Central Arkansas squares off against Sam Houston State in the first round of the Southland Tournament at Leonard E. Merrell Center on Wednesday. It takes place at 8:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Southland Digital Network. The Bears fell to the Bearkats 80-75 on Feb. 16 and are 0-6 against them over the last four years.
The Bears got past Oral Roberts 86-84 on Mar. 9 with the help of 34 points from Jarvis Garner. He leads the team with 16.1 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. For the Bearkats, James Thomas finished with 16 points and six rebounds in the 84-73 loss to Northwestern State on Mar. 9. With 9.4 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Sam Houston State is defensive rebounding percentage at 73.3, which ranks second in their conference (and 22nd nationally).
StatSmack! Central Arkansas is better than Sam Houston State
The Central Arkansas scoring leader (Jarvis Garner, 435 points) has more points than the Sam Houston State scoring leader (James Thomas, 282 points).
The Central Arkansas rebounding leader (Jarvis Garner, 187 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Sam Houston State rebounding leader (James Thomas, 170 rebounds).
Robert Crawford is ranked 7th in the Southland in points and 25th nationally in three-pointers.
Central Arkansas has a potent offense, scoring more points (76.9 per game vs. 64.2 per game) than Sam Houston State this season.