A stiff challenge awaits the Arkansas State University men's basketball team (2-1 overall) this Monday (Nov. 18) evening as the Red Wolves face the Colorado Buffaloes (3-1 overall) at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. The contest, which starts at 8:02 p.m. (CT), will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
A-State will hope for better results after the Red Wolves fell 85-64 to Wyoming Saturday (Nov. 16) afternoon in a non-league encounter at Laramie, Wyo. Senior guard Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> and senior forward Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200> led the Red Wolves in scoring with a game-high 22 and 13 points, respectively.
• A-State trails 1-0 in the all-time series which started in the 1990-91 season.
• Colorado claimed an 81-75 home victory over the Red Wolves in a 1991 NIT contest (3/21/91) at Boulder, Colo.
• A-State has produced a 1-4 (.200 win pct.) record versus current Pac-12 member schools. The Red Wolves are 1-0 vs. Stanford, 0-1 vs. Oregon State and Colorado, and 0-2 against Utah.
• The Buffaloes are midst a three-game win streak with home victories over UT-Martin (91-65), Wyoming (63-58), and Jackson State (94-70). CU dropped its 2013-14 season opener, 72-60 to nationally-ranked Baylor (11/8) in Dallas, Texas.
• Colorado presently has four players averaging double figures in points thisseason, led by sophomore forward Josh Scott's 13.3 ppg. average. Junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie (12.3 ppg.), junior guard Askia Booker (11.3 ppg.) and sophomore forward Xavier Johnson (11.0 ppg.) are also among CU's scoring leaders. The four have combined to generate 58.4 % (180-308) of the Buffs' points production to date. In rebounding, Scott (8.8 rpg.), redshirt freshman forward Wesley Gordon (5.3 rpg.), and Dinwiddie (5.0 rpg.) have accounted for 50.3% (76-151) of the squad's output on the boards.
• The Buffaloes are presently listed among other teams receiving votes in thelatest (Nov. 11) Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 Polls. CU has 18 points in the AP Poll and 12 in the Coaches Poll.
• Colorado, which was 21-12 overall last season, was picked third in the 2013-14 Pac-12 Preseason Poll with 211 points and one first-place vote.
• Head coach Tad Boyle<http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=3897&SPID=257&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=204940904&Q_SEASON=2013>, who's the 18th head coach in CU history, presently ranks fifth among the school's all-time winningest coaches. Boyle is the first CU coach in 50 years to lead the Buffs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-12 & 2012-13) and the first ever to leadColorado to three straight post- season appearances (2010-11 NIT). Prior to CU, Boyle served as head coach at Northern Colorado (2006- 10) after spending 2000-06 as an associate head coach at Wichita State. He also had assistant coaching stints at Jacksonville State, Ala. (1998-00) and at Oregon (1994-97) along with being the Director of Basketball Operations at Tennessee (1997-98).
• The Red Wolves are 2-1 thru their first three games this season and hope to get off to another productive start like a season ago when A-State won four of its first five and six of its initial nine contests en route to a 19-12 overallrecord.
• A-State posted a 6-3 (.667) record in the 2012-13 season, which included 4-1 at home and 2-2 on the road.
• The Red Wolves are 48-49 (.495) overall to date since 2006-07, which included a season-high 8-4 non- league mark in the 2008-09 season – 5-0 at home and 3-4 on the road. • A-State has amassed a mark of 32-7 at home, 10-33 on the road, and 6-9 at neutral sites since 2006-07.
• A-State coach John Brady<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=204973072&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has registered a 36-34 (.514) record in non-conference games sincehis arrival in the 2008-09 campaign – 23-6 at home, 9-21 on the road, and 4-7 at neutral sites.
THE THREE BALL
• A-State is firing up an average of 24.7 three-point shot attempts in its initial three games this season and the Red Wolves have made 9.0 per contest from beyond the arc. Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has connected on a squad-high 12 triples in 22 attempts for a team-best 54.5 percentage, whichrepresents 44.4 percent (12-27) of A-State's treys made.
• The Red Wolves currently have three players – Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (16.7 ppg.), senior forward Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (14.3 ppg.), and sophomore guard Cameron Golden<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701608&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (12.0 ppg.) are averaging double digit points this season. The trio have accounted for 64.2 percent (129-201) of A-State's scoring this season to date. Johnson III and Van Slyke are midst their first and only seasons at Arkansas State.
NEARING 500-POINT MARK
• Senior guard Brandon Reed<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> is 12 points away from reaching the 500-point mark in his Arkansas State career and has accumulated 488 points in 34 contests to date. Reed is presently averaging an A-State career 14.4 points per game in 32.9 minutes per outing. For his collegiate career (Arkansas State & Georgia Tech), Reed has scored a combined 879 points in 95 appearances for a 9.3 points per game average to date. He was named the 2009-10 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Freshman of the Year and was an all-conference second-team selection.
2013-14 SUN BELT CONFERENCE COACHES POLL
• A-State was chosen to finish third place in the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference Coaches Preseason Poll<http://www.sunbeltsports.org/SPORTS/MensSports/MBasketball/Article/tabid/734/article/20484/Sun-Belt-Announces-Men-s-Basketball-Preseason-All-Conference-Team-Coaches-Poll.aspx?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=7200>, which was released Oct. 30 by the conference office. The Red Wolves totaled 74 points in voting conducted by the conference's 10 head coaches.
REED AND TOWNSEL EARN SBC PRESEASON RECOGNITION
• A pair of guards, Brandon Reed<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> and Ed Townsel<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> were named to the 2013-14 All Sun Belt Conference Preseason Team<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209294338&DB_OEM_ID=7200>. Reed received second-team accolades while Townsel attained third-team recognition.
2013-14 A-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION
• Individual single-game prices are $25 for lower level, $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings and ends, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more.
• Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Central Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS or by ordering online at www.astate.edu/tickets<http://www.astate.edu/tickets/?DB_OEM_ID=7200>. Ticket information for the 2013-14 season is also available on A-State Athletics' official website – [http://www.AStateRedWolves.com..
• A number of convenient and affordable mini-plan and group tickets are also available for purchase. Click on this link<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209302515&DB_OEM_ID=7200> for more information.