MBB Game Notes: vs Northwestern St. (SLC Tourney)
March 16, 2013
No. 1 SFA (27-3, 16-2 SLC) vs No. 2 Northwestern State (22-8, 15-3 SLC)
The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn and Mark Adams on the call. The teams split their two meetings earlier this year with just a combined three points separating the teams. However, of the 80 minutes played in this year's series, SFA led for 63:55 of those minutes, inclduing all but 65 seconds of its March 2 win in Nacogdoches.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The 'Jacks finished the regular season with a 15-0 home mark, having won 18 games in a row at William R. Johnson Coliseum, a mark tied for fourth 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 130 for his career
SFA is 41-8 since the the beginning of the 2012 calendar year.
The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game averaging just 50.4 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.
KATY BAR THE DOOR: Since the Southland Conference Tournament moved to Katy, Texas for the 2007-08 season, the Lumberjacks have seen their fare share of success. SFA is now 8-4 in the Leonard E. Merrell Center after Friday's win over Southeastern, reaching the tournament finals twice and only bowing out after one game just once in 2011. Katy is also the site of SFA's only SLC Tournament win, coming in the 2009 season when it won the event as the No. 1 seed.