HUNTSVILLE – After an extended layoff the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team will take the floor once again with a pair of games this week starting Wednesdsay in Oxford, Miss., when it goes after an SEC win at The Pavillion against the Rebels.
Wednesday’s game can be watched online on SEC Network Plus and on the WatchESPN app with Richard Cross and Mark Dukes on the call. Live stats will also be available and fans can get live updates of the game via Twitter by following @BearkatsMBB.
The Kats will then return home just two days later to take on Little Rock from the Sun Belt Conference as part of a tough stretch of four games in nine days to close out non-conference play.
The Kats were winners of three in a row before falling on Dec. 4 at No. 22 Baylor, despite a 24-point, 10-rebound effort from Chris Galbreath. The senior from Chicago currently ranks 11th in the Southland in scoring (14.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (8.0 rpg) tl pace the Kats in both categories.
Still, it has been defense and rebounding that has been the Bearkats’ calling card in the early season. Coach Jason Hooten’s team currently leads the Southland Conference in rebound margin (+6.9 rpg) in holding teams to a league-low 61.3 points per game. Only the nationally-ranked Bears have managed to score more than 75 points against the Bearkats through nine games.
The Rebels have split their first eight games of the year and are coming off a nine-day layoff of their own, needing the break after dropping their last three games including overtime losses against Virginia Tech and South Dakota State.
They currently rank 19th in the country in fewest turnovers surrendered and sport four players averaging double digits, led by Terence Davis’ 16.9 points per game. As a team the Rebels have pumped in 80.5 points per game.
Little Rock will come in looking to right the ship after starting their season with just two wins in nine tries. They will be on a quick turnaround as well, taking on Bradley on Wednesday before making the trip to Huntsville.
SERIES vs OLE MISS
Sam Houston is 0-5 all-time against the Rebels, with four of the five meetings coming in Oxford. Wednesday will mark the first meeting since the 2000-01 season. That game was a 71-65 Rebel win in Oxford despite 24 points from Senecca Wall.
SERIES vs LITTLE ROCK
The Trojans hold a 4-2 edge in the series, but have not met the Kats on the hardwood since the 1996-97 season. Sam Houston won the first two meetings while Little Rock has won each of the last four.