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ASU hosts New Orleans tonight

Date: Feb. 25, 2010

Location: Jonesboro, Ark.

Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)

Arena: Convocation Center

Arena Capacity: 10,038

Webcast: AStateRedWolves.com

TIPPING IT OFF

The Red Wolves enter the final week of regular-season action playing New Orleans Thursday at the ASU Convocation Center. ASU has their final two regular-season games of the season at the Convocation Center before heading off to Hot Springs for the Sun Belt tournament. The Red Wolves will square off against UNO at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.

THE OPPONENT

UNO sits at 8-19 overall this season with a 3-13 record in league action, which places them in sixth place in the SBC West Division. Billy Humphrey leads UNO with a 17.2 ppg average, although only playing in 14 games and starting in 11. Charles Carmouche has played in 26 games starting in 25 and leads UNO with 328 points scoring 12.6 ppg. Carmouche also leads the Privateers with 127 rebounds averaging 4.9 boards per game. Humphrey and Carmouche are the only Privateers averaging in double-digits. Carmouche also leads the team in steals (38) while Carl Blair leads the squad with 94 assists. Joe Pasternack is in his third year at the helm of the UNO Privateers owning a career mark of 38-51.

SERIES VERSUS NEW ORLEANS

ASU owns a 17-26 mark against the Privateers in the two squads' all-time series which dates back to the 1987-88 season. The Red Wolves split the series against UNO last season winning at the Convo 71-56 on Jan. 3, 2009 but dropped the game at the Lakefront Arena 63-73 on Feb. 19, 2009. ASU has won four of the last six games in the series, including taking a 66-52 win over the Privateers on Feb. 6 of this year.

LAST TIME VERSUS UNO

Freshman forward Brandon Peterson was perfect from the floor for the Arkansas State basketball team going 8-8 for 16 points. Peterson led the Red Wolves in their 66-52 Sun Belt Conference win over New Orleans Feb. 6 at the Lakefront Arena.

The win pushed ASU to 14-9 and 9-3 in Sun Belt. The win was the first for the Red Wolves in New Orleans since the 1999 season. The Privateers dropped to 7-17 with a 2-11 league mark.

Sophomore forward Martavius Adams recorded his second-straight and third-career double-double scoring 13 points with 13 rebounds, leading ASU on the boards. Rashad Allison matched Adams output from the field with 13, while recording 13 assists. Allison also had six assists.

A dunk by Peterson at the 16:49 mark of the game put ASU on top 6-5, giving the Red Wolves their first lead of the contest. In the first half the lead changed 11 times.

Adams put ASU up 22-21 on a layup with 4:33 remaining in the first half, giving The Red Wolves a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.

The Red Wolves stretched their first half lead out to eight when Adams connected on a jumper with 12 seconds remaining in the half, going into the locker room up 36-28.

ASU stretched their lead out to 11 when Adams hit a jumper from the baseline at 16:31 of the second half. Freshman guard Trey Finn put ASU up by 11 again on the Red Wolves next possession hitting a three.

UNO managed to cut ASU's lead to three when Johann Mpondo layed the ball in with about 10-minutes remaining in the contest. Carl Blair got it back to a three-point ASU lead when he hit a pair of free-throws less than a minute later. ASU held the Privateers to just seven points in the final 10-minutes of action getting back to double-digits when Finn converted a fast break dunk off a Brandon Reed steal. Jeremy Thomas and Allison hit free throws down the stretch in the final minute to give ASU its final 14 point lead.

Reed recorded only three points but had six assists and a team-high three steals.

Blair led all players with 23 points and was the only Privateer player in double-digits.

ASU shot 53.3% from the floor on 24-45 shooting and held UNO to just 32% (18-56). The Red Wolves outscored UNO 27-20 in the paint with each team pulling down 34 rebounds.

YOUNG PACK

With Arkansas State starting three freshman, a sophomore and a junior college transfer and some of the first reserves coming off the bench being a freshman and sophomore, ASU is one of the youngest teams in the NCAA. In fact, ASU is the third least experienced team in the nation according to KenPom.com.

REED - ONE OF TOP FRESHMAN IN SCHOOL HISTORY

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 411 points, Reed ranks behind only Jerry Rook for most productive freshman in school history. Rook had 416 points as a freshman (1961-62). Reed is averaging 15.2 points per game in all-games and is scoring 17.5 in Sun Belt only games. Reed also ranks second on the team with 62 assists and second with 20 steals. Reed scored 30 points against WKU, becoming the only player in the SBC this season to score 30 or more in multiple league games.

RECORD WATCH

Freshman forward Brandon Peterson recorded a career-high five blocks against WKU, recoding his 53rd block which moved him into seventh place on the single-season chart. Peterson needs five more blocks to move into a tie for sixth on the chart with Eric McKinney who had 58 last season. . Jason Jennings set the single-season block record during the 2000-01 season with 102 swats.

PULLING IT DOWN

Sophomore forward Martavius Adams continues to be one of the most dominant big men in the league, which he showcased at ULL on Thursday recording a career-high 16 rebounds and leading the team with nine points. Adams leads the team on the season with 190 rebounds and ranks second with 290 points. Adams ranks fifth in the league averaging 7.3 rebounds per game.

FINISHING AT HOME

ASU is in the final weekend of their regular season with two games remaining on the schedule. ASU hosts UNO and Troy at the Convocation Center. ASU holds a 18-30 combined record against those two schools in the teams' all-time series. ASU has yet to play Troy but beat UNO 66-52 earlier this season.

SEASON HIGH CROWD

ASU had a season-high crowd of 6,059 fans in attendance at their game versus WKU at the Convo last Saturday. The game was the first overtime contest of the season for ASU.

TOURNAMENT PICTURE

Things are still very much up in the air as the Sun Belt Conference enters its final week of action before the SBC tournament descends on Hot Springs, Ark. March 6-9. Three teams are tied at the top of the league with Troy and MTSU atop the East Division at 11-5 and N. Texas atop the West Division at 11-5. Four teams own 10-6 conference marks including ASU and ULL on the West side and WKU and FAU on the East side. If action started today, MTSU, Troy and UNT will be the top three seeds while ULL, ASU, FAU and WKU will be seeded 4-7, depending on how the tiebreakers fall.

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