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Texas State (5-13) at Arkansas-Little Rock (9-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday January 23, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Jack Stephens Center (5,600) -- Little Rock, Arkansas. Television: None. Home Record: TSU 2-6, UALR 4-2. Away Record: TSU 1-6, UALR 4-6. Neutral Record: TSU 2-1, UALR 1-1. Conference Record: TSU 1-4, UALR 4-2. Series Record: Arkansas-Little Rock leads, 4-1.

GAME NOTES: The Texas State Bobcats will try to avoid their third loss in a row as they tangle with the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center in a Sun Belt Conference tilt.

Texas State is coming off a 56-48 home loss to the Texas-Arlington Mavericks. The Bobcats, who average a Sun Belt Conference-low 62.5 ppg, were limited to 32.1 percent shooting from the field including a 5-of-20 clip by the Mavericks. Texas State held a narrow lead in the early stages of the second period before a 16-8 UTA run put the game out of reach for good. The setback dropped the Bobcats to a 5-13 overall record including a 1-4 mark in league play. TSU has gone just 1-6 in true road tests during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Trojans will be seeking their fifth win in seven SBC games on Thursday. Last week, UALR outlasted Western Kentucky for an 87-83 overtime victory before it was handed a 99-73 loss at Georgia State. The loss lowered the Trojans to a 9-9 overall record. They are second in the SBC standings with a 4-2 conference record, trailing only the 5-0 GSU Panthers. UALR is posting 72.1 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor and also pulls down 1.6 more boards per outing than its opposition.

This will be the second meeting this season between these SBC rivals. UALR topped TSU, 63-59, on Jan. 2 in San Marcos to improve to 4-1 all-time versus the Bobcats. Will Neighbour led the Trojans to the win with 20 points.

TSU had a very poor showing after the intermission versus UTA. The Bobcats were held to 32.4 percent shooting from the floor while they allowed the Mavericks to sink 47.4 percent of their field goal attempts. Defensively, TSU forced 19 turnovers, but it was not enough to overcome UTA's 22-11 advantage in free- throw attempts.

The Bobcats are led by senior forward Joel Wright, who is posting team-highs of 14.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg. Wright had scored in double-figures in five consecutive outings before being held to just seven by UTA. With Wright having an off night, Gordan Ball paced the Bobcats with 10 points and seven boards. Emani Grant is near a double-digit scoring average (9.9 ppg) and also grabs an average of 5.3 rpg. Wesley Davis is a key player for the Bobcats with 8.7 ppg to go along with his team-highs of 2.1 apg and 1.4 spg.

Neighbour is having another solid campaign as he ranks sixth in the conference in scoring at 17.4 ppg and also seventh on the rebounding leaderboard with 7.2 rpg. UALR could not overcome its 20 turnovers versus GSU in its last outing despite hitting on 53.6 percent of its attempts from the floor in the second stanza. James White led the way in the loss with 23 points, followed by Neighbour with 18.

TSU simply doesn't have enough firepower to compete with the Trojans. UALR would have to have a very poor offensive performance to fall to the Bobcats, who had no answer for Neighbour when these teams squared off earlier this month. The homecourt advantage could help UALR pull away for an easy victory, which it will need to keep pace with GSU in the league standings.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas-Little Rock 68, Texas State 60

01/23 10:18:25 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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KAN 0
 
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WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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RUTG 24
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TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
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CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14