Louisiana (7-13) and Middle Tennessee State (15-4) Square Off

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1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Louisiana 21 39 60 +17.5
  MTSU 41 41 82 -17.5
Sat, Jan 19 2013, 05:30 PM CST

Murphy Center
Murfreesboro, TN
Attendance: 5,220

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On Saturday, Louisiana travels to Murphy Center to take on Middle Tennessee State. It starts at 6:30 EST. The Ragin Cajuns fell to the Blue Raiders 72-58 on November 29th and are 0-5 against them over the last four years.

Louisiana is in 8th place in the Sun Belt, Middle Tennessee State is in 1st place.

In their last outing, despite 14 points from Elfrid Payton, the Ragin Cajuns fell to Western Kentucky 72-49 on January 17th. With 5.2 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Blue Raiders, Trantell Knight put up 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 82-50 blowout of Arkansas-Little Rock on January 17th. He is averaging 5.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.6 steals per game. One category in which Middle Tennessee State is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.7, ranking 1st in their conference (and 22nd nationally).

StatSmack! Louisiana is better than Middle Tennessee State
  • Louisiana takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Middle Tennessee State (2 vs 0).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Louisiana currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (970 to 961) than Middle Tennessee State, per the NCAA.
  • The Louisiana blocks leader (Shawn Long) has more blocks than the Middle Tennessee State blocks leader (Shawn Jones).
  • Bryant Mbamalu is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in points and 9th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.
ULL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Shawn Long 30 16 10 1 1 2 2
C+ Elfrid Payton 35 15 6 5 2 0 4
C Bryant Mbamalu 33 14 4 2 1 0 2
D Elridge Moore 26 5 3 1 1 1 2
D S. Wronkoski 28 7 3 0 1 0 2
D A. Thompson 19 6 1 1 1 0 1
D Kevin Brown 16 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Josh Soto 13 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Kasey Shepherd 12 4 1 1 1 0 1
F Aaron Leblanc 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Braylon Lazare 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Matthew Moss 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Cornell Barnett 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
F D. Williams 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
MTSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Marcos Knight 27 13 6 2 1 0 2
C+ Shawn Jones 22 10 6 0 0 1 2
C Raymond Cintron 22 8 1 2 1 0 1
C Trantell Knight 18 6 3 3 2 0 1
C Bruce Massey Jr 22 6 3 3 1 0 2
C Neiko Hunter 18 8 3 0 0 0 1
C JT Sulton 18 5 4 0 1 0 1
C K. Hammonds II 21 5 3 2 1 0 1
D+ Jason Jones Jr 10 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ J. Gallman Jr 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Jacquez Rozier 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Finoy Perkins 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Gavin Gibson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Torin Walker 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Zane Gibson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Sun Belt Standings

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1 Georgia State 25-9 17-1
2 WKU 20-12 12-6
 3Louisiana 23-12 11-7
4 Arkansas State 19-13 10-8
5 Texas-Arlington 15-17 9-9
5 UALR 15-17 9-9
7 ULM 10-17 7-11
8 Troy 11-20 6-12
9 South Alabama 11-20 5-13
10 Texas State 8-23 4-14
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2013-2014 Roster

#31 Kevin Brown Jr G 6-1 200
#44 J.J. Davenport Jr C 6-6 325
#1 Luka Kamber Fr F 6-7 208
#33 Vieux Kande Fr C 6-8 240
#35 Braylon Lazare Sr F 6-5 220
#32 Aaron LeBlanc Jr F 6-5 195
#21 Shawn Long So F 6-9 245
#0 Bryant Mbamalu Sr F 6-2 194
#22 Elridge Moore Sr F 6-5 205
#2 Elfrid Payton Jr G 6-3 180
#23 H. Register Fr G 6-2 170
#3 Xavian Rimmer Jr G 6-2 225
#5 Kasey Shepherd So G 6-3 178
#11 D. Williams Jr G 6-0 189
#4 S. Wronkoski So G 6-5 190