PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff women’s and men’s basketball teams return home for important Southwestern Athletic Conference games this weekend in the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Saturday, UAPB will face Prairie View A&M in a 5 p.m. doubleheader, followed by Monday’s 5:30 p.m. doubleheader vs. Texas Southern.

Saturday’s game is the blackout game, as Golden Lion Nation is encouraged to wear all black against Prairie View in the Faculty / Staff Appreciation game. Monday’s game is the First Responders Game, and all police, fire, military and EMS are admitted free up to four people with identification or in uniform.

The UAPB Sports Network broadcast begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on 99.3 FM The Beat, online at uapblionsroar.com/live and on the free UAPB Athletics App. The games will also be video streamed at uapblionsroar.com/watch.

With just five games remaining in the regular season, every contest becomes heighted in importance in earning a berth in the Cricket Wireless SWAC Basketball Tournament which beings March 10.

The UAPB women are currently eighth in the standings one game ahead of Grambling. The Lady Lions are coming off road losses at Southern and Alcorn, but posted strong efforts in defeat. Aiya El Hassan recorded her first career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds), and Katherine Darden had a career high in points (14) along with seven rebounds at Southern.

In Monday’s game at Alcorn, UAPB erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take the lead in the third quarter but could not hold on in losing for the fourth time in the last nine games by three points or less.

This will be the second meeting UAPB and Prairie View this season, with the Lady Panthers winning 61-51 at home on January 25. PVAMU has won three straight and six of its last seven games and is currently in fifth place in the standings. Bernesha Peters (10.5 pts) leads PV in scoring, and Ke’Asia Williams (6.4) is fourth in the SWAC in rebounds.

On the men’s side, the Golden Lions are currently the ninth seed looking to surpass Alabama A&M over the next few weeks. The men also are coming off road losses at Southern and Alcorn. Zavian Jackson provided a spark off the bench in both games, scoring a team-high 14 points at Southern, followed by 11 at Alcorn.

Terrance Banyard posted his second double-double in the last three games, third of the season, and fourth of his career with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Alcorn.

UAPB will play the top two teams in the SWAC this weekend beginning with defending conference champion and first-place team in Prairie View, which has won four straight games and coming off a Monday night home win over Jackson St. Gerard Andrus (3rd in SWAC at 14.8 ppg.) and Devonte Patterson (8th in SWAC at 14.1 ppg.) both rank in the Top 10 in scoring.