Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Nick Raffoul
The Arkansas State Red Wolves will head to Conway, South Carolina on Saturday afternoon as they get set for a Sun Belt Conference showdown against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at the HTC Center.
The Red Wolves enter this contest fresh off of back-to-back overtime games. Arkansas State split those contests to enter Saturday’s matchup with a .500-record through eight Sun Belt contests. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina has also split its first eight league games to come in with a 4-4 mark in conference play. Can the Chanticleers bounce back with a win at home over Arkansas State on Saturday?
Arkansas State falls short in overtime vs. Appalachian StateArkansas State came up short in overtime against Appalachian State 83-80 on Thursday night despite a balanced scoring effort. Melo Eggleston led four Red Wolves in double-figures with 17 points but they shot just 8-for-24 from deep and 16-for-30 from the free-throw line in the loss.
Mike Balado has the Red Wolves off to a 12-7 start, including a 4-4 mark in Sun Belt Conference play, and they come into the weekend ranked No. 230 in the latest KenPom rankings. Arkansas State has scored 100.8 points per 100 possessions for the season (173rd in the NCAA) despite ranking outside the top-150 in several major categories. The Red Wolves sport an effective field goal percentage of 48.7 percent (203rd in the NCAA) and they have turned the ball over 19.4 percent of the time on offense (179th in the NCAA). However, what they’ve lacked in efficiency, they’ve been able to make up for by getting to the free-throw line at the highest rate in the country. Arkansas State sports a free-throw rate of 48.6 percent (1st in the NCAA) but they have shot a pedestrian 71.5 percent from the charity stripe as a team (133rd in the NCAA).
On defense, the Red Wolves rely on generating turnovers to get stops. They have surrendered 106.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (290th in the NCAA) while forcing their opponents to turn the ball over 20.5 percent of the time (105th in the NCAA). However, once their defensive pressure is broken, opponents have been able to get open looks against the Red Wolves defense, which has allowed teams to shoot 54.4 percent from inside the arc this season (315th in the NCAA).
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