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Little Rock Trojans vs Arkansas State Red Wolves

Where: First National Bank Arena

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 5:00 pm ET

We have a Sun Belt Conference matchup to consider for Saturday afternoon when the Little-Rock Trojans meet the Arkansas State Red Wolves for an afternoon of Sun Belt Conference college basketball. Little-Rock enters this matchup hoping to end a two-game losing streak and Arkansas State is riding a six-game losing streak when they host the Trojans.

Little Rock Two Game Losing Streak

Little-Rock is 18-9 overall with a 12-4 record in conference play this season. The Trojans have won three of its last five games and Saturday marks game three of a three-game road trip. Little-Rock is 7-7 this season on the road and leads the conference with a 1.5 game cushion over its closest rivals.

The Trojans score an average of 72.2 points while allowing 68.6 points per game. Little Rock is shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from downtown and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe this season.

Little-Rock has three players scoring in double figures and are led by sophomore guard Markquis Nowell. The sophomore guard is scoring 16.7 points with 2.9 rebounds and leads the Trojans with five assists per game. Nowell is shooting 37.8 percent from long range and scored 11 points with eight assists in the Trojans road loss to UT-Arlington.

Arkansas State Six Game Losing Streak

Arkansas State is 7-10 in conference play with an overall record of 15-13 this season. The Red Wolves are 8-6 this season at home and have lost six straight games. Saturday marks game two of a two-game homestand and the Red Wolves are in a two-way tie for fifth place in the conference and 5.5 games behind conference-leading Little-Rock.

The Red Wolves score an average of 70.3 points per game and allow 71.3 points per game this season. Arkansas State makes 43.7 percent of its field goal attempts, 35.1 percent of its triple tries with a 70.6 percent free-throw shooting percentage.

Arkansas State has two players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Marquis Eaton. The junior guard scores an average of 12.4 points with 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. Eaton is draining 37.4 percent of his triple attempts and scored 17 points with three rebounds and two assists in the home loss to UL Monroe.

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I will take Little Rock in this matchup. This is might end up a closer game than some expect it to be but you have to go with the conference leader in this one. The Trojans are the better shooting team with the better defense and while this should be a tough game for Little-Rock, the Red Wolves defense is non-existant and that plus having the better defense should be enough to get the Trojans past the Red Wolves. I will take Little Rock to defeat Arkansas State in this matchup.

Prediction: Little Rock

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My math has this one ending at 146 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the low side. Both teams know how to score the basketball and neither possess a stout defense and I expect each team to eclipse their season scoring average. Both teams play at or just above the NCAA average tempo and there should be enough possessions to exceed the total. Both sides are also good offensive rebounding schools and I will play OVER at 146 points and above in this contest.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as β€œFantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.