The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks square off against the Little Rock Trojans in the fourth round of the SBC tournament at Lakefront Arena. The game gets underway at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, Mar. 13 and will air on ES2 and ES3.
The Trojans were victorious over Louisiana-Lafayette 72-65 in the 3. Josh Hagins played well, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Trojans. The Warhawks, meanwhile, are coming off an 82-71 win over UT Arlington in the 3. DeMondre Harvey led the game in scoring with 21 points on 9-for-9 shooting.
Harvey has been on fire over the last five games for the Warhawks, averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.8 blocks.
Points could be at a premium in this matchup between two of the nation’s best defenses. Little Rock ranks third in the nation in defensive efficiency (93.4), while Louisiana-Monroe is 20th (102.6). Also, the Warhawks commit the 19th-fewest errors in the nation (TO% of 18.2%), while the gambling defense of the Trojans causes the fifth-most (opponents’ TO% of 21.8%).
The two teams have split their matchups this season. The Trojans had the upper hand in the most recent game, a 72-65 win. Harvey was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.
Little Rock sits at 18-3 SU against its conference, while Louisiana-Monroe is 16-5 SU.
The Little Rock Trojans have the best defense in the country, giving up just 93.4 points per 100 possessions. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank 100th in offense, scoring 109.2 points in the same number of possessions.
Little Rock has an average field goal percentage of 45.6%. Louisiana-Monroe is a tremendous 6-1 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Little Rock Trojans rank lower for their field goal percentage (95th) than they do for their effective field goal percentage (66th), but the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a better FG% ranking (69th) than eFG% ranking (105th).
Little Rock ranks 70th in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.25. Louisiana-Monroe is ranked lower at 110th with an A/TO of 1.16.
On average, Louisiana-Monroe forces a turnover rate of 17.1%, ranked 16th in the nation. When Little Rock turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a superb 12-2 record.
Love poker but you’re having a hard time winning? I guess I can understand that feeling. I am also a gambling man at heart, but time and again, it seems Lady Luck doesn’t like me that much back in the day. Well, I guess that was just an excuse; the real reason why I couldn’t win at poker is because I didn’t do my research and I didn’t study the game at all.
The problem with poker is that it almost looks like it’s too easy of a game to play. Unfortunately, the moment you sit down at the table while trying to memorize all the steps on playing the game, you instantly forget everything the moment you start betting. Sure, not all first-time poker players are like that, but when you start losing money (or chips, for that matter), you start breaking into cold sweat and panic sets in. If you’re interested in playing poker, then my advice is to start small and to learn more about the game.
I had the luck of running into a friend who happens to be a professional poker player. The first thing he taught me was to listen and learn. Sounds easy, right?
Next, he started giving me the following advice:
Start by playing low-stakes poker – Have you seen the movie “God of Gamblers”? I know, the movie is too awesome to happen in real life. But even the “God of Gamblers” had to start small at first before he moved in into the big leagues. Therefore, you should also start small. In fact, even professional poker players realize that playing low-stakes poker is good for enhancing their poker playing skills.
By the way, it doesn’t matter if its real-life poker or online poker. If you’re a complete beginner, do yourself a favor and start with low-stakes poker so you don’t end up losing your savings in one game!
When playing in a casino, observe – When you’ve mastered enough tricks and tips in playing low-stakes poker, then it’s time to bring the game up a notch. But before you head towards the poker table to play a game, look around and observe the players first. As the mighty Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu once said, knowing your enemy is the key to winning a hundred battles against him. The same could be said with poker.
Take a look at how each of the poker players and try to learn their playing techniques and strategies. When you’re ready, you can start playing.
Keep your cool, even when you’re losing – A poker player respects another poker player who manages to keep his/her composure during the game. Remember that poker is a battle of wits; if your opponent sees you wiping your sweat constantly, it’s pretty much a clear indicator that you have a bad set of cards. Keep your cool, remain focused and keep your eyes on your cards.
Now I understand that this is a skill that is not easily learned. You can only become a calm and composed player thru years of experience in playing the game.