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Stephen F. Austin (23-8) vs Sam Houston State (24-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 13th, 4:05 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Merrell Center (5,600) -- Katy, Texas. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: SFA 13-2, Sam Houston State 13-1. Away Record: SFA 6-6, Sam Houston State 7-6. Neutral Record: SFA 4-0, Sam Houston State 4-0. Conference Record: SFA 11-5, Sam Houston State 14-2. Series Record: Stephen F. Austin leads, 92-89.

GAME NOTES: With an NCAA Tournament bid on the line, the top-seeded Sam Houston State Bearkats will battle the second-seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game at the Merrell Center.

Last season the Lumberjacks captured this event's title with a win over Texas- San Antonio. This season the Lumberjacks finished 11-5 in league play and racked up 23 overall victories. SFA began this tournament with a 77-54 victory over UT-Arlington and followed that with a 60-53 decision over Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.

As for the Bearkats, they began this event with a 62-57 victory over Nicholls State and then defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 88-85, in semifinal round play. Sam Houston State was outstanding throughout the season, racking up 24 victories, while finishing with an impressive 14-2 ledger in conference play.

The Lumberjacks hold a 92-89 edge over Sam Houston State, but the Bearkats have won seven of the last 10 meetings, including a 66-57 decision over Stephen F. Austin earlier this season.

The Lumberjacks were not overwhelming in their semifinal matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but the team did enough to grab a seven-point victory. Stephen F. Austin shot 47.8 percent from the field in the matchup, and also connected on 6-of-13 attempts from behind the arc. Walt Harris led the way with 15 points in the win, while Jordan Glynn and Jereal Scott posted 11 points apiece. Eddie Williams added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the matchup. Williams has been one of the best players on the floor this season for SFA, as the guard is contributing 13.6 ppg, to go along with 5.9 rpg. Scott is helping out with 12.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg, while Harris is posting 11.3 ppg for the Lumberjacks.

The Bearkats exploded at the offensive end of the floor in their victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday, as Sam Houston State scored 88 points in the win. The team shot 43.3 percent from the floor, and finished with an impressive 11-of-23 clip from behind the arc. The Bearkats also enjoyed 30 points off 21 Southeastern Louisiana turnovers. Ashton Mitchell scored 18 points and dished out seven assists, while Corey Allmond also posted 18 points. Gilberto Clavell added 16 points, while Lance Pevehouse and Preston Brown contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Clavell is pacing the team on the season with 16.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Allmond is contributing 15.8 ppg, while Mitchell is netting 12.6 ppg, to go along with 156 assists.

The Bearkats have gotten the better of SFA over the past few seasons, and they hold a slight edge in this meeting. Sam Houston State defeated the Lumberjacks earlier this season, and should do so again, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sam Houston State 75, Stephen F. Austin 70

03/13 10:33:45 ET

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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
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KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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OAK 0
PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
 
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PIT 0
MIL 0
 
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TAM 3
CWS 1
 
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MIN 2
CLE 7
 
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ATL 2
NYM 4
 
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
 
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STL 8
CIN 4
 
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SDP 1
SFG 0
 
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ANA 3
TEX 0
 
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
 
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
 
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SMISS 14
APPST 7
 
1st
TOL 6
BST 0
 
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OHIO 29
IDAHO 17
 
4th
CIN 31
UMO 24
 
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MEM 36
MTST 10
 
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LSU 16
MSST 34
 
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ARK 52
NILL 14
 
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ARKST 7
UTST 14
 
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 21
 
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WVU 24
OKLA 31
 
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VANDY 21
SCAR 27
 
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NEB 24
MIAMI 14
 
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NMST 14
NMU 21
 
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HOU 20
UNLV 7
 
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FSU 3
CLEM 10
 
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0