UAFS will encounter its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season at 4 p.m. on Saturday when the Lions host the No. 10 Northeastern State RiverHawks at the Stubblefield Center.
It also will be a battle of undefeated teams. Both UAFS and Northeastern State are 4-0. Live statistics and webcast will be available by visiting the UAFS athletics website. The game also will be broadcast on KFPW-AM 1230 and via the Internet at www.sportshog1031.com.
It will be the first meeting between the two programs, which are only 1 hour and 26 minutes apart.
UAFS is off to its best start since becoming a member of NCAA Division II in the fall of 2009. The Lions’ wins have come against Central Baptist College (116-61), Ouachita Baptist (88-79), Henderson State (84-77) and, most recently, Missouri Southern (74-72).
The Lions are averaging 90.5 points per game with seven players averaging double-figures in scoring – freshman guard Seth Youngblood (16.5), junior guard Tramel White (13.7), senior guard Xavier McClish (11.5), junior guard/forward Dusan Stojanovic (11.3), freshman guard Alex Cooper (11), senior guard Jake Toupal (11) and sophomore forward Kenny Martin (10.3).
UAFS is out-rebounding its opponents by almost 11 rebounds per game (43.2-32.5). Martin leads the Lions with 8.5 rebounds per game and is one of four Lions averaging five or more rebounds per game.
The Lions are allowing 72.2 points per game and forcing 14 turnovers per game. McClish and Youngblood lead the team with three steals apiece.
Northeastern State has wins against Ecclesia (102-65), Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (101-61), then-No. 25 Harding (72-66) and, most recently, Southwestern (92-57).
The RiverHawks are averaging 91.8 points per game with five players averaging double-figures in scoring – senior guard Bryton Hobbs (24.8), junior guard Michael Harmon (13.5), junior forward Landon DeMasters (11), junior guard Keon Littleton (11) and junior forward Curtis Evans (10).
Northeastern State is out-rebounding its opponents by almost five rebounds per game (37.8-33.2). Evans is averaging a double-double, collecting a team-high 11.5 rebounds per game. Three RiverHawks are averaging five or more rebounds per game.
The RiverHawks are allowing only 62 points per game and forcing 15.3 turnovers per game. Little leads the team with 11 steals.