Date: Jan. 28, 2010
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,038
TIPPING IT OFF
After going 3-1 on their four-game SBC roadtrip The Red Wolves return to the Convocation for a pair of games. First up for ASU is Louisiana-Lafayette set for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. ASU then hosts Denver in the second-half of a split double-header at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
The Arkansas State Athletics Department has announced it will honor military, police, fire and medical personnel on "Heroes Night" Thursday night. Members of the ASU ROTC will repel down to courtside prior to the 7:05 p.m. tip-off, and during the game, sponsored by Southern Home Health Care, all the heroes of our society will be asked to stand and be recognized. The heroes in uniform or with their service ID will be admitted to the game free, and their guests and family will receive $5 admission.
ULL stands at 8-11 with a 5-3 record in league play. The Ragin' Cajuns hold a 2-7 away record and a 0-3 record in away conference games. ULL holds league wins over FAU (81-74), N. Texas (74-72), Denver (55-49), UNO (70-53) and Troy (69-54) and is currently on a two-game winning streak. ULL is led by three players averaging in double-digits led by forward Tyren Johnson who is scoring 16.1 ppg and pulling down 8.3 rebounds per game, also a league high. Chris Gradingo ranks second on the team with 15.0 ppg and Randell Daigle ranks third with 11.7 ppg.
SERIES VERSUS LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
ASU trails the all-time series against the Ragin' Cajuns 21-38 which dates back to the 1963-64 season. In the two teams last meeting, ULL took the contest 50-54 in the Cajundome. Donald Boone led the Red Wolves in the contest with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
FINISHING UP AT HOME
ASU has 10 games remaining on its schedule and six of those last 10 games will be played at the Convocation Center including the final three games of the season.
ON THE ROAD
During their last four-game SBC roadtrip the Red Wolves won three straight conference games for the first time since the 1997-98 season. ASU is 4-5 on the road this season and holds a 3-2 SBC record in games on the road.
ALLISON DEALING THE ROCK
ASU junior Rashad Allison has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.9 in all games this season ranking third in the SBC. In conference only games Allison has a 1.9 assist/turnover ratio, ranking sixth. Allison also ranks eighth in the conference and leads ASU with 71 assists.
LEADING THE CONFERENCE
ASU is leading the conference in all games in scoring margin (+3.3), 3-PT field goal percent defense (.277), rebounding offense (38.4) and defensive rebounds (26.6). In conference only games, ASU leads in Field goal % defense (.399), 3-PT field goal percent defense (.267), rebounding offense (37.1) and defensive rebounds (26.0). Freshman guard Trey Finn ranks first in defensive rebounds (6.8) in conference only games.
ASU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Red Wolves not only lead the Sun Belt in three-point field goal percentage but has cracked the top 10 in the nation at the No. 6 spot. ASU is holding opponents to shooting just 27.7 from beyond the three-point arc. Freshman forward Brandon Peterson is ranked 56th nationally in blocks per game at 2.1 and the Red Wolves are also ranked 63rd in the country in blocks per game at 4.6.