MBB Game Notes: at Long Beach State
Feb. 21, 2013
SFA (22-3, 12-2 SLC) at Long Beach State (17-9, 11-2 Big West)
The `Jacks are currently 1-1 all-time in BracketBusters games, knocking of High Point in 2012 and falling to Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006. This will be its third all-time meeting with Long Beach State, with the 49ers having won each of the previous two meetings.
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 has become SFA's all-time shot blocker with 117 for his career
SFA is 36-8 since the the beginning of the 2011 calendar year.
The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game averaging just 49.7 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 22-3 record. They are joined by Gonzaga, Duke, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Indiana, Duke and Miami (FL) as teams left in the country with three or less losses.
CARDINAL RULE: SFA had no issues with downing Lamar in its first meeting this season, blasting the Cardinals by 36 points in a 79-43 win. What was more impressive was the fact that the the 36-point margin of victory was SFA's largest margin of victory in a conference game since SFA joined the Southland Conference for the 1987-88 season. Recently the `Jacks matched that margin in its 72-36 win over Central Arkansas on Thursday.