament

No. 7 seed Panthers to face No. 10 seed North Texas in first round

Florida International head coach Jeremy Ballard speaks to his team on the sideline against Florida Atlantic, Feb. 23, 2019, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Kathy Hitchcock)

MIAMI – It's been a successful first season for Florida International head coach Jeremy Ballard and the Panthers.

The Panthers finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since the 2012-13 season and have a winning record in Conference USA play for the first time since joining the league in 2013.

They'll be vying for their first 20-win season in school history in the upcoming C-USA tournament.

FIU (19-12, 10-8 C-USA), which has won five of its last six games, earned a No. 7 seed and will face No. 10 seed North Texas (20-10, 8-9) in a first-round game Wednesday night. The winner will face No. 2 seed Western Kentucky (18-13, 11-7).

The Panthers have beaten North Texas twice in the last month -- a 69-59 win in Miami on Feb. 16 and 73-58 Saturday in the regular-season finale. The Mean Green enter the tournament on a seven-game losing streak.

FIU hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 1995.


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