The UT Arlington Mavericks get together with the No.2-seeded Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in the third round of the SBC tournament at Lakefront Arena. The game starts at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 12 and will air on ES3.
The Warhawks beat Georgia State 91-78 the last time they played. Majok Deng led all scorers with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off a 72-63 win over Texas State in the 2. Drew Charles led the game in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Louisiana-Monroe is among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 28th in OR% at 32.9%. Meanwhile, UT Arlington ranks 15th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a DR% of 73.8%.
The Warhawks have won both contests against the Mavericks this season, including a 64-61 victory in their last matchup. Nick Coppola was a standout player in the game, producing 19 points, one rebound, six assists, three steals, and four three-pointers.
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Louisiana-Monroe and UT Arlington hold winning records against the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks sit at 15-5 SU and the UT Arlington Mavericks have a 14-7 record.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a defensive rating of 102.5 (ranked 51st), while the UT Arlington Mavericks have an offensive rating of 108.8 (ranked 107th).
UT Arlington has an average field goal percentage of 42.5%. Louisiana-Monroe is a winning 7-4 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank higher based on their field goal percentage (77th) than their effective field goal percentage (121st). The UT Arlington Mavericks rank higher based on their effective field goal percentage (214th) than their field goal percentage (255th).
The UT Arlington Mavericks rank 13th in assists per game, making an average of 17.1. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are among the worst in the country with 14.1 assists per game (ranked 125th).
The UT Arlington Mavericks are the best rebounding team in the nation with 43.9 rebounds per game. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank 125th, rebounding 37.0 times per game.
UT Arlington ranks third in offensive rebounding, placing it among the best in the nation. Louisiana-Monroe ranks a poor 143rd in defensive rebounds.
The UT Arlington defense has forced an average TO% of 20.6% this season (ranked 14th). In games where it gives up a TO% of 21% or greater, Louisiana-Monroe has a subpar 3-5 record.