Date: Jan. 7, 2010
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,038
TIPPING IT OFF
Arkansas State returns home for a Sun Belt Conference matchup against Middle Tennessee State Thursday at the Convocation Center. Tipoff at the Convo is set for 7:05 p.m. This will be the last home game for the Red Wolves until Jan. 28th when ASU returns home to play Louisiana-Lafayette.
MTSU enters action on Thursday with a 7-7 record including a 2-0 mark in Sun Belt play with conference wins past ULL (68-68) and New Orleans (63-58). MTSU has won just one game (1-5) on the road, over UNO. Senior forward Desmond Yates, a preseason all-conference selection, leads the Blue Raiders scoring 15.1 ppg and 3.1 rebounds per game. Montarrio Haddock ranks second on the team with 12.8 ppg and leads the team rebounding 5.6 boards per contest. James Washington ranks third on the team with 12.3 ppg while also averaging 2.6 rebounds per game and leading the team in assists with 52. Kermit Davis is in his eighth season as head coach of the Blue Raiders with a 125-103 record.
SERIES VERSUS MIDDLE TENNESSEE
ASU is 10-13 all-time against the Blue Raiders dropping both contests in the series during last season. The Red Wolves last win in the series came during the 2006-07 season at MTSU winning 54-51. In their last meeting at the Convocation Center, during the 2007-08 season ASU pushed the Blue Raiders to OT but fell, 86-89.
BRYANT, REED & ADAMS BREAK 100 PTS
ASU has had three players already break 100 points through 14 games this season. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant has provided a spark off the bench for the Red Wolves and through 13 games has nearly recorded all of his total points from a year ago. Bryant already has 147 points. Reed leads the team in total points with 177 points already this season, averaging 12.6. 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. Adams has 154 total points and is averaging 11.0 ppg.
PETERSON HAS CAREER GAME AT LAMAR
Freshman Brandon Peterson had his best game in an ASU uniform at Lamar scoring 21 points in his second start for the Red Wolves. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Peterson is averaging 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game this season. Peterson ranks second in the league in blocks per game averaging 2.2 per contest.
SHORTHANDED RED WOLVES BEST UNT
Although only having eight players available to play, Arkansas State had some big performances from its starters to best North Texas improving their conference mark to 2-1. Freshman Brandon Reed led the team with 25 points while Martavius Adams and Rashad Alison each scored in double-digits with 16 and 12 points respectively.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
One of the bench marks of ASU head coach John Brady's teams during his career has been their abilities to defend and rebound the ball. These factors show in the conference standings. ASU leads the league in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to shooting just .278 from beyond the arc while also leading the league in defensive rebounds (26.9).
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams has been extremely efficient for ASU this season ranking sixth in the league in field goal percentage and leading ASU with a .569 mark. Adams scored 12 points in just 12 minutes of action against Central Baptist and was perfect from the floor at MVSU going 6-6. Adams is one of the most accurate shooters in the league ranking fourth in the conference in field goal percentage.