With Sam Houston's victory over McNeese State Wednesday night, the Bearkats upped their season record to 20-6, the sixth season with 20 or more victories in head coach Bob Marlin's 12 years at the helm of the SHSU program.
At this moment, Sam Houston stands as one of only 38 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs that have produced 20-win seasons in at least four of the last five years.
The Bearkats went 22-9 in 2006, 21-10 in 2007, 23-8 in 2008, 18-12 last year and are 20-6 this season. That 104-45 record during the past five seasons ranks Sam Houston 25th among the 36 teams with 20-win seasons in at least four of the past five years.
With three regular season game to go plus the State Farm Southland Conference Post-Season Classic in Katy March 10-13, the Bearkats are out to eclipse their all-time best NCAA Division I season victory mark of 23 wins set in both 2003 and 2008.
Sam Houston will be the No. 1 seed at the Southland Conference tournament and, with the regular season title, is already assured of national tournament post-season play.
NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
WITH 20-WIN SEASONS IN FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS
|11||Ohio State||128||41||.757||Big Ten|
|18||Texas A&M||117||44||.727||Big 12|
|19||Michigan St||124||47||.725||Big Ten|
|24||West Virginia||119||49||.708||Big East|
|26||Western Kentucky||113||49||.698||Sun Belt|
|28||San Diego St||112||50||.691||Mt West|
|34||South Alabama||105||53||.665||Sun Belt|
|36||Kansas St.||104||53||.662||Big 12|
The Kats will be back in action on Saturday again at Johnson Coliseum where they can assure they will be the only team in the Southland hoisting the regular season trophy.
The Southland tournament begins on Wednesday March 10 with four quarter-final games. The semi-finals will be played Thursday night March 11. The finals will be televised live on ESPN2 on Saturday March 13.
Tournament ticket booklets for the annual State Farm Southland Conference Post-Season Classic March 9-13 at the Merrell Center in Katy are now on-sale for $75 online. Go to Southland Tournament Central for more information or by call the SHSU Athletic Ticket office at 936-294-1729. The Sam Houston athletic ticket office is located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets for Bearkat basketball home games are on sale now on-line. Fans also may purchase tickets at the Sam Houston athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729.
Admission to Sam Houston State regular season home athletic events is free for students on presentation of their BearkatOne card.