APP STATE vs. LA-MONROE GAME PREVIEW

Appalachian State will finish their Sun Belt regular season at home where the Mountaineers won their last two game set. Coming in first will be Louisiana-Monroe which is winless on the road in league play. This is one of those must-win games for App State. Not because it will ultimately mean that much in the pre-tournament standings but just because. No excuses in this one.

Appalachian State has one team behind them in the conference standings and this weekend Louisiana-Monroe comes to Boone. Like the Mountaineers, ULM is winless on the road in league play. Monroe arrives having lost their last five game in a row.

App State came up winless in Alabama last weekend despite playing another set of competitive games. But, as has happened throughout most of the season, something gets in the way of closing out victories.

Now, with Kelvin Robinson back following a month-long absence, Appalachian should be at full strength. And full strength should be more than enough against LA-Monroe.

LOUISIANA-MONROE WARHAWKS

Travis Munnings: After graduating four of their top five scorers ULM has turned to sophomore swing man Travis Munnings (6’6”) to lead this team. He averages 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds and battles hard. Munnings’ attempts come 60/40 from inside the arc vs. behind it, but if he gets loose with the ball foul him (61% from the FT line).

Sam McDaniel: Australian national and JUCO transfer swing man (6’6”), McDaniel shoots…a lot. He averages a shot around every two-and-a-half minutes in conference games, though his accuracy doesn’t match his frequency (37% FG/27% 3FG). Still, he has to be considered dangerous as he led ULM with 17 points in their only league win.

Nick Coppola: Here he is, that role player every Sun Belt team seems to have that has career games against Appalachian. Coppola averages 14.3 points and 4.3 assists in his career against App State, scoring 25 vs. App in Boone last season. He’s just a tough and smart player who seems to play his best against the Mountaineers.

Marvin Jean-Pierre: Another JUCO transfer (nearly half of Monroe’s roster is JC), Jean-Pierre is a drive-to-score player as opposed to a perimeter scorer. Play him to drive and dare him to shoot as he’s not a catalyst for his teammates. Jean-Pierre is an effective defender who likely gets the draw on Ronshad Shabazz.

Jordon Harris: 5’11” and, you guessed it, a junior-college transfer who specializes in taking three-pointers. Roughly 62% of his shots come from the arc so simply make sure you check him at the line, because he’s a reluctant shooter at best from anywhere else on the floor. His shooting from three has declined somewhat in conference play but is still near 40% for the season.

Marcus Washington: Shooting guard who loves to shoot, but does more of his damage inside the three-point line. The Warhawk guard who’s most likely to attack the rim and is very capable of doing damage. Interesting fact, despite being 6’2” Washington leads Louisiana-Monroe in blocked shots

GAME ANALYSIS

At 1-13 in Sun Belt play it’s obvious this Warhawk team has its struggles. If App State plays the way they did in their past two home games they will win this game going away. If they play the way they played in the first half of either games last weekend in Alabama they will win this game. If they play the way they played in the second half of the Alabama games then it gets interesting.

APP STATE 83 – ULM 66


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