Nicholls on Top Heading Into Final Two Weeks
UIW (5-19, 0-14 SLC) and Northwestern State (3-22, 0-14 SLC) round out tonight’s slate with a 7 p.m. tipoff. Abilene Christian (15-12, 7-7 SLC) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-16, 5-9 SLC) were scheduled to battle tonight but dangerous road conditions forced the teams to move the game to Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m. Week nine of league action begins at 6:30 CT tonight when Nicholls takes on McNeese in Lake Charles and Sam Houston and New Orleans tipoff in Huntsville. The Colonels took the first meeting against the Cowboys 85-80 in Thibodeaux on Jan. 10. The Bearkats and Privateers are meeting for the first and only time this regular season. Saturday, Feb. 24UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 1:30 p.m.Houston Baptist at McNeese* – 3:30 p.m.Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian* – 4 p.m.Lamar at Stephen F. Austin* – 6 p.m.New Orleans at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State* – 6 p.m.* – Conference Game • See You in Katy: Not a single team had clinched a spot in the 2018 Southland Confernece Basketball Tournament heading into Saturday’s games. Following the results, five teams with at least 11 wins have booked their tickets to Katy: Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and New Orleans. Lamar could be the next team to earn a berth with a win Wednesday over Houston Baptist paired with a McNeese loss to Nicholls.• In Colonels Control: After a one-point victory over Sam Houston State on Wednesday followed by a four-point win past Central Arkansas on Saturday, Nicholls remains in first place and controls its own fate toward a Southland Conference regular season championship. Two weeks are left in the 2017-18 season as the Colonels search for their first title since 1998.• Hear Them Roar: Southeastern Louisiana clinched its 14th-straight trip to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 68-54 win over Abilene Christian. The Lions ride a five-game win streak into Saturday’s game at Northwestern State; this is their first five-game win streak since Feb. 13-March 3, 2006. SLU now owns 12 Southland Conference wins this season, the second most in program history (13, 2004-05).• Pursuing Perfection: Stephen F. Austin plays its next three games at home, hosting Central Arkansas on Wednesday, Lamar on Saturday and Abilene Christian next week. The Lumberjacks hold a 14-0 record in Nacogdoches this season. SFA and Sam Houston State are the only teams undefeated at home in conference play.• Wild, Wild Wednesday: A battle toward the top takes place Wednesday in Huntsville as Sam Houston State welcomes New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. for their lone meeting of the season. Nicholls looks to remain the league leader, traveling to Lake Charles, La., to face a McNeese squad fighting for a spot in the tournament.Schedule:Wednesday, Feb. 21Nicholls at McNeese* – 6:30 p.m.New Orleans at Sam Houston State* – 6:30 p.m.Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin* – 7 p.m.Northwestern State at UIW* – 7 p.m.Lamar at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls sits in the driver’s seat heading into the final two weeks of Southland Conference regular-season action. The Lumberjacks seek revenge on Central Arkansas (13-14, 7-7 SLC) at 7 p.m. after the Bears squeezed a 100-92 win in Conway on Jan. 24. Lamar (17-11, 9-6 SLC) is closing in on being the next team to clinch a berth in the Southland Tournament. With a win tonight at Houston Baptist (6-21, 2-12 SLC) and a Nicholls win over McNeese, the Cardinals will claim a spot in the tourney. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Additional Storylines: The Colonels (18-9, 12-2 SLC) lead the league with their eyes on their first Southland championship since 1998. Southeastern Louisiana (18-10, 12-3 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (22-5, 11-3 SLC) remain in the mix for the championship title and the No. 1 seed at the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas. Sam Houston State (17-11, 11-4 SLC) and New Orleans (14-12, 11-4 SLC) trail right behind in the standings. All five teams clinched a spot in the Southland postseason Saturday.