S. Alabama, La.-Monroe meet in conference play
South Alabama (8-6, 1-2) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (5-7, 1-2)
Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Monroe, Louisiana; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: South Alabama pays visit to Louisiana-Monroe in a Sun Belt matchup. South Alabama won 60-57 at Louisiana-Lafayette in its last outing. Louisiana-Monroe is coming off a 79-63 win at home over Troy in its most recent game.
SUPER SENIORS: Louisiana-Monroe’s JD Williams, Michael Ertel and Tyree White have combined to account for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Warhawks points over the last five games.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: The Warhawks have scored 70 points per game against Sun Belt opponents thus far, an improvement from the 58.3 per game they recorded in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JD: Williams has connected on 36.5 percent of the 52 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 11 over his last three games. He’s also made 74.5 percent of his foul shots this season.
DEFENSIVE DISRUPTION: Louisiana-Monroe is 5-0 when limiting opponents to 40.7 percent or worse from the field, and 0-7 when opponents shoot better than that. South Alabama is 5-0 when allowing 43.6 percent or less and 3-6 whenever opponents exceed that mark.
BEHIND THE ARC: South Alabama’s Andre Fox has attempted 80 3-pointers and connected on 35 percent of them, and is 9 for 27 over the last five games.
DID YOU KNOW: South Alabama has committed a turnover on just 17.3 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all Sun Belt teams. The Jaguars have turned the ball over only 11.8 times per game this season.