SFA / LeTourneau

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nacluth
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SFA (0-0) vs. LeTourneau (0-0)

WHEN: DEC 1 (TUE) 6:30P.M.
WHERE: William R. Johnson Coliseum (Nacogdoches, TX)
WATCH: ESPN+



Finally it looks as if the 2020-21 Lumberjack basketball season will start on Tuesday. (No promises though.) Kyle Keller is looking forward to getting his fifth campaign underway as the reigning Southland Coach of the Year. His overall 28-41 record was heavily impacted by the NCAA sanctions, but he is coming off a 28-3 season that saw him win a record 19 Southland Conference regular season games and of course the upset of the year. Might as well take a two hour break from reading this preview and watch it here:




Now that we have that out of the way, Keller is about to put his coaching accolades to the test. For the first time in his SFA career, there is no Kevon. No superstar, no points leader, no "this is our man." Looking to fill the void is Gavin Kensmil - the best big in the SLC who loves to get scrappy on the floor. He's been picked as a preseason first teamer and by several as the pick for POY, but the real question is he going to step up to be the leader of this team. It's been several years since a big really put the team on his back, will this be Gavin's year?

Next question is the point. As the point goes, so goes the season. This has been the motto of the Keller years so far. He started by swinging Dallas Cameron over to the point in a rough first year that allowed Aaron Augustin to develop. Year two was a success behind a solid Augustin performance backed by a then new and excitable transfer John Comeaux. The third year was a train wreck seeing both Augustin leave the team mid-year and Comeaux sidelined with injuries. Last year Comeaux was the heart and soul of the team by running an efficient offense and being the head of the defense. Behind him, Kalcheries played a decent second hand with Ware and Kevon supporting from time to time.

Kalcheries is the heir apparent for the PG position. He knows that he's going to have to be more confident and mature with his ball handling to see success. Newcomer Nigel Hawkins and redshirt freshman Kharee McDaniel look like they will be running rotation behind David. Add Ware and possibly Posey behind that, and you have one of the deepest point guard teams in years. Will they deliver? This first game will give us a first look. The blessing of this season is a fairly benign schedule that will allow Keller to develop the position he needs - and he needs a solid point.

Roti Ware, Cam Johnson, and Calvin Solomon provide the strongest 2-4 line-up that the Jacks have had to start a season since the Underwood years. They should easily account for 20 ppg with about as many rebounds easy. If they can pump that up to about 40 ppg with 25+ rebounds, this could be an incredible year for SFA. Watch these three guys' stats to see how the season will fare. Bench play is going to be huge, but these guys have to be leaders.

Daniels, Heckard, Brown, Nana will be the big defense against mid-game lapses. This big, high energy players are going to be the unsung heroes for this COVID season. They have to be ready to play at all times. With no clear superstar out of the gate, a team mentality is a major necessity for the year, and our bench has to be invested all the time. With no eligibility restrictions this year expect Keller to let these guys run wild.

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It's looking like LeTourneau will end up being the opener for the season for the Lumberjacks. They haven't played yet this year, but they have had a scrappy team the last couple of seasons. SFA has had a hard time putting away these tune-up teams the past couple of years. Hopefully Tuesday night will be an exception. On paper, SFA outmatches them on every level, but one never knows until the team gets on the court.

It's that time of the year where we get to return to our happy place. There will be fewer of us there and we'll be spread out, but it just means that we can shout louder and have more leg space. Come out and back the Jacks (or be safe and yell at your TV screen and post here.) Are you ready? Axe 'em Jacks!
Ryan
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BigJack85
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As usual , a clear eyed look at that 1st trip to the floor.
TallTexan
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Well written. Can't wait to see the team this year.
SFAJack_76
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Ugh ... posted schedule is changed. Showing LeTourneau tomorrow, and Hardin Simmons on December 9. First noticed changes on my downloaded tickets.

Trying to confirm.

nacluth
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I noticed that checking the site. So stay tuned. Home opener could be tomorrow.

Edit: I checked the ticket site this morning too and at 9 it had Hardin-Simmons, now LeTourneau. Looks like it could be changing now.
Ryan
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SFAJack_76
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SFAJack_76
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nacluth said:

I noticed that checking the site. So stay tuned. Home opener could be tomorrow.

Edit: I checked the ticket site this morning too and at 9 it had Hardin-Simmons, now LeTourneau. Looks like it could be changing now.
The ninth says LeTourneau, but has the Hardin-Simmons logo.
TallTexan
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So we're going to play after one day of Practice in the prior 7 days?

Uh oh.
SFAJack_76
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TallTexan said:

So we're going to play after one day of Practice in the prior 7 days?

Uh oh.
It's LeTourneau. And, I don't know that we haven't been practicing.
SFAJack_76
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Waiting on LeTourneau testing results before the game being tomorrow being official.
PurpleOut
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Staff
SFAJack_76 said:


This doesn't make sense, unless it was someone closer to the team (or on the team) that tested positive. Other schools didn't have to quarantine or even cancel games due to "members of the traveling party" that tested positive. So why did we?
SFAJack_76
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Official ... for now.
SFAJack_76
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PurpleOut said:

SFAJack_76 said:


This doesn't make sense, unless it was someone closer to the team (or on the team) that tested positive. Other schools didn't have to quarantine or even cancel games due to "members of the traveling party" that tested positive. So why did we?
Our games were cancelled in accordance with the protocols set by the Mohegan Sun organizers. Other MTE's apparently have different protocols.
TallTexan
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PurpleOut said:

SFAJack_76 said:


This doesn't make sense, unless it was someone closer to the team (or on the team) that tested positive. Other schools didn't have to quarantine or even cancel games due to "members of the traveling party" that tested positive. So why did we?


May have been Rob. Can't have basketball without the voice of the Jacks.
nacluth
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Game Day!!!!!!

ShootaGym
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This one could be fun for locals to watch. Nacogdoches ISD grads playing each other. Nana for SFA and Jackson for Letu
PurpleOut
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Someone take a few pics of the construction while you are there. Inside boxes should be done.
nacluth
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MasterAxe
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Just in case we're playing the contest:

SFa 88
Letu 58

T/B - 22 turnovers forced.
No-look
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Might need to pipe in some noise tonight. Lol
BigJack85
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SFA 79
letourneau 55
KirkHeath12
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No Rob?
Class of 2012
Axe Em
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Who are the streaming announcers?
nacluth
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We look like we're ready to play!
nacluth
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View from my seat
KirkHeath12
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What beer we drinking for the game guys?
Class of 2012
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nacluth
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12-2 first media. Nana scores in 5 seconds of his collegiate career.
SFA Jack Fanatic
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nacluth said:



View from my seat
Nice!
SFA Jack Fanatic
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At this rate, we should be leading the nation in steals and turnovers tomorrow morning.
PurpleOut
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We HAVE to invest in better radio equipment. Every year even with Rob our broadcasts are sub par only because of the audio. The mics are absolutely terrible and always cracking.
nacluth
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All new guys on the court 5 minutes in.
nacluth
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Brown with the bomb. Heckard can handle the ball. Hawkins is fast.

26-8 second media. On pace for a 130 point game.
MasterAxe
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We're 8:00 in and my all-time favorite player is the hefty lefty Demiere Brown.

I will fight anyone who slanders his name.
jboy93
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Brown is a BIG body!
SFAXE93
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Platoon subbing!
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