Arkansas-Little Rock (11-13) at Louisiana (14-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 9th, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cajundome (12,068) -- Lafayette, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: Arkansas-Little Rock 7-5, Louisiana 9-2. Away Record: Arkansas-Little Rock 4-7, Louisiana 4-8. Neutral Record: Arkansas-Little Rock 0-1, Louisiana 1-1. Conference Record: Arkansas-Little Rock 8-2, Louisiana 8-3. Series Record: Arkansas-Little Rock leads 21-15..
GAMES NOTES: Two of the hottest team in the Sun Belt Conference will meet up when Arkansas-Little Rock travels to the Cajundome to take on Louisiana.
Arkansas-Little Rock holds the all-time series advantage with a 21-15 mark against Louisiana. However when the teams met earlier this season it was the Ragin' Cajuns who took the victory, posting a 68-49 win in Little Rock. The teams split the season series a year ago.
Since the loss to Louisiana, the Trojans have won three of their last four contests as well as eight of the last 11. The run of success has put Arkansas- Little Rock at the top of the Sun Belt West Division. Arkansas-Little Rock will play East Division leading Middle Tennessee in its next outing.
Louisiana has also been riding a hot streak as winners of four straight and six of the last seven. The Ragin' Cajuns are now 8-3 in conference play which puts them just a half game back from Arkansas-Little Rock in the Sun Belt West Division. Louisiana will continue at home by welcoming in Arkansas State after facing Arkansas-Little Rock.
Arkansas-Little Rock took down ULM 70-66 to wrap up a three-game homestand in its most recent matchup. The Trojans led 33-28 at the half and led by as many as 11 in the second half on their way to the win. The Trojans outscored the Warhawks 32-15 from the free throw line in the game as well.
On the season Arkansas-Little Rock has been a poor offensive squad scoring only 62.4 points per game while shooting just 40.3 percent from the floor and dishing out 10.8 assists per game as a team. Senior guard D'Andre Williams is the leading scorer and distributor for the Trojans netting 12.0 points and handing out 4.1 assists per game. Williams had one of his best games of the season against ULM scoring 21 points and adding six rebounds and four assists. Williams has scored in double figures in four straight games after slumping in a two-game stretch in which he shot just 5-of-19 from the floor and scored 5.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Chuck Guy (10.3 ppg) is second on the team in scoring and dropped in 14 against Louisiana to bounce back from a scoreless performance in the previous game. Forwards Will Neighbour (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Courtney Jackson (7.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg) both anchor the frontline for the Trojans while Michael Javes (4.0 rpg) is a solid rebounder off the bench.
The Ragin' Cajuns found themselves on the road last time out and managed to post an 83-78 victory against Troy in the contest. Arkansas-Little Rock went on an 11-2 run mid-way through the first half taking a lead the Trojans would not relinquish the rest of the way. The Trojans benefited from a career night from Bryant Mbamalu, who poured in 27 points in the game.
Offense has not been as much of an issue for Louisiana as it has been for Arkansas-Little Rock. The Ragin' Cajuns are scoring at a 70.3 points per game clip while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor which is the third best mark in the conference. Louisiana is also a solid rebounding squad bringing down 38.5 boards per game which is good enough for second in the Sun Belt. Despite its offensive prowess, Louisiana does not have a dominant scorer with Josh Brown the only player averaging in double figures at 11.1 per game. Brown (6.7 rpg) is also the leading rebounder and posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Troy. It was Brown's second straight double-double and third overall this season. Junior forward Kadeem Coleby is the closest Ragin' Cajun other than Brown to averaging in double figures putting in 9.9 ppg. Senior forward Darshawn McClellan (9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) adds further depth to the frontline.
Louisiana is a strong frontcourt team that plays well at home. The Ragin' Cajuns are 9-2 this season at the Cajundome and should yet again triumph over Arkansas-Little Rock.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana 73, Arkansas-Little Rock 66
02/09 10:40:31 ET