Date: Nov. 29, 2009
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 2:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: ASU Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,727
TIPPING IT OFF
The Red Wolves continue action at home with their second of a three-game homestand when they battle the Sycamores of Indiana State. Tipoff against ISU is set for 2:05 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Indiana State is an NCAA Division I opponent who competes in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores stand at 4-2 this season including wins past Sun Belt competition WKU (64-63) in their last outing. ISU's only losses have come at the hands of LSU (45-56) and Colorado State (60-65). ISU has two players averaging in double-figure scoring led by Dwayne Lathan, who is averaging 14.6 ppg and lead's the team in rebounding pulling down 5.2 rpg, while Jake Kelly who is averaging 10.7 ppg.
SERIES VERSUS INDIANA STATE
The Red Wolves trail the all-time series against the Sycamores, 1-2. ASU and ISU renewed their series last season, which dates back to the 1947-48 season. The Red Wolves took the game last season, 56-54 marking the team's first win in the series. Then junior Donald Boone was the only ASU player to score in double figures, putting in 26 for the Red Wolves.
THREE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
ASU has three players averaging in double-digit scoring and none of those players is a junior or older. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant leads the team averaging 14.8 ppg followed by freshman guard Brandon Reed who is averaging 14.0 ppg. Sophomore forward/center Martavius Adams is averaging 10.0 ppg while pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game, heleads the team shooting 55-percent from the field. Last season, ASU had one player averaging in double-figures (Boone, 13.6).
As a team ASU has averaged 6.3 blocks per game. Freshman Brandon Peterson leads the league with 14 blocks through four games, collecting five against MacMurray. Peterson has had multiple blocks in every game including four against UTM.
SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams leads the team shooting 55-percent from the field connecting on 17-31 shots. Junior Justin Butler is leading the team shooting 86-percent from the free throw line connecting on 7 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Senior forward JeJuan Brown had one of the best performances he has turned in since coming to ASU against SEMO. Brown recorded the first double-double of his career with 11 pts and 13 rebounds, a career-high.
Only two of ASU's opponents have managed to break the 50-point barrier this season. UTEP was the first team to surpass that mark when they put up 82 against ASU last Saturday. Arnette Moultrie was also the first single player able to score over 20 on the Red Wolves when he posted 23 in the contest. ASU is holding opponents to just 59.3 points per game while holding them to shooting 39-percent from the floor. UTM followed up in the next game scoring 66 against ASU.
IN THE SUN BELT
ASU is at the top or near the top of several statistical categories in the league through three games. The Red Wolves lead the league in three-point field goal percent defense (.188), blocked shots per game (5.7), assists per game (14.7) and defensive rebound percentage (.786). ASU ranks second in scoring defense (59.3), scoring margin (+14.7), rebounding defense (32.7) and rebounding margin (+10.3). ASU ranks third in offensive (13.7) and defensive (29.3) rebounding.
The Red Wolves also have some individual players at or near the top of the league statistically. Freshman Brandon Peterson ranks first in blocks per game (3.3) while ranking fourth in overall rebounding average (7.7), seventh in defensive rebounding (5.0) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.7). Junior point guard Rashad Allison ranks sixth with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio, while ranking eighth in assists per game (3.7). Senior JeJuan Brown is also one of the top-10 rebounders in the league ranking fourth in defensive rebounds a game (5.7) and ninth overall at in rebounding average (7.0).