McNeese St., Lamar meet in Southland tourney
No. 7 seed McNeese State (15-16, 10-10) vs. No. 6 seed Lamar (16-15, 10-10)
Southland Conference Tourney First Round, Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: McNeese State is set to face off against Lamar in the first round of the Southland tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on March 7, when the Cowboys shot 40.3 percent from the field while limiting Lamar’s shooters to just 31.8 percent on the way to a four-point victory.
SQUAD LEADERS: Lamar’s T.J. Atwood has averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while Avery Sullivan has put up 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. For the Cowboys, Sha’markus Kennedy has averaged 18.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while A.J. Lawson has put up 14.7 points and 4.3 assists.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 35.4 percent of the 48 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 2 for 5 over his last three games. He’s also made 75.4 percent of his foul shots this season.
YET TO WIN: The Cowboys are 0-5 when they score 63 points or fewer and 15-11 when they exceed 63 points. The Cardinals are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 66 points and 16-3 on the season, otherwise.
PERFECT WHEN: McNeese State is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Cowboys are 9-16 when opponents score more than 61.
DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24 percent of all possessions, which is the 14th-highest rate in the country. McNeese State has turned the ball over on 22.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 338th among Division I teams).