SFA / Northwestern State

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nacluth
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SFA (7-2, 3-0) vs. Northwestern State (2-12, 1-2)

WHEN: JAN 20 (WED) 6:30P.M.
WHERE: William R. Johnson Coliseum (Nacogdoches, TX)
WATCH: ESPN+


The midweek showdown for the Lumberjacks will see them take on the Demons of Northwestern State. The Jacks will be coming back from their first road win of the season and returning home to WRJ where they are unbeaten this season. Winning all three of their Southland tilts by double digits have critics starting to think twice about a team that has passed under the radar during the COVID-complicated nonconference schedule. Facing off against their rival across the Sabine should be no problem on paper, but the Demons are rarely a pushover for SFA.

The highlight of Northwestern St.'s year was the chance to play the undisputed #1 team Gonzaga twice in back-to-back days. In the second game, they lost by less than 20 points. Everything else has been worse except for last game's win against McNeese. Against opponents they are worse in every single statistical average. Their win has gotten them out of the bottom ten teams in America barely. However the team who has the hashtag #processoverprodct (no u?) is capable of getting hot from their guards.

Junior guard Trenton Massner (6' 2") is the leader of the team in points and steals and is a close second in most of the other metrics. Combined with Jairus Roberson (Sr., G, 6' 2") and point C.J. Jones (Sr., G, 5' 10"), the backcourt keeps the pace high throughout the game. The Demons are not tall though, and they struggle with their inside presence. Gonzaga's height had them scoring well more than half of their points in the paint easily.

The Jacks will need to stay focused and not let the records do the talking. Shutting down Massner will be Keller's number one defensive task while pounding the paint will be the offensive priority. SFA has done a great job at staying multidimensional since Southland play started, and this week's home games need to be the proper preparation before the toughest week of SLC play next week. It will probably not be the prettiest game on Wednesday against a McConathy team, but it should be another step forward in the season.

Axe 'em!
SFA Jack Fanatic
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nacluth said:



McConathy is a very nice guy, but it amazes me how he manages to keep his job year after year and losing record after losing record. He's obviously very popular in Northern Louisiana (they tried to get him to run for the US Senate a while back), but Geeezzz. NSU has been horrible for years now.
TallTexan
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Uber nice guy, very cheap on the salary, & 3 NCAA tourney appearances with two wins.

At any other SLC school than SFA(and let's be honest, SFA up until 2013) that would buy you the ability to coach as long as you'd like.
SFAJack_76
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TallTexan said:

Uber nice guy, very cheap on the salary, & 3 NCAA tourney appearances with two wins.

At any other SLC school than SFA(and let's be honest, SFA up until 2013) that would buy you the ability to coach as long as you'd like.
Kaspar didn't keep his job because he was a nice guy. He took a complete train wreck of a program, and turned it around. Underwood never comes to SFA if Kaspar doesn't achieve what he did.
TallTexan
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And had 1 NCAA tourney appearance.

Ya he built a good baseline but if he was the nicest guy in town and had McConathy's record with 2 NCAA wins, we'd still have Underwood.

Now maybe they retire McConathy to the athletic department soon, but he'll get to coach as long as he likes I think.
jboy93
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Nice start getting the ball in the paint and scoring.
Rev007
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The progression of Nana was on full display as he showed tremendous patience.
BigJack85
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Good god. They call them free throws.
jboy93
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1st foul at the 13 minute mark...not bad.
Rev007
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Kensmil is on his way to a 20 point game if he continues.
Rev007
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Cam is heating up!
sfa17
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Defense has not looked great
Rev007
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Our guys are not taking this weak opponent serious enough. This is evident with all the missed defensive assignments leading to easy buckets inside.
Rev007
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Second half predictions:

Both Gavin and Cam get their 20 points, and we play better defensive after Keller chews them out in the locker room. Finally, we win by 30 and send NWU back home to lick their wounds.
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Ladyjacks up 45-12 at the half.
sfa17
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We should take them seriously. Only takes a few missed shots n turnovers
TallTexan
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SFA Jack Fanatic said:

Ladyjacks up 45-12 at the half.


That's a beat down.
Pilotgirl
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SFA Jack Fanatic said:

Ladyjacks up 45-12 at the half.

Our Ladies are DOMINATING this conference.
jboy93
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Great inbound score!
Rev007
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This is getting ugly
jboy93
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Hard fall for Cam!
Rev007
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Our guard play continues to be a headwind. Careless turnovers by David and others.
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Ladyjacks up 72-18 with about 8 minutes left.
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Ladyjacks win 87-28.
Ljacks&Longnecks
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As I mentioned on the Ladyjack board, I sure don't like these home/away men/women games starting at the same time. As a fan I want to watch both and that makes it a bit difficult.
Hope the WAC will schedule so that all games can be seen.
Pilotgirl
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SFA Jack Fanatic said:

Ladyjacks win 87-28.


Crazy!!
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Jacks played down to the competition tonight, but the end result is all that matters. Decent game, but nothing to write home about. All five starters in double figures. Cam with 26 and Gavin with 22. Only 4 bench points.
BigJack85
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Very uninspired. Just got it done. Nothing more.
No-look
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Defense looked lacking somewhat but offense was ok. Could have scored 90 if they had wanted to. However, NW is not that bad a team.
wahlwesle
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Rev007 said:

Our guard play continues to be a headwind. Careless turnovers by David and others.

If I had a dollar for every time he picks up his dribble above the arc without knowing where he is going with the ball...
No-look
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David was two rebounds short of a triple double tonight.
TallTexan
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No-look said:

Defense looked lacking somewhat but offense was ok. Could have scored 90 if they had wanted to. However, NW is not that bad a team.
I felt like our guys really fought & hustled well. That was a very physical game and they didn't give an inch.
nacluth
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I know the 7 points that they scored in the last garbage minute was all window dressing, but McConathy has typically got better games out of his guys against us. I don't think they are a good team, but they were playing near their top tonight - which is thankfully about 20 points below our ok game.

Another double digit win.
No-look
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Did Keller do a post game tonight?
RedRiverLa
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SFA Jack Fanatic said:

nacluth said:



McConathy is a very nice guy, but it amazes me how he manages to keep his job year after year and losing record after losing record. He's obviously very popular in Northern Louisiana (they tried to get him to run for the US Senate a while back), but Geeezzz. NSU has been horrible for years now.
Living in north La and having to listen to NSU news all the time, I can tell you for the first time, the question of how is Mike keeping his job is beginning to make the rounds. He is a nice guy, family guy, and respected, but losing finally is starting the get to people, even at NSU. If you warched Mike on the bench last night, he was more animated and constantly yelling at a high level of frustration with his players, it think thats a result of the heat he is starting to feel. But to give you an idea of the lack of interest NSU even has about itself, the last post on their fan board was November 5
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