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Texas State looks to sweep Little Rock

Posted at 6:30 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 06:30:32-05

Texas State (20-5, 9-3) vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (10-15, 5-7)

Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Texas State goes for the season sweep over Arkansas-Little Rock after winning the previous matchup in San Marcos. The teams last met on Jan. 17, when the Bobcats outshot Arkansas-Little Rock from the field 53.2 percent to 45.7 percent and hit five more 3-pointers en route to the 18-point victory.

SUPER SENIORS: Texas State has benefited heavily from its seniors. Tre'Larenz Nottingham, Alex Peacock, Jaylen Shead and Eric Terry have collectively accounted for 50 percent of the team's scoring this year and 69 percent of all Bobcats points over the team's last five games.

CLAMPING DOWN: The Trojans have allowed just 73.2 points per game to Sun Belt opponents thus far. That's an improvement from the 77 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.

NIJAL IS A FORCE: Nijal Pearson has connected on 41.5 percent of the 164 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 5 of 15 over the last three games. He's also made 66.3 percent of his foul shots this season.

UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Trojans are 6-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 4-15 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Bobcats are 18-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.6 percent or worse, and 2-5 when opponents exceed that percentage.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Trojans have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bobcats. Arkansas-Little Rock has an assist on 40 of 75 field goals (53.3 percent) over its past three outings while Texas State has assists on 38 of 79 field goals (48.1 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Texas State defense has held opponents to just 64.2 points per game, the 23rd-lowest in Division I. Arkansas-Little Rock has allowed an average of 75.8 points through 25 games (ranked 252nd, nationally).

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