Arkansas St., S. Alabama meet in Sun Belt tourney
No. 9 seed Arkansas State (13-18, 7-11) vs. No. 8 seed South Alabama (15-16, 8-10)
Sun Belt Conference Tourney First Round, Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas State and South Alabama are prepared to face off in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Feb. 7, when the Jaguars shot 48.9 percent from the field while holding Arkansas State to just 35.2 percent en route to the 70-62 victory.
SAVVY VETERANS: Each team has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Trhae Mitchell, Josh Ajayi, Rodrick Sikes and Kory Holden have collectively accounted for 67 percent of South Alabama’s scoring this season. For Arkansas State, Ty Cockfield II, Grantham Gillard and Tristin Walley have combined to score 54 percent of the team’s points this season, including 77 percent of all Red Wolves points over their last five.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: Cockfield has been directly responsible for 50 percent of all Arkansas State field goals over the last three games. Cockfield has 30 field goals and 10 assists in those games.
SIGNIFICANCE OF 65: South Alabama is 0-8 when its offense scores 65 points or fewer. Arkansas State is a perfect 5-0 when it holds opponents to 65 or fewer points.
PERFECT WHEN: The Jaguars are 8-0 when they hold opposing teams to 63 points or fewer and 7-16 when opponents exceed 63 points. The Red Wolves are 5-0 when they hold opponents to 65 points or fewer and 8-18 whenever opponents exceed 65 points.
DID YOU KNOW: Arkansas State has attempted the second-most free throws among all Sun Belt teams. The Red Wolves have averaged 22.8 free throws per game.