HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State placed an additional emphasis this offseason on ball control. On Tuesday night, they will find out how far they’ve come against the nation’s leader in turnovers forced.
Sam Houston State closes its five-game homestand, welcoming Jackson State for a 6:30 p.m. tip off from Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. The Tigers have forced an NCAA-best 29.67 turnovers per game and are fourth in turnover margin at 9.67.
The Bearkats (2-3) are looking to start the month of December 2-0 for the first time since 1996-97. The squad defeated St. Thomas, 68-66, last time out, thanks to a pair of late offensive boards and a put-back from Kiera McKinney to seal the win.
TUESDAY’S GAME BASICS
Sam Houston is looking to pick up its third non-conference win and improve to .500 for the second time this season. The matchup will be the sixth all-time between Sam Houston and Jackson State and mark the second matchup against a SWAC opponent this season.
The Bearkats own a 4-1 record in five all-time meetings against the Tigers and boast a 2-0 advantage in Huntsville. The matchup will be the first since Dec. 4, 2009 in Houston.
Sam Houston leads the Southland Conference in free throw percentage (77 percent), second in rebounding offense (43.8) as well as third in 3-point field goal defense (26 percent), rebound margin (+7.6) and blocked shots per game (3.8).
PREVIEWING JACKSON STATE
Jackson State enters Tuesday with a SWAC-best 4-2 record while pacing the league in scoring offense (78.0) and scoring margin (+11.5).
The Tigers are shooting 39 percent, ranking second in the league, led by Derica Wiggins who averages 17.3 points per game – ranking fourth in the league per game. Teammate Sumer Williams has posted 6.7 rebounds per game for fourth in the conference.
The Tigers have played one Southland opponent this season, falling to Nicholls, 90-64 last time out in Jackson, Miss. The loss snapped Jackson State’s three-game win streak including a pair of wins in the city of Chicago against Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State.