Teams: No. 12 ULM (9-23, 2-16 SBC)
No. 4 Texas State (18-12, 11-7 SBC)
Location: Lakefront Arena/New Orleans, La.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
LIVE AUDIO (Warhawk Radio Network)
New Orleans, La. – The ULM men's basketball team moves into the Sun Belt Conference Championship quarterfinals on Friday afternoon when they battle No.4 seed Texas State at Lakefront Arena. Tip off is slated for 2:00 p.m. and is available to watch on ESPN3 and you can also listen to the game with the Bobcats on the Warhawk Radio Network on Friday.
The Warhawks enter the tilt with a 9-23 mark, coming off of a three-point overtime win on Wednesday against Arkansas State, while the Bobcats enter 18-12, coming off a first round bye on Wednesday afternoon.
Last Time Out: ULM battled throughout Wednesday afternoon and took fifth seeded Arkansas State to overtime before defeating the Red Wolves 73-70 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Friday to face Texas State.
Head-to-Head: The Warhawks and Bobcats meet on Friday for the 50th time in school history. The Warhawks hold a 29-20 all-time series lead against Texas State as the Bobcats swept the season series when they spoiled the Warhawks senior day with a 70-65 win last Saturday.
Sun Belt Conference Tournament: The Warhawks started pursuit of the SBC title 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 now hold a 5-9 all-time record including making it to the semifinals in each of the last two years. This will be the fourth time in conference tournament history that the Warhawks and Bobcats meet, having met three previous times when they were a part of the Southland Conference.
Scouting the Bobcats: The Bobcats enter Friday's contest with a 18-12 record coming off a win against the Warhawks last Saturday by a 70-65 margin. On the season the Bobcats are led by Kavin Gilder-Tilbury with 16.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game averages, while Nijal Pearson has a 13.2 points per game average and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game. Gilder-Tilbury sits in seventh in the league with 64 made three-pointers on the year.
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% 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.
Sharing the Basketball: The Warhawks have 428 assists on 793 made baskets so far this season. Nick Coppola leads the way with 141 assists, while Travis Munnings has 65 assists so far this season and Marcus Washington has 61 assists on the season. As a team, the Warhawks have assisted on 53.97 percent of their made baskets this season. The Warhawks have had four games with 20+ assists including a pair of games with 23 assists.
Controlling the Offensive Glass: As a team, the Warhawks grabbed 14 offensive rebounds against Arkansas State on Wednesday afternoon - the 19th time in 32 games that they have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds, with a season-high 17 boards coming at Texas. Travis Munnings leads the way with 68 rebounds.
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