Little Rock (8-2 SBC) meets South Alabama (5-4 SBC) on Saturday in Sun Belt action at 8pmET. The Trojans have won three straight games after losing two straight. USA has won four of their last six games.
These teams met on Jan. 11 from Little Rock, with the Jaguars winning 52-43.
Trojans are rollingLittle Rock has won three straight over Coastal Carolina (71-55), Appalachian State (73-57) and Troy (81-63). In their win over Troy on Wednesday, the Little Rock Trojans held the other Trojans to 33% from the field and forced 15 turnovers. Freshman forward Ruot Monyyong (6-10, 190) led Little Rock with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Jaizec Lottie (6-1, 180) added 14 points and five assists.
Tonight was Little Rock's third-straight victory by at least 15 points.— Little Rock Basketball (@LittleRockMBB) January 23, 2020
The last time that happened? The first three games of the 2016-17 season against UA Monticello (81-53), Central Baptist (97-65) and Ozarks (100-61).#LittleRocksTeam pic.twitter.com/wDuwf1UkO3
According to KenPom, Little Rock ranks 129th overall, 199th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 87th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Monyyong leads the way with 11.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 54.5% shooting. Their defense is top-notch, allowing 65.7 points on 40.4% shooting (34.8% 3pt). Offensively, they shoot the ball well (46.4% FG) and are ok from long distance (33.2%). They also outrebound teams by 4.9 per game. But they struggle from the free throw line (68.4%).
Jags struggling with consistencySouth Alabama has won four of their last six games. One of the losses took place at home against Georgia State (6-3 SBC) last Thursday 72-63. They had another test against 6-2 Georgia Southern at home last Saturday and this time, they passed it winning 74-68, despite being down 10 at one point. However, on Thursday Jan. 23, the Jaguars fell at Arkansas State 75-71. Josh Ajayi had 23 points and nine boards to lead the Jags, who shot 50% from the field but made just 24 of 38 (63%) from the line. Arkansas State also made 50% of their shots and 10-of-25 (40%) from beyond the arc. They made 21 of 26 (81%) from the line and that was the difference.
Ajayi (6-6, 229) leads the Jaguars with 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds on 57.8% shooting (28.6% 3pt). On offense, the Jags average 71.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting (31.1% 3pt). They allow 67.9 points per game on 43.1% shooting (34.9% 3pt). South Alabama is ranked 179th overall according to KenPom, 144 in adjusted offensive efficiency and 225th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Little Rock is:
- 5-1 ATS last 6 after an ATS win.
- 7-2 ATS last 9 overall.
DonBest.com South Alabama is:
- 1-6-1 ATS last 8 as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 (if applies).
- 2-7-1 ATS last 10 as a favorite.