South Alabama (6-10) at Arkansas State (9-5)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (10,475) -- Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Television: SunBelt Network. Home Record: South Alabama 6-3, Arkansas State
4-2. Away Record: South Alabama 0-5, Arkansas State 5-3. Neutral Record: South
Alabama 0-2, Arkansas State 0-0. Conference Record: South Alabama 0-3,
Arkansas State 2-1. Series Record: Arkansas State leads, 19-17.
GAME NOTES: South Alabama travels to Arkansas State on Saturday looking for
its first Sun Belt Conference win of the season.
South Alabama looked poised to get in the win column on Thursday against
Arkansas-Little Rock but ultimately fell, 65-60, after going ice cold in the
second half. The Jaguars jumped out to a 40-31 halftime lead behind seven 3-
pointers, but made just 19.4 percent of their shots after the break. Arkansas-
Little Rock wound up winning the second half, 34-20, and making enough free
throws down the stretch to send South Alabama to a fifth straight loss.
Augustine Rubit logged a double-double on 22 points and 13 rebounds for the
Jaguars, while Antoine Allen added 13 points in the setback, which dropped the
Jaguars to 0-5 in true road tests. Rubit has been a monster inside with seven
double-doubles on the season, while averaging 16.8 points and 10.0 boards per
game. His 49 double-doubles in his career ranks first among active Division I
Allen ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.3 ppg, while Mychal Ammons is
nearly cracking double figures at 9.9 ppg. As a team though, the Jaguars are
making just 39.3 percent of their shots, while opponents on connecting on 42.0
percent from the floor.
Arkansas State has a quick turnaround as well and is coming off a Thursday
loss, falling to Troy, 98-84, at home. It was the most points given up by
Arkansas State this season, negating terrific efforts from Kirk Van Slyke,
Brandon Reed and Melvin Johnson III. Van Slyke poured in 27 points, Reed added
23 points and Johnson 17, as that trio is averaging double digits for the
season. Val Slyke leads the team in scoring (17.0) and in blocks (23).
The Red Wolves, who had won four in a row coming in, allowed Troy to make 14
3-pointers and shoot 55.2 percent from the floor. It was a stark contrast to
what Arkansas State had done on the defensive end coming into the game, as
teams were making just 31.9 percent from behind the arc.
Arkansas State swept the season series from South Alabama last year, and since
the Red Wolves are averaging nearly 11 more points per game (78.4-67.7), they
should take the first meeting this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas State 80, South Alabama 66
01/11 10:35:55 ET
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