UALR will have to win on the road if it hopes to surpass .500 season

UALR’s start to the 2012-2013 season has been for the most part solid. The Trojans have beat the teams they were supposed to beat – mostly in spectacular fashion – and lost to the teams they were supposed to lose to – in equally spectacular fashion. The only real exceptions were that UALR was not supposed to beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee or SMU and the only questionable loss came to South Carolina.

But where will the Trojans go from here? They have two more nonconference games remaining – vs. Tulsa and Louisiana Tech – before resuming the final 18 games of Sun Belt Conference play.

If UALR is going to contend in the Sun Belt’s West division, the Trojans is going to have to find ways to win on the road, something they’ve yet to do this season.

Based on the numbers of today, Omni Rankings believes UALR will finish the season 16-15 overall and 10-10 in Sun Belt Conference play. They believe UALR continues its home-road play with two exceptions. Omni Rankings has a loss at home to Middle Tennessee and a win on the road at Louisiana-Monroe.

Real Time RPI sees it a little differently. They have UALR set to finish 18-13 overall and 11-9 in Sun Belt Conference play. The two differences are next Monday’s game vs. Louisiana Tech and a Feb. 21 game at Florida International that RTRPI thinks UALR will win.

USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin is in the same ballpark. He has UALR to finish 16-15 overall and 10-10 in the Sun Belt Conference. He has WKU to sweep UALR but has the Trojans winning at Troy.

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