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Men’s Basketball to open conference play versus ranked foe


University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Men’s Basketball is set to welcome a ranked foe to the Stubblefield Center as the Lions begin Lone Star Conference play this week.

The Lions will take on No. 11 West Texas A&M Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Lubbock Christian on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Both games will be streamed on the Lone Star Conference Digital Network as well as broadcast on Fox Sports Radio 103.5. Live stats will be available at uafortsmithlions.com.


LAST WEEK: UAFS defeated Ecclesia in the Toy Toss game before dropping a road contest at Southern Nazarene.

MR. EFFICIENCY: Forward Furaha Cadeaux de Dieu is shooting a blistering 80.8 percent (21-for-26) from the field through five games.

LEAGUE OPENER: The Lions are 6-8 in conference openers.

OFFENSE, OFFENSE: Both UAFS and West Texas A&M rank in the top five in scoring in the LSC by averaging 87.8 and 84.8 points per game.

RANKED FOE: The last win for UAFS against a ranked opponent was in 2021-22, when the Lions defeated then No. 3 West Texas A&M.

RECORD WATCH: Guard Payton Brown ranks eighth with 903 career points and 121 career made threes.

SCOUTING WT: The Buffs are ranked No. 11 after a 4-1 start, with their lone loss coming against a common opponent in MSU Denver. Guard Larry Wise ranks second in the league averaging 23.5 points per game while also pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game.

SCOUTIN LCU: The Chaps are 4-3 to start the season and will be playing their first true road contest of the year. LCU is second in the league in scoring defense at 66.9 points per game and leads the LSC in assist/turnover ratio. Four Chaps average double figures, led by guard Tiras Morton at 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

THE SERIES: UAFS is 1-3 all-time against West Texas A&M and 5-11 versus Lubbock Christian.

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