Arkansas St. looks to sweep La.-Lafeyette
Louisiana-Lafayette (18-12, 9-8) vs. Arkansas State (13-17, 7-10)
Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas State goes for the season sweep over Louisiana-Lafayette after winning the previous matchup in Lafayette. The teams last played each other on Jan. 3, when the Red Wolves outshot Louisiana-Lafayette 50 percent to 42.9 percent and hit five more 3-pointers on the way to an 11-point victory.
SAVVY VETERANS: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Ty Cockfield II, Grantham Gillard and Tristin Walley have combined to score 54 percent of Arkansas State’s points this season and 58 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Louisiana-Lafayette, Jakeenan Gant, Marcus Stroman and Jerekius Davis have combined to account for 49 percent of the team’s total scoring.
GIFTED GANT: Gant has connected on 35.2 percent of the 108 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 2 for 10 over the last three games. He’s also converted 80.3 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Arkansas State is 0-8 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 13-9 when it scores at least 65.
STREAK STATS: Arkansas State has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76 points while giving up 72.
DID YOU KNOW: The Louisiana-Lafayette offense has scored 81.8 points per game this season, ranking the Ragin’ Cajuns 22nd among Division I teams. The Arkansas State defense has allowed 77 points per game to opponents (ranked 280th overall).