La.-Monroe seeks revenge on App State
Appalachian State (9-18, 4-10) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (14-12, 7-7)
Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Monroe, Louisiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana-Monroe seeks revenge on Appalachian State after dropping the first matchup in Boone. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 2, when the Mountaineers shot 56.4 percent from the field while limiting Louisiana-Monroe’s shooters to just 52.7 percent en route to a one-point victory.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: The electric Daishon Smith has averaged 22 points, 4.3 rebounds and four assists to lead the charge for the Warhawks. Travis Munnings is also a key contributor, putting up 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Mountaineers are led by Ronshad Shabazz, who is averaging 17.7 points.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Smith has either made or assisted on 51 percent of all Louisiana-Monroe field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 43 field goals and 27 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Appalachian State is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 76 points and 9-4 when scoring at least 76.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Warhawks have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Mountaineers. Louisiana-Monroe has an assist on 45 of 82 field goals (54.9 percent) across its previous three outings while Appalachian State has assists on 30 of 74 field goals (40.5 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Louisiana-Monroe has made 9.7 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among Sun Belt teams.