LA Lafayette vs. Ark-Little Rock: Full Game Preview
|LA Lafayette||E Payton 16.0||S Long 10.4||E Payton 5.2|
|Ark-Little Rock||W Neighbour 10.8||W Neighbour 6.9||J Hagins 2.9|
On Thursday, Arkansas-Little Rock welcomes Louisiana at Jack Stephens Center. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Trojans fell to the Ragin Cajuns 79-70 on Dec. 29 and are 5-4 against them over the last four years.
Arkansas-Little Rock is fifth in the Sun Belt and Louisiana is in eigth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The Trojans fell 73-59 to Florida Atlantic on Feb. 23. Leroy Isler finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. He tallies 7 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.4 steals per game. For the Ragin Cajuns, Elfrid Payton finished with 31 points in the 88-77 loss to Western Kentucky on Feb. 23. He leads the team in points with 16 per game, assists with 5.2 per game, and steals with 2.4 per game.
- Arkansas-Little Rock is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Arkansas-Little Rock is 77.0 inches compared to 76.0 inches for Louisiana.
- Arkansas-Little Rock has an average margin of victory of 8 over Louisiana in 16 wins since 1991.
- Will Neighbour is ranked 5th in the Sun Belt in rebounds and 10th in the Sun Belt in steals.
- Even computers respect Arkansas-Little Rock more. Arkansas-Little Rock has a better RPI this season than Louisiana (RPI: No. 172 vs. No. 233).
- Arkansas-Little Rock has a better scoring defense (66.3 allowed per game vs. 73.7 allowed per game) than Louisiana this season.
- Arkansas-Little Rock allows fewer rebounds (35.2 allowed per game vs. 38.9 allowed per game) than Louisiana this season.
- It's only wins and losses, but Arkansas-Little Rock has a better overall record than Louisiana this season (15-14 vs. 11-18).
- Arkansas-Little Rock is ranked higher than Louisiana in the Sun Belt (No. 5 vs. No. 8).
- Arkansas-Little Rock has come back to win after being down at half against Louisiana four times since 1998.
- Michael Javes is ranked 5th in the Sun Belt in blocks.