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Texas-Arlington (15-16) vs. Louisiana (20-11)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 9:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: New Orleans Lakefront Arena (8,933) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Television: Sun Belt Network. Home Record: UT Arlington 9-5, Louisiana 13-2. Away Record: UT Arlington 5-11, Louisiana 6-9. Neutral Record: UT Arlington 1-0, Louisiana 1-0. Conference Record: UT Arlington 10-9, Louisiana 11-7. Series Record: Louisiana leads, 12-7.

GAME NOTES: The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will dwindle down to four teams after the sixth-seeded Texas-Arlington Mavericks and the third-seeded Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns clash in the quarterfinal round at New Orleans Lakefront Arena.

The winner of this game will advance to face second-seeded Western Kentucky in the semifinals on Saturday.

UT-Arlington survived a first-round matchup with ULM Thursday by edging the Warhawks, 68-65, to advance. The Mavericks have won three of their last four games entering the clash with Louisiana.

Louisiana used a six-game winning streak late in the season to propel itself to one of the top three spots in the postseason tournament. The Cajuns won two of their last three games in the regular season, including a tight 77-76 edging of Arkansas State in the season finale Saturday, and earned the bye into the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Tournament.

Louisiana holds the advantage in the brief all-time series with UT-Arlington, 12-7. The teams met twice on the court this season, with the Ragin' Cajuns winning both of those contests.

ULM led the Mavericks at the end of the first half on Thursday, 36-32, but the lead wouldn't last long after the ball was inbounded for the second half. UT-Arlington held ULM to just 35.5 percent shooting in the second period, including just 1-of-12 from 3-point range, while the Mavericks netted 50 percent of their shot tires from the floor. Reger Dowell led Arlington with 18 points in the contest, while Jamel Outler chipped in with 16, Vincent Dillard added 12 and Anthony Walker tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Edwards led the team with 12 boards in the contest. Dowell is a dangerous scorer for the Mavericks, and he's proven that much this season with his 20.1 ppg average entering the clash with the Cajuns. Edwards nearly averages a double-double with 16.1 ppg and 9.8 rpg, and Lonnie McClanahan contributes 14.2 ppg with 113 assists on the year, which is second to Shaq White-Miller's 120 assists. The Mavericks are capable scorers, averaging 76.1 ppg this season.

Elfrid Payton connected on a 3-pointer for Louisiana with 11.9 seconds remaining in regulation to give his Ragin' Cajuns a one-point edge over Arkansas State Saturday. The score help up in the as the seconds ticked away, and Louisiana squeaked into postseason play on a high note. Payton scored 17 points in the contest, adding eight rebounds and six assists to his stat line. Payton, who played in all 31 games for the Cajuns this season, leads the team in scoring at 19.3 ppg. Shawn Long, who averages a double-double on the season with 19.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg, netted a team-high 25 points in the win Saturday, adding 11 boards to his stat line. Bryant Mbamalou chips in 11.6 ppg for the Cajuns, who net 81.4 ppg as a unit.

UT-Arlington has a potent offense, but it hasn't always shown in contests throughout the year. Meanwhile, players like Payton and Long have been consistent for Louisiana. This matchup has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, but the Ragin' Cajuns simply have more firepower on the offensive end.

Sports network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana 79, Texas-Arlington 72

03/14 10:35:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
 
7th
SDP 3
ANA 3
 
6th
ATL 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
4th
HOU 90
GSW 101
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR