Western Kentucky vs. LA Lafayette: Full Game Preview

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Western Kentucky vs. LA Lafayette: Full Game Preview
Western Kentucky
(14-14, 4-10 away)
LA Lafayette
(11-17, 10-4 home)
Venue: Cajundome
8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Kentucky T Price 14.7 G Fant 6.6 J Crook 4.4
LA Lafayette E Payton 16.0 S Long 10.4 E Payton 5.2

On Saturday, Western Kentucky travels to Cajundome to take on Louisiana. It takes place at 8:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on CSS or ESPN3.com. The Hilltoppers defeated the Ragin Cajuns 72-49 on Jan. 17 and are 4-2 against them over the past four years.

Louisiana and Western Kentucky are packed together in the conference, holding down seventh and sixth place, respectively.

The 15 points and 7 rebounds by T.J. Price helped the Hilltoppers to a 75-57 cakewalk over Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 21. His 14.7 points per game is the highest mark on the team. In a 76-66 victory over Troy on Feb. 21, Elfrid Payton put up 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Ragin Cajuns. He contributes a team-leading 16 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, and 2.4 steals per game.

Louisiana StatSmack

  • Western Kentucky is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Western Kentucky is 77.2 inches compared to 76.0 inches for Louisiana.
  • Western Kentucky allows fewer rebounds (33.0 allowed per game vs. 38.9 allowed per game) than Louisiana this season.
  • George Fant is ranked 9th in the Sun Belt in rebounds.
  • Western Kentucky has a better scoring defense (65.8 allowed per game vs. 73.2 allowed per game) than Louisiana this season.
  • The Western Kentucky three-point leader (T.J. Price, 63 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Louisiana three-point leader (Bryant Mbamalu, 42 three-pointers).
  • Western Kentucky is ranked higher than Louisiana in the Sun Belt (No. 6 vs. No. 7).
  • Even computers respect Western Kentucky more. Western Kentucky has a better RPI this season than Louisiana (RPI: No. 193 vs. No. 226).
  • Western Kentucky has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (63.0 percent to 47.3 percent).
  • Boom! Western Kentucky humiliated Louisiana by 23 points the last time they played (Jan 17, 2013).
  • Western Kentucky has an average margin of victory of 9 over Louisiana in 23 wins since 1991.
  • T.J. Price is ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in points and 3rd in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jamal Crook 30 13 3 4 2 0 2
C+ T.J. Price 33 15 4 3 1 0 3
C George Fant 29 13 7 1 1 1 3
C Brandon Harris 30 8 6 2 1 0 1
D+ Teeng Akol 16 7 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Kaspar 25 6 2 2 1 0 2
D O`Karo Akamune 13 3 3 0 1 0 1
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 1
D Percy Blade 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 9 2 2 1 0 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Caden Dickerson 17 2 1 1 0 0 1
D- Marcus Vasquez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
ULL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Elfrid Payton 0 16 6 5 2 1 4
B- Shawn Long 31 16 10 1 1 2 3
C Bryant Mbamalu 33 14 4 2 1 0 2
D Elridge Moore 26 5 4 2 1 1 2
D A. Thompson 23 8 2 1 1 0 1
D S. Wronkoski 26 6 3 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Brown 16 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Kasey Shepherd 11 4 1 1 1 0 1
D- Josh Soto 11 3 1 0 0 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 5 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
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