La.-Lafeyette seeks revenge on UTA
Louisiana-Lafayette (8-13, 3-7) vs. Texas-Arlington (9-12, 5-5)
College Park Center, Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana-Lafayette seeks revenge on Texas-Arlington after dropping the first matchup in Lafayette. The teams last played on Jan. 16, when the Mavericks shot 47 percent from the field while holding Louisiana-Lafayette to just 35.6 percent en route to a 16-point victory.
SENIOR SCORING: Texas-Arlington has relied heavily on its seniors this year. David Azore, Brian Warren, Radshad Davis, Jabari Narcis and Jordan Phillips have collectively accounted for 72 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 74 percent of all Mavericks points over the last five games.
DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Mavericks have scored 73.3 points per game against Sun Belt opponents thus far, an improvement from the 65.6 per game they recorded in non-conference play.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Azore has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Texas-Arlington field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 35 field goals and 18 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: The Mavericks are 0-9 when they allow at least 71 points and 9-3 when they hold opponents to anything under 71 points. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-12 when they score 67 points or fewer and 8-1 when they exceed 67.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Mavericks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Ragin’ Cajuns. Texas-Arlington has 44 assists on 78 field goals (56.4 percent) over its past three outings while Louisiana-Lafayette has assists on 31 of 64 field goals (48.4 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Texas-Arlington has committed a turnover on just 17.2 percent of its possessions this season, which is the lowest percentage among all Sun Belt teams. The Mavericks have turned the ball over only 11.9 times per game this season.