LA Lafayette vs. South Alabama: Full Game Preview

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LA Lafayette vs. South Alabama: Full Game Preview
LA Lafayette
(9-16, 1-12 away)
South Alabama
(14-9, 8-5 home)
Venue: Mitchell Center
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
LA Lafayette S Long 15.8 S Long 10.5 E Payton 5.3
South Alabama A Rubit 19.0 A Rubit 10.6 D Conner 2.5

South Alabama hosts Louisiana at Mitchell Center on Thursday. The game tips off at 8:05 p.m. EST. The Jaguars beat the Ragin Cajuns 91-89 on Jan. 10 and are 3-2 against them over the last four years.

Louisiana is in eigth place in the conference and South Alabama is in second place.

The Jaguars got past Florida Atlantic 72-71 on Feb. 9 with the help of 18 points and 5 rebounds from Augustine Rubit. On top of his scoring average of 19 points per game, he delivers 10.6 rebounds per game. In a 90-66 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 10, Bryant Mbamalu put up 24 points for the Ragin Cajuns. He contributes 3.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 14.8 points per game.

Louisiana StatSmack

  • South Alabama players are more experienced than Louisiana players (12,233 minutes played vs. 8,012 minutes played).
  • South Alabama has a better record in close games than Louisiana this season (8-3 vs. 2-8).
  • South Alabama has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (55.2 percent to 42.5 percent).
  • The South Alabama basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Louisiana (63 percent vs. 44 percent).
  • South Alabama is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on South Alabama is 198 lbs compared to 191 lbs for Louisiana.
  • South Alabama has a better record on the road than Louisiana this season (6-4 vs. 1-12).
  • A for effort, but South Alabama has emerged victorious against Louisiana the last two times they've played.
  • The South Alabama scoring leader (Augustine Rubit, 437 points) has more points than the Louisiana scoring leader (Shawn Long, 394 points).
  • AP voters think more highly of South Alabama and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Louisiana (eight vs. zero).
ULL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Shawn Long 31 16 11 1 1 2 3
B- Elfrid Payton 35 15 6 5 2 0 4
C Bryant Mbamalu 33 15 4 2 1 0 2
D+ Elridge Moore 27 5 4 2 1 0 2
D A. Thompson 21 7 2 1 1 0 1
D S. Wronkoski 27 6 3 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Brown 16 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Josh Soto 12 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Kasey Shepherd 11 4 1 1 1 0 1
F Aaron Leblanc 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
F D. Williams 1 2 0 0 1 0 1
F Braylon Lazare 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Matthew Moss 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Cornell Barnett 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
USA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Augustine Rubit 34 19 11 1 1 1 2
C Xavier Roberson 27 14 3 2 1 0 2
C Mychal Ammons 29 11 7 1 1 1 2
C- Javier Carter 23 6 6 1 1 2 1
C- Antoine Allen 26 9 3 1 1 0 2
D+ F. Goldstein 29 8 2 3 1 0 4
D Dre Conner 22 5 1 3 1 0 2
D B. Stevens II 20 4 1 1 1 0 1
D Trey Anderson 15 3 2 1 1 0 1
D- Wendell Wright 11 1 1 1 0 0 1
D- Viktor Juricek 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F G. Magee 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
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