The Little Rock Trojans and Arkansas State Red Wolves meet Thursday in college basketball action at the First National Bank Arena. The Little Rock Trojans look for their fifth win. The Arkansas State Red Wolves look for their eighth win.
The Little Rock Trojans are averaging 72.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Myron Gardner is averaging 13.6 points and 9.5 rebounds, while DJ Smith is averaging 12.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. DeAntoni Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Nigel John is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Little Rock Trojans are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Little Rock Trojans are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves are averaging 68.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Caleb Fields is averaging 13.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while Malcolm Farrington is averaging 11.6 points and 1.7 assists. Omar El-Sheikh is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Markise Davis is dishing 1.2 assists. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.
The Trojans are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 road games and 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Red Wolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The over is 12-5 in Trojans last 17 Thursday games. The under is 8-2 in Red Wolves last 10 overall. The underdog is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Little Rock Trojans head into this game going through a bit of a cold stretch, and now they go on the road, where they lose by an average of 16.3 points. The Arkansas State Red Wolves shoot the ball above average, and they win at home by an average of 14 points. I get there's a rivalry aspect here, but this is a game the Red Wolves should win. I'll lay the chalk.