From the Sun Belt Conference
Arkansas State Red Wolves
ASU sports a 5-5 record in its last 10 regular-season openers dating back to the 2002-03 season. The Red Wolves have dropped their last two encounters to date, which includes a 65-62 setback at Lamar last season (11/11). A-State started the 10-year span by winning its first four season-opening contests before dropping three straight. This Saturday's (11/10) opener at Dayton will represent the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Red Wolves return five of their top six scoring leaders from the 2011-12 squad, including senior guard Marcus Hooten (12.5 ppg.). The five, which features four starters, accounted for 68.7% (1,510- 2,198 pts.) of A-State's scoring production a season ago.
Trey Finn (61), Ed Townsel (46), and Marcus Hooten (42), ASU's top 2011-12 three-point field goal goal shooters, combined to register 84.7% (149-176) of the Red Wolves' points output from beyond the arc last season. The backcourt trio remains intact for the upcoming 2012-13 campaign.
A-State registered an 11-5 record last season in contests which the Red Wolves scored 65 points or more. Conversely, ASU notched a 4-14 ledger in games which the opposition netted at least 65 points.