The Arkansas Little Rock Trojans will host the Tennessee State Tigers in non-conference play Tuesday evening from the Jack Stephens Center. The Tigers posted an 80-74 home win against Chicago State in their latest game, and the Trojans were crushed 76-53 at North Texas in their previous tilt. Little Rock logged an 83-67 win against Tennessee State last season.
Tennessee State Targets Fourth Straight Victory
The Tennessee State Tigers are targeting their fourth straight win in this one. They opened the winning streak with wins against Cal Poly and North Florida, and their latest was an 80-74 home win against Chicago State on Friday in a game that had the Tigers as 21 point favorites. The Tigers' offensive production has been their greatest strength.
Wesley Harris posted a season-best 27 points in Friday’s victory. The senior guard features a sharp 49% field goal efficiency and he has increased his season average to 11.4 PPG along with 5.4 RPG. Carlos Marshall Jr. is playing well, recording a combined 24 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard has shot below 45% in four out of his last five games, and he is averaging 11 points on 42.5% shooting. Michael Littlejohn has surpassed 20 points twice this season but only scored five points in Friday’s win. The senior guard is currently averaging 10.7 points.
Tennessee State is placed at 263rd the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they have yet to win on the road where they hold an 0-3 record. Tennessee State is averaging a solid 76.7 points, ranking them 91st in the country. They are allowing an average of 69 points, positioning them 180th overall.
Little Rock Charged with Second Straight Loss
The Arkansas Little Rock Trojans will attempt to avoid their third straight defeat in this one. They fell to East Tennessee State followed by a rough 76-53 road loss against North Texas on Saturday in a tilt that had the Trojans labeled as 5.5 point dogs.
Look out for Markquis Nowell in this clash. The sophomore guard has reached 20 points in three out of his last four games overall, and he is averaging a remarkable 19.3 points on 46% shooting on the season. Nowell wasn’t at his best in Saturday’s defeat, netting only 10 points. Ben Coupet Jr. is also a threat. The junior guard features a dazzling 44% efficiency from beyond the arc, and he is logging 12.7 PPG along with 6.3 RPG. Kris Bankston has not played in over three weeks due to a back injury. The junior forward was playing well prior to his injury with an average of 9.7 points. Bankston is questionable for this one.
The Trojans are currently placed 175th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they own a 3-1 record on their home court. Little Rock is only averaging 65.6 points on the season, ranking them down at 293rd in the country. The Trojans are a strong defensive team that is holding opponents to 64.7 points, good for 107th in DI.
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- 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points.