The second game not always the same for UALR
UALR lost in November at St. Bonaventure 77-64 and hosts the Bonnies at 7:05 p.m. tonight at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock. Does that first meeting carry any weight? History suggests no.
Since Steve Shields took over as UALR's coach in 2003, the Trojans have played the same opponent twice in a season 39 times (not counting Sun Belt Tournament). UALR has swept the series 11 times, was swept 7 times and has split 21 times.
When UALR loses the first game, it is 12-7 in the second game under Shields. That includes this season's loss in November and victory in December against Oral Roberts.
And UALR is 10-5 when losing the first game on the road and playing the second game either at home or on a neutral court.
The score doesn't really matter either. Here's the biggest UALR turnarounds after losing the first game since Shields took over:
YEAR OPPONENT 1ST 2ND
07-08 Arkansas State L, 77-62 W 82-52
04-05 Middle Tennessee L, 85-50 W, 69-62
03-04 *Louisiana-Monroe L, 73-69 W, 82-56
10-11 *Oral Roberts L, 86-60 W, 52-49
05-06 *Appalachian State L, 75-65 W, 78-63
07-08 Denver L, 54-40 W, 66-55
03-04 Western Kentucky L, 86-71 W, 68-60
* Nonconference game