Nicholls St. looks to extend streak vs NW State
Northwestern State (6-9, 3-3) vs. Nicholls State (11-6, 5-1)
David R. Stopher Gym, Thibodaux, Louisiana; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nicholls State looks for its fifth straight conference win against Northwestern State. Nicholls State’s last Southland loss came against the Abilene Christian Wildcats 79-61 on Dec. 21, 2019. Northwestern State fell short in an 85-76 game at McNeese State in its last outing.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Nicholls State’s Dexter McClanahan has averaged 15.1 points while Warith Alatishe has put up 9.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. For the Demons, Chudier Bile has averaged 13 points and 7.3 rebounds while Jairus Roberson has put up 10.7 points.
STEPPING IT UP: The Demons have scored 77 points per game and allowed 75 points per game across six conference games. Those are both solid improvements over the 61.3 points scored and 83.2 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.CLUTCH CHUDIER: Bile has connected on 29.3 percent of the 41 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 2 for 9 over the last three games. He’s also made 70.7 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Northwestern State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 6-4 when scoring at least 63.
PERFECT WHEN: The Colonels are 8-0 when they turn the ball over 13 times or fewer and 3-6 when they exceed 13 turnovers. The Demons are 5-0 when they hold opponents to 66 points or fewer and 1-9 whenever opponents exceed 66 points.
DID YOU KNOW: The Nicholls State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 27 percent of all possessions, which is the sixth-highest rate in the country. The Northwestern State offense has turned the ball over on 23.3 percent of its possessions (ranked 335th among Division I teams).