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Arkansas State (17-9) at Arkansas-Little Rock (13-15)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Jack Stephens Center (5,600) -- Little Rock, Arkansas. Television: None. Home Record: ASU 10-2, UALR 6-5. Away Record: ASU 7-7, UALR 6-9. Neutral Record: ASU 0-0, UALR 1-1. Conference Record: ASU 9-5, UALR 8-8. Series Record: Arkansas State leads, 48-29.

GAME NOTES: The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans will finish the regular season with back-to-back home games beginning with a Sun Belt Conference matchup against the Arkansas State Red Wolves tonight at the Jack Stephens Center.

UALR finished its last road trek with a 62-55 win over Troy on Thursday. The victory ended a five-game losing streak for UALR, which is still stuck in the middle of the Sun Belt standings with an overall record of 13-15 and a league mark of 8-8. They finish the season next Saturday against ULM.

There are four games left on the schedule for Arkansas State, including big tests against conference-leading Georgia State and Louisiana. The Red Wolves have pushed themselves into the top tier of the conference with wins in six of their last seven games, improving to 17-9 overall and 9-5 in league play.

These in-state rivals did not play a particularly competitive game on Jan. 25 as Arkansas State routed UALR, 77-49. The Red Wolves own a 48-29 edge in the all-time series.

Arkansas State took a step away from not only Sun Belt competition, but the Division I ranks as well to take on Lyon College on Tuesday. The Red Wolves won easily, 65-39, by outscoring their foe, 25-0, off turnovers. Brandon Reed tallied 16 points to lead the way.

The Red Wolves' ascension in the Sun Belt has been built on their solid offensive showing. They are third in the conference in both scoring (76.5 ppg) and field goal percentage (.453), while sitting second in assists (13.7 apg). Kirk Van Slyke (15.7 ppg, 6 rpg) and Melvin Johnson (14.9 ppg) are the team's go-to scorers. Van Slyke tallied 11 points and six boards against Lyon College, but Johnson had some trouble, finishing with only five points. Kendrick Washington (10 ppg, 6.2 rpg) finishes on 56.4 percent of his shots from the floor, while leading the team on the glass.

Led by 18 points from Ben Dillard, who was the only player to score in double figures, UALR was able to edge out Troy. The visiting Trojans held their hosts to only 38.6 percent shooting, outscored them in the paint, 28-20, all while forcing 20 turnovers.

Absent from the effort was Will Neighbour. The Trojans' leading scorer and rebounder at 16.3 ppg and 7 rpg, has missed three of the last four games and is still suffering from a dislocated left shoulder. He is listed out for this tilt. Josh Hagins (12.3 ppg) is a solid scorer in his own right, and James White (10.9 ppg, 6 rpg) provides the best threat on the glass with Neighbour sidelined. Neither was particularly impressive against Troy, as the duo combined for only 13 points and eight rebounds. Dillard (7.2 ppg) may be required to step up to give the Trojans more balance on offense, especially if Hagins and White are limited once again.

The Trojans were at full strength the last time these teams met. Without Neighbour, they just don't have the firepower to knock off the Red Wolves, even with the home crowd on their side.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas State 73, Arkansas-Little Rock 63

03/01 10:44:23 ET

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CLE 105
MEM 91
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BOS 84
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DET 105
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LAL 101
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PHI 96
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PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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MAINE 69
 
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ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
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SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
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UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
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SEAT 61
SACST 46
 
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DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
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WIN 3
PHI 2
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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IND 7
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ARI 6
SEA 34