The Records: Arkansas State (16-9, 10-6 Sun Belt West Division). The Red Wolves moved into first place in the SBC's West Division by knocking off instate rival UALR, 86-62, Thursday (2/14) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. ASU, which has won five of its last six games, is 4-7 on the road, 12-2 at home, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season.
ULM (4-17, 3-12 Sun Belt West Division). The Warhawks snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 85-73 conference home win over North Texas Thursday (2/14) in Monroe, La. ULM is 3-6 at home, 1-11 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season to date.
The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 77-75 (.507); Career - 358-291 (.552) – (10-1 vs. ULM). Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU. Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season.
ULM – Keith Richard (ULM, 1982), 3rd season, 14-67 (.173); Career: 15th season, 164-184 (.471) – (5-7 vs. ASU). Richard returned to his alma mater in April 2010 to become ULM’s seventh head coach and is presently the Sun Belt Conference’s 10th winningest coach in conference games. Prior to ULM, Richard spent two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant at LSU after serving as head coach at Louisiana Tech for nine seasons (1998-07). He was named the SBC’s Coach of the Year in his first season (1998-99) at LA Tech and tallied the third-most victories in the program’s history (150 wins). Richard also was an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech (1995-98), ULM (1989-94), and Marshall (1986-89). A two-time (1980-82) team captain at ULM, Richard spent two seasons (1984-86) as a Warhawks' graduate assistant coach.
About ULM: The Warhawks had four of their five starters reach double-figure scoring in the victory over North Texas (2/14) as junior guard Amos Olatayo (22 pts.) and junior forward Millaun Brown (21 pts.) lead the way. Brown also added eight rebounds while Olatayo hauled down seven boards.
• Amos Olatayo (15.8 ppg.), sophomore guard Trent Mackey (11.1 ppg.), and junior forward Jayon James (10.0 ppg) currently lead ULM in scoring while Jayon James’ 6.3 rpg. average is tops among the squad’s rebound leaders. James also leads the Warhawks in assists with a 5.1 apg. average.
• Nationally, ULM ranks 100th in three-point field goal pct. (35.4%) thru games of Feb. 14 while the Warhawks are 116th in steals (7.4 spg.), 125th in assists (13.6 spg.), 170th in three-point field goals (6.1 avg.), 173rd in field goal pct. (43.2%), 284th in scoring defense (71.3 ppg.), and 304th in scoring offense (61.1 ppg.). Trent Mackey is 13th in three-point field goal pct. (43.8%) and 35th in three-point field goals (2.71 avg.) while Jayon James is 56th in assists (5.1 apg.), and Amos Olatayo 144th in points (15.8 ppg.).
• ULM compiled a 3-26 record overall for the 2011-12 season, which included a sixth-place 2-14 SBC West Division mark. The Warhawks were 3-13 on the road, 0-13 at home, and 0-0 at neutral sites last season.
All-Time Series: A-State leads 31-21 over ULM in the all-time series which dates back to the 1954-55 season as the Red Wolves suffered a 104-91 loss to the Warhawks. ASU is 7-16 on the road, 23-5 at home, and 1-0 at neutral sites versus ULM.
• The Red Wolves have a current six-game winning streak, which includes a 63-39 home triumph earlier this season (1/19). A season ago, ASU claimed a pair of victories – 65-63 at ULM (12/31) and 72-64 at home (2/2). ASU is averaging 69.3 points a game (416 pts.) while ULM is scoring 57.5 points per contest average (345 pts.) in those six outings.
• ASU is 10-1 in its last 11 meetings against ULM – 6-0 at home and 4-1 on the road. ULM’s most recent win occurred in the 1985-86 season (2/13/86) with a 64-63 home decision.
• A-State has won three of its last four at ULM after dropping the previous three. ASU is averaging 75.5 ppg. (302 pts.) in the last four matchups while Warhawks have averaged 68.8 ppg. (275 pts.).
• Seven of last 11 games have been decided by eight points or less, including four by three points or less.
• In this season’s first tilt (1/19) at ASU, Trey Finn
’s 17 points led three Red Wolves in double-figure scoring. Junior guard Ed Townsel
added 13 points while senior forward Brandon Peterson
scored 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Sun Belt Conference Games: The Red Wolves are 181-179 (.503) since joining the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in the 1991-92 season, which includes a season-best 14-4 (.778) mark in the 1997-98 campaign.
• A-State sports a 43-18 (.705) record at home and is 16-18 (.471) on the road since the 2006-07 season.
• ASU head coach John Brady
has registered a 43-41 record (.512) in Sun Belt Conference contests since his arrival in the 2008-09 season, which consists of a 32-10 home ledger and a 12-29 away mark.
• The Red Wolves are 19-30 (.388) in February conference games dating back to 2006-07 – 13-10 at home and 6-20 on the road. ASU’s best mark was 5-1 in the 2010-11 season as the Red Wolves went 3-0 at home and 2-1 on the road en route to a 5-2 overall record.
• A-State posted a fifth-place 6-10 league mark in the 2011-12 season – 5-3 at home and 1-7 on the road.
• Ed Townsel
(12.4 ppg.), Trey Finn
(11.2 ppg.), and Brandon Peterson
(9.9 ppg.) lead A-State in conference scoring as the trio have combined for 49.2% (537-1,092) of the team’s points production. Peterson leads the Red Wolves in rebounding (9.3 rpg.) while Rakeem Dickerson
is tops in steals (1.7 spg.). Dickerson is ASU’s assists leader with a 2.3 apg. average.
Better Than Before: The Red Wolves’ 16 victories to date this season exceeds the 2011-12 campaign’s 14 wins (14-20 record). ASU is now one victory shy from equalling the program’s most single-season win total of 17 during current head coach John Brady’s tenure at A-State. The 2009-10 team posted a 17-14 overall ledger followed by a 17-15 mark in the 2010-11 campaign. The Red Wolves have compiled double-digitvictories in each of their last five seasons to date and 15 times since the 1987-88 campaign.
Senior forward Brandon Peterson
recorded his ninth double-double of this season with 20 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs, in Thursday’s (2/14) 86-62 home conference triumph over rival UALR. Peterson, who has totaled four double-doubles in 2013 to date, was one point shy of matching a personal career single-game high in points. He scored a career-best 21 points at Lamar in the 2009-10 season (1/4/10).
Senior guard Ed Townsel
produced his 18th game with double-digit points after tallying 15 points off the bench against UALR (2/14). Townsel has attained double-figure points in four of his last five outings and is averaging 11.0 ppg. (55 pts.) during that five-game span. He has scored at least 15 points in a contest on 11 occasions this campaign.
Incredible Shot: Ed Townsel
was featured on an ESPN’s SportsCenter Thursday (2/14) night for his successful second-half circus shot against UALR (2/14). Townsel was nudged by a UALR player on the baseline and threw the ball up off balance from about 15 feet which hit the front rim of the ASU basket and then the
backboard before going down and into the net.
Red Wolf Howlings:
Junior forward Kendrick Washington
has grabbed more offensive rebounds (48) than defensive boards (43) ... Brandon Peterson’s
squad-best 243 rebounds this season represents 29.2% of ASU’s rebounding output and is also 24 boards away from matching his career single-season high of 267 rebounds set in the 2011-12 campaign ... Senior guard Marcus Hooten
is two field goals shy of the 200 career mark ... Brandon Peterson
is 33 points away from tying Dewarick Spencer (2003-05; 1,073 careerpts.) for 21st place among ASU’s all-time scoring leaders ... Trey Finn
is eight points shy of reaching the 1,100 points mark and is 19 away from moving into a 17th-place tie with Mike Burk (1964-68; 1,111 career pts.) on A-State’s career scoring list ... Trey Finn
, who has 172 career three-point field goals, is three shy of occupying third place with Ryan Wedel (2006-08; 175 career) on the Red Wolves’ career leaders list ... Freshman guard Cameron Golden
has recorded double-figure points in three of his last four appearances, which included a season-best 18 points against North Texas (2/2), and is averaging 12.3 ppg. (49 pts.) during the four-game period ... Kendrick Washington
is averaging 10.0 ppg. (20 pts.) and 7.0 rpg. (14 rebs.) in his last two outings. He netted double-digit points for the fifth time this season with 11 against UALR (2/14) to go with
a season-most five assists ... Brandon Peterson’s
28 steals in 25 games this season is a personal career
best, surpassing his 23 thefts in 34 contests a season ago ... Ed Townsel
(45 steals) and sophomore guard Rakeem Dickerson
(39 steals) have combined for 35.7% (84-229) of the squad’s output.
2012-13 Reference Guide Now Online: The 2012-13 A-State men's basketball reference guide is now available to view online in a PDF format and contains information for all devoted Red Wolves fans. The 110-page publication features such information as 2012-13 student-athlete rosters, season preview, student-athlete biographies, coaching staff bios, 2011-12 season statistics, and all-time series records along with career, season, and game statistical records. The annual publication is a production of the ASU Sports Information Office under the direction of director Jerry Scott along with assistant directors Chris Graddy and Joe Gorby. To view the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball publication online, please visit the respective link - 2012-13 Arkansas State Men's Basketball Reference Guide.
A Season Ago: A-State concluded the 2011-12 campaign at 14-20 overall and posted a fifth-place 6-10 mark in the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) West Division. The Red Wolves were 10-5 at home, 2-14 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
2012-13 ASU Basketball Promotions: The ASU Athletics Marketing Department will feature special promotions for each remaining 2012-13 Red Wolves' home basketball game. Click on this link to view this season's promotion schedule.
2013 SBC Basketball Tourney Tickets On Sale: Tickets for the 2013 Sun BeltConference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 8-11 at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., are now on sale. Tickets are on sale for $93 per booklet. Each booklet includes a ticket to each session for both the men’s and women’s games covering all four days. If you are interested in reserving your seats to the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, please call the ASU Box Office at (870) 972-2781, or you may order your tickets online at www.tickets.astate.edu. Hotel packages can be reserved by calling (501) 624-5521.
Up Next: Arkansas State wraps up the home portion of its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, against the Troy Trojans in Jonesboro, Ark. The Sun Belt Conference contest is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (CT) start at the ASU Convocation Center. The ASU men's basketball program will recognize its three senior student-athletes - Trey Finn, Brandon Peterson, and Marcus Hooten prior to the regular-season home finale.