MBB Game Notes: vs Sam Houston State
March 6, 2013
SFA (24-3, 14-2 SLC) vs Sam Houston State (15-13, 8-8 SLC)
• SFA has never clinched a Southland Conference title on its home floor, having claimed both the 2008 and 2009 crowns on the road. Each of SFA’s final two regular season games are on its home floor, both vs teams it has already defeated on the road.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• The 'Jacks enter Saturday with a 13-0 home mark, having won 16 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 has become SFA's all-time shot blocker with 122 for his career
• SFA is 38-8 since the the beginning of the 2012 calendar year.
• The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game averaging just 50.6 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.
PREVIOUS PURPLE CROWNS: SFA is just one win away from claiming its third Southland Conference title, all of which will have come under Danny Kaspar and each in the last six seasons. The Lumberjacks previously claimed titles in both the 2007-08 (26-6, 13-3 SLC) and 2008-09 (24-8, 13-3 SLC) seasons, but this could be be the most dominating run of the three as the ‘Jacks enter the final two games of the regular season with just two losses in its first 16 league games.
LEADING THE PACK: With a 24-3 record it is logical to think that the ‘Jacks have played from ahead most of this year, but it is staggering when you break it down. SFA has led at the half of 23 of its 27 games and won 19 games by double digits, but of 540 minutes played in the second half, SFA has only trailed for 34:37 of them, which is just 6.4% of all minuts played in the second period.