La.-Lafeyette, Ga. Southern meet in conference play
Louisiana-Lafayette (7-10, 2-4) vs. Georgia Southern (10-7, 4-2)
W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse, Statesboro, Georgia; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana-Lafayette pays visit to Georgia Southern in a Sun Belt matchup. Louisiana-Lafayette came up short in a 90-52 game at Georgia State in its last outing. Georgia Southern is coming off a 67-56 win at home over Louisiana-Monroe in its most recent game.
STEPPING UP: The Ragin’ Cajuns have been led by juniors Jalen Johnson and Cedric Russell. Johnson has averaged 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while Russell has put up 13.5 points per game. The Eagles have been anchored by Ike Smith and Elijah McCadden, who have combined to score 27.6 points per contest.
CLAMPING DOWN: The Eagles have allowed only 69 points per game across six conference games, an improvement from the 76.6 per game they allowed to non-conference foes.JUMPING FOR JALEN: Johnson has connected on 28 percent of the 75 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 22 over the last five games. He’s also made 80.9 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 7-1 when scoring at least 67.
WINNING WHEN: Georgia Southern is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 70 points or fewer. The Eagles are 4-7 when opponents score more than 70 points.
DID YOU KNOW: Georgia Southern has made 8.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among Sun Belt teams.