Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans @ Kentucky Wildcats (2): Game Preview

Happy New Year to all A Sea of Blue readers, and welcome to the first game preview of 2012. Tonight's game sets the Kentucky Wildcats against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at Rupp Arena West, otherwise known as Freedom Hall in Louisville. Fair warning - I will be in attendance at tonight's event, so if you see a balding, middle aged man decked out in Kentucky blue and cheering wildly for the 'Cats, you never know, it might be your humble correspondent.

It also might be somebody else. I'm about as nondescript as they come.

Anyway, to tonight's affair. Here's what you need to know about the UALR Trojans:

Need-To-know Information – Arkansas Little Rock Trojans
Location Little Rock, Ark.
Founded 1927
Enrollment 13062
School Colors Maroon, Silver & Black
Conference Sun Belt (West Division)
Head Coach Steve Shields
HC Record @ UALR 137-122
HC Record Overall 213-172
2010-11 Overall record 19-17
Conference Finish 7-9 (5th in West)
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Lettermen Returning/Lost 6/6
Last NCAA Appearance 2011, 4th appearance
Last NIT Appearance 1996 (3rd overall)

UALR assistant coach Joe Klein might be familiar to some of you, as he is a former NBA player that played from 1985-2000 for various and sundry NBA teams, and wears a championship ring from the 1998 Chicago Bulls team that famously featured Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen.

Team Comparison:


Kentucky UALR
Split W-L Pct W-L Pct
Home 10-0 1.0 3-4 0.429
Away 0-1 0.0 2-6 0.25
Neutral 3-0 1.0 0-0 -
Conference 0-0 - 2-0 1.0
Conf Home 0-0 - 0-0 -
Conf Away 0-0 - 2-0 1.0
Conf Neutral 0-0 - 0-0 -
Top 25 3-1 0.75 0-1 0.0
RPI 1-50 4-1 0.8 0-1 0.0
RPI 51-100 1-0 1.0 1-3 0.25
RPI 101-150 1-0 1.0 0-2 0.0
RPI 151-200 3-0 1.0 2-2 0.5
RPI 200+ 4-0 1.0 1-2 0.333

ULAR has struggled on the road and at home much of this season, but they convincingly beat a decent Denver team on the road their last time out. UALR dominated Denver on the glass much as Kentucky dominated Louisville last Saturday despite the fact that they are a generally poor offensive rebounding team, and shot the ball extremely well.

UALR Personnel:

# Name Pos Status Ht. Wt. Class M% P% ORat eFG% DR% OR% A% S% B% Notes
53 Will Neighbour F Starter 6-10 200 Sophomore 68.2 24.5 98.4 51.4 18.0 8.4 4.2 1.7 5.1 1,3,6,8
12 Courtney Jackson F Starter 6-6 221 Senior 66.1 16.7 91.3 50.5 14.4 5.8 9.0 0.9 0.9 7,
23 Taggart Lockhart F Starter 6-5 201 Freshman 41.6 16.0 100.4 45.6 13.3 6.4 7.7 1.1 1.5 4,
10 D`Andre Williams G Starter 5-10 156 Senior 82.9 24.5 91.2 43.0 12.2 2.0 29.0 2.6 0.0 1,2,4,5,7
13 Chuck Guy G Starter 5-10 164 Sophomore 73.2 19.6 101.2 42.9 12.7 1.3 11.7 2.8 0.2 5,
24 Ben Dillard F Sixth Man 6-2 190 Freshman 37.0 15.6 110.4 50.0 10.2 2.0 13.6 2.1 0.0
44 Michael Javes F Major Res. 6-10 223 Freshman 35.3 20.7 78.5 42.5 15.4 6.9 2.2 0.3 9.6
2 Tramar Sutherland G Major Res. 6-3 199 Senior 34.2 18.6 88.6 36.1 9.2 10.6 10.2 2.3 0.0
21 Marlon Louzeiro F Reserve 6-7 241 Senior 22.9 14.3 104.8 59.0 22.4 3.3 4.7 0.4 0.9
33 James White F Reserve 6-7 192 Freshman 2.5 34.8 65.1 50.0 0.0 21.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
5 Eric Lawton G Reserve 6-0 144 Junior 26.9 20.3 90.5 43.0 7.3 2.1 11.9 2.2 0.0
22 Reggie Fondren G Reserve 6-3 190 Junior 12.7 12.5 108.4 56.6 9.3 3.0 11.3 2.3 1.7
55 Gus Leeper F Unavailable 6-9 229 Sophomore Out with injury








1 Casey Wilmath G Unavailable 6-2 156 Freshman Probable redshirt








11 Tre`von Wilkerson G Unavailable 5-7 145 Freshman Probable redshirt


























Notes














1 Leading scorer
2 Leading assist
3 Leading rebounder
4 3-point shooter
5 Excellent defender
6 Offensive rebounder
7 Foul prone
8 Questionable due to injury

Four Factors to Winning:

Game Analysis:

Generally speaking, this is likely to be an uncompetitive game. UALR suffered a significant injury to promising forward Gus Leeper over the summer, and although others have tried to pick up the slack, their success has been marginal at best. Worse, leading scorer and rebounder Will Neighbor suffered a shoulder injury in the last game against Denver and is questionable for tonight's game.

Where UALR can give Kentucky trouble is in the fact that they are a good defensive rebounding team and get to the line quite a lot. I haven't seen UALR play this year, but they appear to be mostly a man team who also uses zone some of the time. I suspect that if they use the zone at all, we will see that tonight versus Kentucky.

The Trojans do not get an inordinate amount of their points from three. They have decent size and play a pretty conventional game, but they have been hotter lately from the perimeter and are likely to put up more shots from there tonight than they normally do.

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