Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Western Kentucky: Full Game Preview
|LA Lafayette||S Long 15.7||S Long 9.8||E Payton 5.3|
|Western Kentucky||T Price 14.7||B Harris 6.3||J Crook 4.5|
On Thursday, Western Kentucky welcomes Louisiana at E.A. Diddle Arena. It gets started at 8:00 EST and it can be seen on HSSN, ESPN3, ESPN FC. The Hilltoppers are 3-2 against the Ragin Cajuns over the last four years. They lost 72-70 the last time they played (1/5/2012).
Louisiana is in 7th place in the conference and just behind 6th place Western Kentucky with a chance to catch up.
In spite of 20 points from T.J. Price, the Hilltoppers came up short 65-62 against Florida Atlantic on January 12th. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 14.7 points per contest. For the Ragin Cajuns, Shawn Long finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds in the 61-56 win over Arkansas State on January 12th. He puts up a team-leading 15.7 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 2.0 blocks per game.
- Jamal Crook is ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in points, 3rd in the Sun Belt in assists, and 6th in the Sun Belt in steals.
- We just win. Western Kentucky has more wins over the last 5 years than Louisiana (117 vs 74).
- Western Kentucky is better at defending the three (31.5% allowed vs 35.9% allowed) than Louisiana this season.
- Western Kentucky takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Louisiana (4 vs 2).
- Western Kentucky allows fewer rebounds (32.9 allowed per game vs 39.0 allowed per game) than Louisiana this season.
- Western Kentucky is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Western Kentucky is 199 lbs compared to 190 lbs for Louisiana.
- Western Kentucky players are more experienced than Louisiana players (10,054 minutes played vs 5,962 minutes played).
- Western Kentucky has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.644 to 0.477).
- Even computers respect Western Kentucky more. We have a better RPI this season than Louisiana (RPI: #84 vs #220).
- Teeng Akol is ranked 5th in the Sun Belt in blocks.
- The Western Kentucky three-point leader (T.J. Price) has more three-pointers than the Louisiana three-point leader (Bryant Mbamalu).