Date: Dec. 2, 2009
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: ASU Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,727
TIPPING IT OFF
Arkansas State wraps up its three-game home stand hosting the Rebels of Ole Miss Wednesday at the Convocation Center. Tipoff at the Convo is set for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night's game also marks the 300th men's basketball game to be hosted at the Convocation Center.
Ole Miss is a member of the Southeastern Conference and hold a 5-1 record through six games this season. The Rebels' lone loss has been against Villanova on Nov. 22 (67-79). Ole Miss is receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this past week (11/30) and owns wins past Arkansas-Little Rock (92-64), Alabama State (90-53), Indiana (89-71), Kansas State (86-74) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (73-58). Chris Warren leads the Rebels in scoring, averaging 17.8 per contest. Warren is shooting 47% from the field and 34% from three point range. Terrico White ranks second on the team averaging 17.0 ppg and leading the team in minutes played (31.0). Murphy Halloway leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game, while also scoring 14.0 ppg. Reginald Buckner has blocked 17 shots coming off the bench in all but one contest, he is also averaging 4.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds per game.
SERIES VERSUS OLE MISS
Ole Miss owns a 17-9 series advantage over Arkansas State in the two teams all-time series. Ole Miss beat the Red Wolves last season 65-52 in the season-opener.
300TH GAME AT CONVOCATION CENTER
ASU will play its 300th men's basketball game at the Convocation Center when they host Ole Miss Wednesday night. Construction on the Convocation Center was completed in 1987 and the arena houses 10,038 seats for basketball, as well as many of the athletics offices for Arkansas State. The first men's basketball game contested at the Convo was versus Memphis State on Dec. 5, 1987.
ASU has two players averaging in double-digit scoring and none of those players is a junior or older. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant leads the team averaging 16.4 ppg followed by freshman guard Brandon Reed who is averaging 13.4 ppg. Bryant ranks sixth in the conference in scoring average while Reed ranks 20th. Last season, ASU had one player averaging in double-figures (Boone, 13.6).
BACK TO BACK CAREER NIGHTS
ASU sophomore Daniel Bryant has provided a spark off the bench for the Red Wolves, leading the team in scoring averaging 16.4 points per appearance. Bryant had a pair of career games last week when he broke the 20 point barrier for the first time against UTM and set a new career high of 23 points against Indiana State during the next game.
FINN LEADS TEAM
At 6-2, freshman guard, Trey Finn is leading the team in rebounding average, pulling down 7.0 per contest. Finn's average ranks fifth in the conference.
ASU has gotten lots of production from its reserves this season, especially from sophomore Daniel Bryant who leads the team in scoring. Freshman Brandon Peterson also leads the team in blocked shots (14) and ranks second in rebounding while scoring 8.2 ppg. ASU's bench has scored in double-digits each game highlighted by 62 and 33 pt performances against MacMurray and Indiana State, respectively.
As a team ASU has averaged 5.4 blocks per game. Freshman Brandon Peterson ranks second in the league with 14 blocks through five games, collecting five against MacMurray. Peterson has had multiple blocks all but one game, including four against UTM.
SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams leads the team shooting 53-percent from the field connecting on 20-38 shots. Senior JeJuan Brown is leading the team shooting 77-percent from the free-throw line, connecting of 10-14 shots 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.
The Red Wolves have continued their reputation of strong defense holding their first five opponents to shooting just 41% from the field (116-280) and shooting only 24% from three point range (14-58), which is the best in the conference. ASU has also forced opponents into 76 turnovers and recorded 38 steals. Against SEMO, ASU held the Redhawks to 14% from the three-point line and allowed only one of the opponents players to score in double-figures (10). Versus Tennessee-Martin The Red Wolves held the Skyhawks to shooting only 8.3-percent from the three-point line (1-12).
SCORING IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Through five games so far this season ASU has had eight players score in double-figures. Bryant (18), Peterson (13), Reed (12), Sterrenberg (11) and Lance (10) scored in double digits against MacMurray. Reed then duplicated his performance and then some scoring 17 to lead the Red Wolves against SEMO. Brown (11) and Adams (10) also had double-digit performances at SEMO. Adams led ASU against UTEP scoring 14 while Bryant came up big again with 12. Bryant (20), Reed (19) and Peterson (11), then scored double-digits against UTM. Bryant and Reed put up double figures again against Indiana State and were joined by Allison who put up a career-high 11 pts, for ASU.
FINN TOUGH IN DEBUT
Arkansas State redshirt freshman Trey Finn had to miss his first collegiate game due to an injury, but that didn't stop him from coming out strong in his first career start at SEMO. Finn nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, while recording four steals and a block.
ALLISON AT THE LINE
Junior point guard Rashad Allison posted a career-high nine points against SEMO, all of which came from the free throw line. Allison went to the line a game-high 12 times, connecting on nine of those shots from the charity stripe.
STEALING THE ROCK
Arkansas State continued its trend from last season for picking the opponents pockets. ASU has already recorded 38 steals through five games. Finn leads the team with nine while Bryant has seven, ranking second.
ASU AT THE CONVOCATION CENTER
Over the 22 years that ASU has competed in the ASU Convocation Center, the Red Wolves have compiled a 214-85 record (.720). Arkansas State has gone undefeated twice during a single season at the Convocation Center; they were a perfect 14-0 in 1988-89 and went 13-0 in 1990-91.