Southland SIDs Tab SFA For Third-Place Finish
Oct. 22, 2007
KATY, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team is projected to finish in the middle of the Southland Conference West Division pack in the 2007-08 season, according to polls of league head coaches and sports information directors released Monday by conference officials.
SFA was picked to finish fourth in the head coaches' poll and tied for third with Texas-Arlington in the SID poll, but the Lumberjacks received one first-place vote in each poll. The Lumberjacks earned 40 points overall in the coaches' poll and 44 in SID voting.
Sam Houston State was the consensus first-place pick, earning 63 points with eight first-place nods in voting by coaches and 60 points with six first-place votes in the SID poll. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi finished second in both polls. In East Division polling, Northwestern State and Lamar split top billing, with the Demons earning the first-place slot in the SID poll and Lamar taking the number one spot in voting by coaches.
SFA is coming off a 15-14 season in 2006-07 that saw the Lumberjacks finish with an 8-8 mark in Southland play. SFA returns four of five starters and five lettermen overall from that squad, including 2007-08 Second-Team Preseason All-SLC selection Josh Alexander. The junior small forward led the Lumberjacks in both scoring and rebounding for the second straight year last season, when he was a Third-Team All-SLC selection.
SFA will open the 2007-08 season on Nov. 5, when the Lumberjacks host Abilene Christian in an exhibition contest. SFA will begin the regular season four days later with a Nov. 9 home game against Texas-Tyler.
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