Date: Dec. 29, 2009
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,727
TIPPING IT OFF
The Red Wolves return from a week long layoff of action and return to the Convocation Center to face Central Baptist College. Tipoff at the Convo is set for 7:05 p.m.
Central Baptist is 8-4 on the season competing as an independent in the NCCAA Division 1. Ryan Barnes leads theMustangs with 23.1 ppg, while shooting 35-percent from beyond the three point arc. CJ?McCoy is the only other CBC player averaging in double-digits scoring 14.0 per contest. Mike Holder is pulling down 8.2 rebounds per game and averaging 1.9 blocks per game.
SERIES VERSUS MVSU
ASUis 2-0 against Central Baptist College in the two team's all-time series, including a 108-71 win over the Mustangs last season in Jonesboro. Then-sophomore Jeremy Thomas posted a double-double with 23 points and ten rebounds.
BRYANT, REED & ADAMS BREAK 100 PTS
ASU has had three players already break 100 points through 10 games this season. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant has provided a spark off the bench for the Red Wolves and through 10 games has nearly recorded all of his total points from a year ago. Bryant already has 142 points, a team high. Reed is just behind Bryant with 119 points already this season. Both Bryant and Reed are averaging in double-digits and both players broke the 100 point plateau against Missouri State, each scoring 16 pts. Sophomore forward Martavius Adams is also averaging in double-figures and scored his 100th point at MVSU.
BRADY APPROACHES 300th CAREER WIN
ASU head coach John Brady currently owns a 299-240 record just one win shy of his 300th career win. Brady is 18-22 at the helm of the Red Wolves program.
ASU downed UALR in its conference opener Sunday at the Convocation Center. It was the first win for ASU head coach John Brady past the instate rival UALR. ASU had four players score in double-digits led by Bryant (17), Brown (11), Adams (11) and Reed (10). ASU is 10-8 in Sun Belt Conference openers dating back to when the Red Wolves joined the league during the 1991-92 season. ASU is 4-1 in league openers over the past five years.
FOUR IN DOUBLE-DIGITS OVER?MVSU
ASU had four players score in double-figures at Mississippi Valley State. Bryant led the squad with 16 while, Adams added 14 and Finn (13) and Thomas (10) broke double-digits for the first time this season.
THOMAS FLIES HIGH
ASU junior Jeremy Thomas scored a season-high 10 points against Mississippi Valley State all of them were dunks.
Against MVSU the Red Wolves had three players that shot perfect from the field and two that were perfect from the line. Adams (6-6), Thomas (5-5) and Allison (4-4) were perfect from the floor while Finn (8-8) and Adams(2-2) were perfect form the charity stripe. As a team, ASU had its best shooting game of the season, connecting on 55.1-percent of its shots (27-49).
WINS vs. LOSSES
After 10 games ASU has had some trends develop. ASU is 5-0 when they are outrebounding opponents and 4-0 when leading with four minutes left in the final five minutes of the games. Conversely, ASU is 0-5 when being outrebounded and 0-5 when trailing in the final five minutes. ASU is 5-2 when having three-plus players scoring in double-digits and 5-2 when scoring over 60 points.
NATIONAL RANKINGS (as of 12/20/09)
ASU is ranked nationally in the top 50 in three-point field goal percentage defense and blocked shots per game. ASU sits 41st in three-point field goal percentage (28.8)?and 47th in blocked shots per game (5.0). Brandon Peterson is ranked 32nd in the nation in blocks per game 2.5 while Trey Finn ranks 54th in steals per game (2.3).