SFA / Sam Houston

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nacluth
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SFA (9-3, 5-1) vs. Sam Houston (13-5, 7-0)

WHEN: JAN 31 (SAT) 3:0P.M.
WHERE: William R. Johnson Coliseum (Nacogdoches, TX)
WATCH: ESPNU


Whenever we are driving down the road and see a group dressed in orange picking up trash and my kids ask me who they are I say, "Sam Houston Bearkats." Prison orange is a color all Lumberjacks despise. SFA purple is the color of royalty, trusted leadership, principle. Occasionally the state penitentiary will allow some men to get work release to fill their basketball team. This is all these guys have in their lives, and they play like it. But don't feel bad for them, it's part of their rehabilitation that SFA holds them down.

10 year head coach Jason Hooten has led Sam Houston to exactly 0 NCAA appearances. But every year, they manage to be in the thick of things near the end of the year constantly hoping "Is this the year?" They are trying to take advantage of the COVID-shortened year to sneak their way through. At 18 games played so far, they have more game experience than just about any unit in the nation.

Zach Nutall (Sr., 6' 3", G) is trying to lock up Southland Player of the Year leading his team with 20 points per game, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Close on his heels is his partner-in-crime Demarkus Lampley (Sr., 6' 2", G) with 16 ppg, 4 rebs, and 1 ast. With freshman star Bryce Monroe at point, their guard corps is the best in the SLC by most metrics. They shoot lots of threes and they steal a lot of balls. They play fast with a lot of quick transition and isolation work. They are good at team rebounding, but they do have a weakness: history. They don't believe they have it. They don't.

Last game out for the Jacks was disappointing for what this team would like to accomplish in a non-playoff year. They know that they still control their destiny though. Frontcourt foul trouble stifled their core game plan, but don't expect Keller to remake the wheel. Pounding pressure inside will break Sam, but our backcourt defense is going to be tested. David, Roti, and Cam will need to up their man-to-man protection. Hawkins and Heckard struggled with the speed of ACU's guards, but they will need to rebound for Sam.

This nationally televised game will be a nice showdown for these two teams. Both teams have been perfect at home but with shaky road records. The Jacks will get the home court advantage to start. The time for wound-licking is over. It's time for hunting again.

Axe 'em!
BigJack85
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As always. Well done.
No-look
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Nice write up Ryan! Should be a good one!
KirkHeath12
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We are favored by 5 points. I didn't see that coming
Class of 2012
Axe Em
TallTexan
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TallTexan
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If Hooten is going to get his first NCAA appearance, I want it to have an asterisk that SFA was regular season champs.

Let's reverse Wednesday's games and try to get their forwards in foul trouble early. They're deep at guard, but this is a fairly small team. Let's use it against them.
sfa17
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KirkHeath12 said:

We are favored by 5 points. I didn't see that coming


Probably just Bc we are home
jboy93
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Prison tech brought some fans today.
MasterAxe
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First to 60 wins. Gonna be a slug fest.
nacluth
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Playing good but it's physical.
BigJack85
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Hawkins???? What was that ? Wing man open
RichieVan
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Terrible call on Solomon. The Sam guard extended his arm to make contact.
jboy93
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Their guard play is tough!
TallTexan
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That was a horrible offball foul against Nigel on the breakaway.

Egregious.
jboy93
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David driving the lane! Keeps that up gonna have a good night!
nacluth
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Fouls going our way right now, but refs are letting them play.
MasterAxe
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Screaming Jason Hooten is my favorite Jason Hooten.
TallTexan
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If they keep letting them play I know we're tougher than them.

Let's hope they don't recalibrate at halftime and start calling everything.
nacluth
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First double digit lead with 10 left in first.
TallTexan
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MasterAxe said:

Screaming Jason Hooten is my favorite Jason Hooten.


When he's Hooten & Hollerin?
TallTexan
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Nigel's dad and uncle played in the NBA?
jboy93
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Hooten is so much fun to heckle!
nacluth
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First 8 games, Heckard was better, now Hawkins is the more ready. He's really come on.
TallTexan
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Nice WAC shoutout there.
BigJack85
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Our perimeter shooting is atrocious. We are getting some real decent looks.
BigJack85
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Nice penetration!!!! Roti!
TallTexan
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We need to rebound better on the offensive end.

Sam's running a 4 guard lineup that keeps outpositioning us it seems.
MasterAxe
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BigJack85 said:

Our perimeter shooting is atrocious. We are getting some real decent looks.


I think this will be a main area for recruiting.

Bigs look good for a few years with Nana and Charlie (or even Gavin/Calvin, if they come back, which I think is their choice).
BigJack85
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Movement is MUCH better in the past 3-4 possessions.
TallTexan
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Aww come on, don't bail Sam out for missing the oop with a horse crap call.
sfa17
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So post season ban has not been approved. But Keller assume NCAA will approve it by end of season
TallTexan
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David should have leaned in and taken the foul as the clock expired.
nacluth
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This is one of those game that even if it was called exactly the same, next time we could be winning by 15 or losing by 5.
TallTexan
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Overall happy with that first half. Didn't play our best and still got a lead.

Hopefully this is one of our great halftime adjustment games.
BigJack85
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MasterAxe said:

BigJack85 said:

Our perimeter shooting is atrocious. We are getting some real decent looks.


I think this will be a main area for recruiting.



Bigs look good for a few years with Nana and Charlie (or even Gavin/Calvin, if they come back, which I think is their choice).



Roti has sort of a "Walkup" type of versatility but not able to really play the 3 as effectively. Without a workhorse that can play 1-2-3 we need a sharpshooter, that can create his own space occasionally. Those are in short supply right now.
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