MBB Game Notes: vs Nicholls
Jan. 18, 2013
SFA (15-1, 6-0 SLC) vs Nicholls (4-11, 3-2 SLC)
• SFA’s win over Southeastern Louisiana gave SFA a 6-0 start in league play, marking the best start to league play for the ‘Jacks since the 2002-03 team started 10-0. The ‘Jacks 15-1 overall start has also eclipsed the 2007-08 team’s 12-1 start as the best start for an SFA squad since the progam moved to Division I at the beginning of the 1987-88 season and is the best start overall since the 1985-86 team started the year with a 17-1 mark.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• SFA's current nine-game win streak is tied with UCLA for the 9th longest in the nation. The `Jacks have also won 12 games in a row at William R. Johnson Coliseum, a mark tied for 12th best in the country.
• Stephen F. Austin and Wisconsin are the only two programs in the nation to be ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense each of the last five seasons.
• SFA's win over McNeese State was Danny Kaspar's 450th of his career.
• SFA played exactly 30 games in the 2012 calendar year, going 24-6 in those games.
• The Lumberjacks enter Thursday's game averaging just 49.4 points allowed per game, the lowest mark in the country.
SFA AMONG THE ELITE: After Michigan fell on Sunday at Ohio State, there were no unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball; however, entering Saturday there are nine one-loss teams remaining across the country with the Lumberjacks' 15-1 record putting them in that group. Each of the other eight teams left in the group are ranked no lower than No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25. Here is a list of the nine remaining one-loss teams in college basketball:
BLOCK PARTY: Taylor Smith averaged 1.31 blocks pe rgame in less than 20 minutes of play as a junior, but this year that number is expected to skyrocket, and through four games he has not disappointed. Smith, who was a two-time league defensive player of the year at McLennan CC before coming to SFA, has 42 blocks (2.6 bpg) in the first 13 games of the season. Only two SFA players in the Division I era have blocked more shots in a single season than Smith's 42 a year ago and only one Lumberjack has ever led the league in blocks -- Tim Holloway in 1989-90. Smith's 2.5 blocks per game currently ranks first in the league.