Russell, La.-Lafeyette host UTA

Texas-Arlington (11-11, 7-7) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (14-7, 8-6)

Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Friday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Shahada Wells and Texas-Arlington will go up against Cedric Russell and Louisiana-Lafayette. The junior Wells has scored 22 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 17.6 over his last five games. Russell, a senior, is averaging 18.4 points over the last five games.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: Wells is averaging 16.6 points and 2.1 steals to lead the charge for the Mavericks. Sam Griffin is also a big contributor, putting up 13.9 points per game. The Ragin’ Cajuns have been led by Russell, who is averaging 17.8 points.

CREATING OFFENSE: Wells has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Texas-Arlington field goals over the last three games. Wells has 20 field goals and 12 assists in those games.

WINNING WHEN: The Ragin’ Cajuns are 9-0 when holding opponents to 41.8 percent or worse from the field, and 5-7 when opponents shoot better than that. The Mavericks are 5-0 when at least five of their players score in double-figures and 6-11 on the year otherwise.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Mavericks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cajuns. Louisiana-Lafayette has 32 assists on 81 field goals (39.5 percent) across its previous three games while Texas-Arlington has assists on 32 of 64 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked second among Sun Belt teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33.7 percent. The Ragin’ Cajuns have averaged 12 offensive boards per game.


For more AP college basketball coverage: and


This was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up