ASU travels to Western Kentucky for SBC matchup

Date: Feb. 11, 2010

Location: Bowling Green, Ky.

Tipoff: 7 p.m. (CST)

Arena: E.A. Diddle Arena

Arena Capacity: 7,236



The Arkansas State men's basketball team will play its last of two road games when it travels to Bowling Green, Ky. to face the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky in Sun Belt Conference action. Tipoff at the E.A. Diddle Arena is set for 7 p.m.


Western Kentucky is hot off a 74-72 loss to Houston Tuesday night which pushed their overall record to 13-12 with a 6-6 Sun Belt mark. The Hilltoppers are 10-4 overall on the season with a 5-2 home mark in league action. AJ Slaughter leads WKU scoring 17.0 points per game leading four players in double-digit scoring. Steffon Pettigrew ranks second scoring 15.3 ppg followed by Sergio Krusch with 13.5 and Jeremy?Evans with 10.1 ppg. Evans also leads the team rebounding 7.4 per contest. WKU?has won two of its last four games, but prior to that stretch lost five in a row. As a team, the 'Toppers are outscoring opponents 69.5 to 68.2 for a +1.3 margin and are shooting 44.2% from the field. They are also averaging 34.6 rebounds while holding opponents to 32.9 per game. Ken McDonald is in his second season at the helm of the WKU?program owning a 38-21 career record.


ASU trails the all-time series 11-26 in the two teams series which goes back to the 1947-48 season. ASU's last win in Bowling Green was during the 1997-98 season when ASU captured a 71-49 win over WKU. ASU's last win in the series was during the 2006-07 season when the Red Wolves beat the Hilltoppers 76-75 at the Convocation Center then beak WKU?80-73 in the conference tournament in Lafayette, La.


Not only has Arkansas State freshman guard Brandon Reed been one of the keys to the Red Wolves success this season and one of the most productive freshman in the Sun Belt this season, but he is the third-most productive freshman in ASU's school history. With 340 points, Reed ranks behind only John Tate and Jerry Rook for most productive freshman in school history. Tate had 382 points his freshman year (1985-86) while Rook had 416 points as a freshman (1961-62). Reed ranks ninth in the conference in scoring in all games at 14.8 ppg and is averaging 17.4 in SBC?competition.


ASU had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore forward Martavius Adams at UALR who posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. Adams is the only player for ASU?this season to record more than one double-double. Reed also had 17 at UALR followed by Rashad Allison who had 14 and JeJuan Brown who had 12 points. Allison also recorded a career-high 8 rebounds. Adams followed up his performance with a 13 point and 13 rebound contest at New Orleans on Saturday, recording his third double-double.


Brandon Reed was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week after his performance against Denver and ULL last week. Reed scored a career-high 34 points in ASU's win over Denver Saturday night. Reed, who scored at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time this season against Denver, was responsible for the most points by an ASU player since Tevoris Thompson dropped in 41 against Lyon College on Dec. 7, 2002. Against Denver, Reed was 12-23 connecting on 52-percent of his shots from field, was 4-9 from three-point range and 6-7 from the charity stripe. Earlier in the week, Reed led ASU with 19 points past Louisiana-Lafayette. Reed has led ASU in scoring a team-high nine times this season, including breaking double-digits on 16 occasions. Over the two-game stretch Reed led ASU averaging 26.5 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game and broke the 300-point barrier against Denver.

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