Louisiana-Monroe vs. Middle Tenn State: Full Game Preview
|Louisiana-Monroe||A Olatayo 15.9||J James 5.8||J James 5.0|
|Middle Tenn State||M Knight 12.6||M Knight 5.7||B Massey Jr 3.1|
Middle Tennessee State plays host to Louisiana-Monroe at Murphy Center on Saturday. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. EST. The Blue Raiders beat the Warhawks 66-57 on Jan. 12 and are 5-0 against them over the last four years.
Middle Tennessee State is currently in first place in the Sun Belt and Louisiana-Monroe is in 11th.
In an 85-50 dismantling of South Alabama on Feb. 21, Bruce Massey Jr put up 12 points for the Blue Raiders. He contributes a team-high 3.1 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. For the Warhawks, Amos Olatayo finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in the 75-57 loss to Western Kentucky on Feb. 21. He leads the team in points with 15.9 per game, steals with 1.3 per game, and blocks with 0.4 per game.
Middle Tennessee State looks to have the advantage in two significant areas. The Blue Raiders have an edge in rebounding, 36 per game to 29 per game. In addition, Middle Tennessee State has an advantage in scoring, 71 points per game to 60 points per game.
- The Middle Tennessee State steals leader (Bruce Massey Jr, 43 steals) has more steals than the Louisiana-Monroe steals leader (Jayon James, 30 steals).
- Middle Tennessee State has a potent offense, scoring more points (71.1 per game vs. 60.6 per game) than Louisiana-Monroe this season.
- Middle Tennessee State has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last five years (65.4 percent to 25.0 percent).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Middle Tennessee State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (961 to 843) than Louisiana-Monroe, per the NCAA.
- Middle Tennessee State is ranked higher than Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt (No. 1 vs. No. 11).
- Boom! Middle Tennessee State defeated Louisiana-Monroe by 9 points the last time they played (Jan 12, 2013).
- It's only wins and losses, but Middle Tennessee State has a better overall record than Louisiana-Monroe this season (24-4 vs. 4-19).
- Middle Tennessee State is a better free-throw-shooting team (69.0 percent vs. 57.5 percent) than Louisiana-Monroe this season.
- A for effort, but Middle Tennessee State has emerged victorious against Louisiana-Monroe the last six times they've played.
- That must sting. Middle Tennessee State has blown out Louisiana-Monroe by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2008.
- Middle Tennessee State allows fewer rebounds (30.8 allowed per game vs. 35.2 allowed per game) than Louisiana-Monroe this season.
|C||Bruce Massey Jr||22||6||3||3||2||0||2|
|C||K. Hammonds II||22||6||3||2||1||0||1|
|D+||J. Gallman Jr||13||4||1||1||0||0||1|
|D+||Jason Jones Jr||10||4||2||0||0||0||1|