MBB Game Notes: at Sam Houston State
Feb. 19, 2013
SFA (21-3, 12-2 SLC) at Sam Houston State (14-11, 8-5 SLC)
• This will be the 185th time the ‘Jacks and the ‘Kats have squared off on the hardwood and is critical for SFA, who comes into Wednesday’s action tied for first place with Northwestern State atop the Southland Conference.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• SFA’s 11-game win streak came to an end at Northwestern State. At the time it was the second-longest active win streak in the country. The ‘Jacks have also won 15 games in a row at William R. Johnson Coliseum, a mark tied for sixth 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.
• Taylor Smith became SFA’s all-time shot blocker vs McNeese St., moving past Matt Kingsley (102)
• SFA is 35-8 since the the beginning of the 2011 calendar year.
• The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game averaging just 49.9 points allowed per game, the lowest mark in the country. No team in the nation has ended the year allowing an average of less than 50 points per game since the 1992-93 Princeton Tigers.
SFA WITH THE ELITE: SFA dropped just its third game of the season at on Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana, but still ranks at the top of the country with its 21-2 record. They are joined by Gonzaga, Duke, Louisiaan Tech, Memphis, Florida, Indiana, Duke and Miami (FL) as teams left in the country with three or less losses.
HE SAID, WE SAID: Despite being just two hours apart and having played nealry every season since 1925, SFA and Sam Houston State still cannot agree with who holds the edge in the series. The ‘Jacks claim a 98-87 all-time advantage, while the ‘Kats claim to hold a 96-92 edge. Record incopletion, along with SFA not having a varsity team in the 1940s during a portion of World War II add to the discrepencies.
HALF WAY THERE: The ‘Jacks were not at their best when playing from behind in 2011-12, but were exceptional when playing from out in front. That was most evident by the fact that the ‘Jacks went 19-1 a year ago when taking a lead into the half. Conversely, SFA was 1-11 when trailing at the break. This season had followed suit with the ‘Jacks winning each of their first 19 games of the year when leading at the break before Saturday’s loss at Southeastern. In that game SFA held a 23-21 lead at the midway point before eventually falling 54-50.