PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Mississippi Valley State University men’s basketball program will lock in its focus on the Golden Lions of UAPB, hoping to crash the opposing seniors’ send-off party.
What You Need to Know
- Time and Date: Saturday, February 26 (4 p.m.)
- Video: https://uapblionsroar.com/watch/?Live=272&type=Live (UAPB Sports Network)
- Audio: http://www.gwoodlive.com/ (Lee Hall & Joshua Davis)
- Live Stats: https://uapblionsroar.com/sidearmstats/mbball
- Tickets: N/A
- Records: Mississippi Valley State (2-23, 2-13 SWAC) | Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-22, 4-11 SWAC)
- Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas – H.O. Clemmons Arena
- Series History: Mississippi Valley State Leads 40-37
- Last Meeting: January 29, 2022 | Arkansas-Pine Bluff 74, Mississippi Valley State 68 | Itta Bena, Mississippi (R.W. Harrison HPER Complex)
- Winning Streak: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (W3) | Mississippi Valley State’s Last Win: March 7, 2020 (74-71)
Mississippi Valley State Overview
Kadar Waller has shot back up the leaderboard for free-throw percentage nationally, cracking back into the top-25 with an 87.9% success rate at the charity stripe.
David McCoy has easily been the top defender on the ballclub this season, averaging 1.54 takeaways per game to rank ninth in the league.
Devin Gordon can carry the team on his back when he gets the hot hand, evidenced by his seventh-best three-pointers a night clip in the Southwestern Athletic Conference at an even two triples.
Scouting The Opponent: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
UAPB is still holding onto its slim SWAC Tournament chances, currently sitting two games behind Alabama State for the eighth and final slot with three games remaining.
This matchup will pair two teams with similar playing styles as the Golden Lions also likes to make a bunch of threes (6.4 per game) but Valley’s defense will be put to the test as Pine Bluff commits the third-fewest turnovers in the league at 13.5 a night.
Shawn Williams is a three-point assassin and a cold-blooded free throw shooter, leading the SWAC with an average of 2.88 of the former while racking up the seventh-best free throw percentage in the land at 91.3%.
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