MBB: vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 8, 2013
SFA (25-3, 15-2 SLC) vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-22, 6-11 SLC)
• SFA’s win on Thursday clinched the No. 1 overall seed for the ‘Jacks in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament to be held in Katy, Texas. The ‘Jacks will receive two byes, and will need just a semifinal win on Friday at 5:00 p.m. to move into the tournament championship.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• The 'Jacks enter Saturday with a 14-0 home mark, having won 17 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 126 for his career
• SFA is 39-8 since the the beginning of the 2012 calendar year.
• The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game averaging just 50.2 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.
FIRST HALF KNOCKOUT: As the top scoring defense in the country, the Lumberjacks have managed to hold 10 of their 28 opponents to under 20 points in the first half this season, taking a lead into the break 24 times; however, SFA did itself one better at McNeese State, holding the Cowboys to just nine points in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 26-9 halftime lead. The nine points scored was the first time an SFA team has held an opponent to single digits in a half since Central Arkansas scored just seven points in a win in Nacogdoches during the 2008-09 season. That mark is tied for the fourth-lowest first-half total in the country this year.