Following the UAPB women's basketball game at H.O. Clemmons Arena, tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men's basketball team's undefeated Southwestern Conference record will be on the line Saturday when they host the Grambling State Tigers.
Grambling is one of two SWAC teams that the Golden Lions have yet to play this season.
While UAPB sits atop the SWAC standings with the only unbeaten record, Grambling is just three games back and tied for third place with Texas Southern.
UAPB Head Coach George Ivory and his guys have watched film on Grambling, and they have them well-scouted. Ivory spoke on what Grambling's first year Head Coach Donte' Jackson has been able to do in a short period of time.
"They're a pretty good basketball team from what we can see," Ivory said. "They execute and they're pretty solid. I think he's a done a pretty good job with that team. He inherited a couple of those guys and brought some in, and he's done a good job."
Ivory said that the Golden Lions have looked good in practice this week, and he believes if they prepare for and approach the game the right way, success will come.
"We're just trying to stay focused and realize that you can lose on any given night if you're not prepared," Ivory said. "We had a great practice yesterday. Their will to pay attention to detail is one of the good things about this group of guys."
Ivory went on to give credit to his assistant coaches for the work that they're putting in with the guys.
"My assistant coaches are doing a great job with the scouting report and breaking down film with the young men," Ivory said. "That's one of the best things about it is everybody is doing they're part."
Grambling has three players who average double-digit scoring, led by Ivy Smith Jr. at 14.5 points per game. All three of their leading scorers are guards, and they don't get a lot of scoring out of their front court.
However, they're out-rebounding UAPB on average 36-29, and that's one of the things the Golden Lions worked hard on in the past few practices.
"Our defense is what we've been keying on and rebounding a lot better," Ivory said.
UAPB junior guard Martaveous McKnight has gotten all the headlines for UAPB as of late. McKnight recently earned his third SWAC player of the week award, and he leads the SWAC in scoring at 19.3 points per game.
Four home games in a row are something for Ivory and his guys to be juiced up about as they've fed off of the home environment this season. The Golden Lions urge their supporters to keep up the good work, and they hope to see them Saturday.
"We're excited about our home games coming up," Ivory said. "The crowd has been spectacular in helping us pull out our home games this season. We hope they come out Saturday, and continue the support and we appreciate them."