From the Sun Belt Conference
* FIU at Arkansas State - 7:05 PM
* Arkansas State at UL-Lafayette - 7:15 PM
* Arkansas State 66, Middle Tennessee 60 (OT)
* Arkansas State 75, Western Kentucky 61 (HSSN/ESPN3)
Coming off its second consecutive unbeaten weekend, Arkansas State has claimed the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference West Division standings and has won four in a row.
The Red Wolves (10-5, 4-2 SBC) first survived a 66-60 overtime thriller against Middle Tennessee (12-4, 4-1 SBC) on Thursday and then knocked off WKU (10-7, 4-2 SBC) 75-61 on Saturday. ASU improved to 7-1 at the Convocation Center this season and five of the seven wins have been decided by 10 points or more.
Senior forward Brandon Peterson has played a big role for the Red Wolves in the winning streak as he has poured in at least 14 points in all of the last three contests. He also ranks second in the SBC grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game.
Junior Ed Townsel leads the team and ranks third in the SBC averaging 16.3 points per game.
ASU will play its third consecutive home game on Thursday against FIU (6-7, 2-3 SBC) at 7:05 p.m. before hitting the road on Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff at Louisiana-Lafayette (6-11, 2-4 SBC).
Junior guard Ed Townsel is averaging a team-best 18.5 points per game during the Red Wolves' current four-game winning streak. Townsel, who has accumulated a combined squad-most 74 points in the four outings, totaled a career single-game high 31 points against Louisiana-Lafayette (12/27) to surpass his 27 points set earlier this season (11/25) versus Lamar.
Senior guard Trey Finn is 38 points away from recording his 1,000th career point while senior forward Brandon Peterson needs 53 more points to reach the milestone. Finn has currently amassed 962 career points in 105 contests and Peterson has racked up 947 points in 111 career outings. Finn is also 51 points shy of tying Jabari Myles (1994-98; 1,013 career points) for 23rd place on ASU's all-time points leaders list.
Arkansas State currently sports a 7-1 home record this season as the Red Wolves are averaging 74.1 points per game (593 pts.) while holding their opponent to 59.9 points a contest (479 pts.) for a 14.3 points an outing differential. Five of ASU's eight home encounters to date have been decided by at least 10 points or more. Ed Townsel (18.1 ppg.), Brandon Peterson (12.1 ppg.), and Raeford Worsham (10.1 ppg.) have combined for 54.5% (323-593) of the team's scoring production at home this campaign.
ASU has held the opposition to 61.3 points a game (245 pts.) during its present four-game winning streak while tallying 72.8 points per contest (291). The Red Wolves have shot 42.8% (95-222) in those four encounters while their opponent has been limited to 36.6% (87-238) shooting from the floor.
The Red Wolves have compiled a 29-24 record (.547 win pct.) in January contests dating back to the 2006-07 season, which includes a 22-6 home ledger. ASU has posted a current 2-0 mark in January matchups this campaign after registering a 2-6 overall mark in such encounters a season ago, including 2-3 at home.
Brandon Peterson is 25 rebounds away from moving into a ninth-place tie with Mike Burk (1964-68; 775 career rebs.) for ninth place among ASU's all-time leaders. Peterson, who has hauled down a team-high 145 rebounds this season in 15 games, presently has amassed 730 career boards for a 6.6 average in 111 contests.