The Little Rock Trojans (18-9, 12-4 SBC) will travel to First National Bank Arena to clash with the Arkansas State Red Wolves (15-13, 7-10 SBC) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Little Rock Trojans at Arkansas State Red Wolves Free Preview
In the Trojans’ last matchup, they were beaten by the UT Arlington Mavericks, 76-65. Little Rock’s Ruot Monyyong had 10 points and nine rebounds in the contest. UT Arlington had a much better turnover percentage (13.1 vs. 21.0). Little Rock, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.463 vs. 0.451).
The Red Wolves are trying to rebound after their 66-52 loss to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in their last matchup. Marquis Eaton led Arkansas State in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Louisiana-Monroe had an effective field goal percentage of 0.556 (above their season average of 0.480). Arkansas State, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.185 vs. 0.111).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Trojans won 90-87. The Trojans played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.517 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.1. For those same stats, the Red Wolves recorded marks of 0.321 and 25.8, respectively. In the loss, Eaton led all scorers with 25 points.
The aggressive Arkansas State offense might be getting to the free throw line a lot in this matchup. The Red Wolves rank first in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.349, while Little Rock ranks 200th in FTA rate allowed (0.229).
Little Rock vs. Arkansas State Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Arkansas State, ATS Winner – Arkansas State, O/U – Over
The Trojans rank 20th in rebounds allowed per game (30.9) while the Red Wolves rank 104th (33.7).
Arkansas State averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 103rd in the country. Little Rock ranks 156th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Arkansas State ranks 41st in three pointers allowed per game (18.8) while Little Rock ranks 176th (22.4).
The Trojans rank 64th in assists per game (14.5) while the Red Wolves rank 195th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Arkansas State ranks third in blocks allowed per game (2.0) while Little Rock ranks 93rd (3.2).
The Red Wolves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.6, up from 1.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 82.0 points per game (9.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.4 points per game (11.8 above their season average).