Louisiana-Monroe vs. Western Kentucky: Full Game Preview

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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Western Kentucky: Full Game Preview
Louisiana-Monroe
(4-18, 1-11 away)
Western Kentucky
(13-14, 9-4 home)
Venue: E.A. Diddle Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Louisiana-Monroe A Olatayo 16.1 J James 6.2 J James 5.4
Western Kentucky T Price 14.3 G Fant 6.5 J Crook 4.2

Western Kentucky hosts Louisiana-Monroe at E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. EST and it can be seen on HSSN or ESPN3.com. The Hilltoppers beat the Warhawks 65-54 on Nov. 29 and are 5-1 against them over the last four years.

Louisiana-Monroe is in 11th place in the conference and Western Kentucky is in sixth place.

In spite of 22 points and 6 assists from T.J. Price, the Hilltoppers came up short 87-82 against Florida International on Feb. 16. His 14.3 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Warhawks, Amos Olatayo finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds in the 87-54 loss to Arkansas State on Feb. 16. He leads the team in points with 16.1 per game and blocks with 0.4 per game.

Western Kentucky has a statistical advantage over Louisiana-Monroe in one significant category, rebounding, where the Hilltoppers have an edge over the Warhawks, 36 per game to 29 per game.

Louisiana-Monroe StatSmack

  • The Western Kentucky blocks leader (Teeng Akol, 32 blocks) has more blocks than the Louisiana-Monroe blocks leader (Amos Olatayo, 8 blocks).
  • A for effort, but Western Kentucky has emerged victorious against Louisiana-Monroe the last four times they've played.
  • The Western Kentucky rebounding leader (George Fant, 168 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Louisiana-Monroe rebounding leader (Jayon James, 137 rebounds).
  • Western Kentucky has a better record at home than Louisiana-Monroe this season (9-3 vs. 3-7).
  • Western Kentucky players are more experienced than Louisiana-Monroe players (12,454 minutes played vs. 7,375 minutes played).
  • Western Kentucky has been the favorite eight out of the last eight times.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Western Kentucky currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (944 to 843) than Louisiana-Monroe, per the NCAA.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Western Kentucky has a better overall record than Louisiana-Monroe this season (13-14 vs. 4-18).
  • Western Kentucky is ranked higher than Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt (No. 6 vs. No. 11).
ULM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Amos Olatayo 31 16 6 1 1 0 2
C- Jayon James 34 10 6 5 1 0 5
D+ Trent Mackey 31 11 3 1 1 0 1
D Millaun Brown 27 6 5 0 1 0 2
D M. Hansberry 25 8 2 1 1 0 1
D R.J. McCray 30 7 2 3 1 0 3
D Trey Lindsey 19 4 2 1 0 0 1
D- Kyle Koszuta 13 3 1 2 1 0 1
F Ife Eke 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Colton Ponder 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Taylor Birchett 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jamal Crook 30 13 3 4 2 0 2
C T.J. Price 32 14 4 2 1 0 3
C George Fant 29 12 6 1 1 1 3
C Brandon Harris 30 8 6 2 1 0 2
D+ Teeng Akol 16 7 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Kaspar 25 6 2 2 1 0 2
D O`Karo Akamune 14 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aleksejs Rostov 12 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Eddie Alcantara 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Stephon Drane 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Percy Blade 11 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Caden Dickerson 18 2 1 1 0 0 1
D- Marcus Vasquez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
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