Teams: No. 12 ULM (8-23, 2-16 SBC)
No. 5 Arkansas State (20-11, 11-7 SBC)
Location: Lakefront Arena/New Orleans, La.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
LIVE AUDIO (Warhawk Radio Network)
MONROE, La. – The ULM men's basketball team begins its road in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday when the Warhawks face the No. 5 seed Arkansas State in New Orleans at Lakefront Arena. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. and is available to watch on ESPN3 and you can also listen to the game with the Red Wolves on the Warhawk Radio Network on Wednesday.
The Warhawks enter the tilt with a 8-23 mark, coming off of a 70-65 loss to Texas State on Saturday during Senior Day, while the Red Wolves enter 20-11, coming off back-to-back losses to South Alabama and Troy to close the regular season.
Last Time Out: ULM couldn’t pull out a Senior Day win on Saturday as the Warhawks fell 70-65 against Texas State in a tight contest throughout in the final regular season Sun Belt Conference game of the season.
Head-to-Head: The Warhawks and Red Wolves will meet on Wednesday for the 62nd time in each school's respective history though just the first time in SBC tournament action all-time but the third time in postseason history. The Red Wolves swept the season series from the Warhawks this year to move the all-time series to a 37-24 advantage for Arkansas State.
Sun Belt Conference Tournament: The Warhawks will compete on Wednesday in their fifth straight SBC tournament and 10th overall since joining the league back in the 2006-07 season. In the 10 tournaments they have been in, they carry a 4-9 all-time record including making it to the semifinals in each of the last two years. This will be the third time in conference tournament history as the Warhawks and Red Wolves split the previous two meetings when they were a part of the Southland Conference.
Scouting the Red Wolves: The Red Wolves enter Wednesday's contest with a 20-11 record coming off getting swept by the Alabama schools (South Alabama and Troy) over the final weekend of the regular season. Arkansas State is paced by second team all-conference representative Devin Carter who averaged 16.6 points per game while hitting a team high 101 three's. Deven Simms has averaged 13.4 points per game while coming off the bench for the Red Wolves this season while Rashad Lindsey has 10.6 points per game. Donte Thomas has a team-high 175 assists on the season.
Sun Belt Leaders: Following the Sun Belt Conference regular season, Travis Munnings sits in fourth with an 8.0 rebounds per game mark while ranking third in the league with a 5.9 defensive rebounds per game mark. Munnings also ranks seventh in the league with a 33.4 minutes per game average. Senior Nick Coppola leads the league with a 37.3 minutes per game mark while he also leads the league with a 2.9 assist to turnover mark on the season. Coppola ranks third in the league with 4.4 assists per game. In league play Munnings had 7.6 rebounds per game which ranked fifth in the league while shooting seventh in the league with 45.8 percent from the field. Munnings also averaged 35.3 minutes per game in SBC action which ranked in fifth place. Nick Coppola led the league with 38.6 minutes per game played which led the SBC this season as he played in 694 of a possible 735 minutes in the 18 league games. Coppola also sits in second in league games with a 2.4 assist to turnover ratio while in fifth place with 3.7 assists per game mark.
On the road: The Warhawks have been road warriors for 16 contests out of their 31 games this season...Of the 16 games away from Monroe, ULM has played in the Eastern Time Zone (7 times), Central Time Zone (7 times), Pacific Time Zone (2 times) and Mountain Time Zone (1 time). By December 3 the Warhawks had played in all four continential timezones in a span of five games. The Warhawks played in three time zones over the course of seven days (Texas, Colorado, Washington). If the Warhawks had bused on each road trip from Fant-Ewing Coliseum they would have traveled 6,996 miles and that is just one direction -- double that amount and the round trip from ULM to each road venue comes to nearly 14,000 miles according to Google Maps.
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