UTA looks for home win vs La.-Monroe
Louisiana-Monroe (6-14, 2-9) vs. Texas-Arlington (9-13, 5-6)
College Park Center, Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Texas-Arlington looks for its fourth straight win over Louisiana-Monroe at College Park Center. The last victory for the Warhawks at Texas-Arlington was a 64-61 win on Feb. 20, 2016.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. David Azore, Brian Warren, Radshad Davis, Jabari Narcis and Jordan Phillips have collectively accounted for 71 percent of Texas-Arlington’s scoring this season. For Louisiana-Monroe, Michael Ertel, Tyree White and D’Andre Bernard have combined to score 44 percent of the team’s points this season, including 55 percent of all Warhawks points over their last five.
DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Mavericks have scored 72.5 points per game against Sun Belt opponents thus far, an improvement from the 65.6 per game they managed against non-conference foes.EXCELLENT ERTEL: Ertel has connected on 35.7 percent of the 115 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 21 over the last five games. He’s also converted 78.1 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: The Mavericks are 0-9 when they allow at least 71 points and 9-4 when they hold opponents to anything under 71 points. The Warhawks are 0-12 when they score 63 points or fewer and 6-2 when they exceed 63.
COLD SPELL: Louisiana-Monroe has lost its last nine road games, scoring 54.4 points, while allowing 72.7 per game.
DID YOU KNOW: Texas-Arlington has committed a turnover on just 16.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top percentage among all Sun Belt teams. The Mavericks have turned the ball over only 11.5 times per game this season.