Game 27
Thursday, Feb. 16 • Houston, Texas • 7:00 p.m. CT • Sharp Gym (1,000)

Sam Houston State (18-8, 9-4 Southland) at Houston Baptist (11-12, 7-6 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats open a key two-game road weekend on Thursday when they look to even the score with Houston Baptist at Sharp Gym.

The game will be aired live on Root Sports Southwest and can be watched online via the Southland Conference YouTube Channel. Tom Franklin will have the play by play while Neal Raphael will provide the analysis.  

HBU handed the Kats their lone home loss of the season with a 79-65 win in Huntsville on Dec. 29 in what was the league opener for both teams. But now the Huskies find themselves looking up at the Kats, two games back in the league standings with just five games left until the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy.

The Kats have won nine of their last 11 outings while HBU comes in hot as well, winning their last three games, including a 94-87 win in Houston over Lamar on Saturday. The Huskies are averaging 88.0 points per game during their current win streak.

The Kats own a 15-9 advantage in the series with the Huskies, but have dropped two of the last three meetings after a 79-65 defeat in Huntsville on December 29. That game still stands as Sam Houston’s only home loss of the season.

- Sam Houston saw its 8-game win streak come to an end at Abilene Christian. Still, the 8 consecutive conference wins was tied for the longest SLC win streak for the Kats in the Jason Hooten era. The 2014-15 squad also won 8 in a row on their way to a 26-9 overall mark and 15-3 record in league play. 

- The 18 total wins by Sam Houston are 3 more than any other team in the Southland Conference.

- With its win over Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston finished with a 7-0 record in the month of January. It is the first undefeated January for the Kats since joining the Division I ranks. 

- The Kats have reached the 70-point mark 20 times this season, going 17-3 in those games. Their first two losses when scoring at least 70 points came on the road early in the year at Ohio and Georgia Tech and needed overtime to do so on in their loss at Lamar.

- With 2 more wins this season the Kats would reach the 20-win mark for the 17th time in school history and the third time under Jason Hooten, including 3 of the last 4 years. One more win would equal Sam’s win total for all of the 2015-16 season.