SLU, Central Ark. meet in conference play
Southeastern Louisiana (6-14, 3-6) vs. Central Arkansas (5-15, 4-5)
Farris Center, Conway, Arkansas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas plays host to Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland matchup. Each team last played on Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana needed overtime to win 84-81 at Northwestern State, while Central Arkansas fell to Abilene Christian at home in overtime, 70-69.
FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer, Byron Smith and Nick Caldwell have combined to score 43 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 42 percent of all Lions scoring over the last five games.
STEPPING IT UP: The Bears have scored 81 points per game and allowed 80.3 points per game against Southland opponents. Those are both significant improvements over the 63.6 points scored and 94.8 points given up per game to non-conference opponents.TERRIFIC TY: Brewer has connected on 36.2 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also made 65.6 percent of his free throws this season.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bears have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Lions. Central Arkansas has 41 assists on 76 field goals (53.9 percent) over its previous three contests while Southeastern Louisiana has assists on 33 of 68 field goals (48.5 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Southeastern Louisiana defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.1 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Lions 22nd among Division I teams. Central Arkansas has turned the ball over on 23.5 percent of its possessions (ranking the Bears 343rd, nationally).