Central Arkansas (1-4) vs. VMI (2-3)
Lakefront Arena, New Orleans; Thursday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas and VMI look to bounce back from losses. Central Arkansas came up short in a 90-63 game at New Orleans in its last outing. VMI lost 59-54 to Presbyterian in its most recent game.
LEADING THE WAY: VMI’s Kamdyn Curfman has averaged 18.4 points while Jake Stephens has put up 14.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. For the Bears, Darious Hall has averaged 11 points and nine rebounds while Camren Hunter has put up 9.6 points.CLUTCH CURFMAN: Curfman has connected on 44.4 percent of the 45 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 13 for 29 over the last three games. He’s also made 100 percent of his foul shots this season.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Keydets have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bears. VMI has 52 assists on 84 field goals (61.9 percent) over its previous three outings while Central Arkansas has assists on 36 of 71 field goals (50.7 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The stout VMI defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 34.2 percent, the 10th-lowest mark in Division I. Central Arkansas has allowed opponents to shoot 48.6 percent through five games (ranking the Bears 329th).
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