Category Archives: Southland

RECAP: Lamar clinches first winning season since 2012 with 88-68 victory at Northwestern State

Nick Garth came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points in just 19 minutes of action, and Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 88-68 victory at Northwestern State on Wednesday night. (Source: Lamar Men's Basketball)
Nick Garth came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points in just 19 minutes of action, and Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 88-68 victory at Northwestern State on Wednesday night. (Source: Lamar Men’s Basketball)

NATCHITOCHES, La. — Fans of the Lamar Cardinals have been waiting patiently for a few years for their team to become a factor in the Southland Conference.

Some thought it would be last season when the Cardinals opened the season with an 8-4 record in non-conference action. However, they struggled mightily in Southland play, finishing the season at 11-19 overall, and 3-15 in conference action.

This season has been a different story, as the Cardinals have kept themselves at or above the .500 clip for the entire year.

On Wednesday night, the Cardinals were looking to clinch their first winning season since 2012. They had their hands full, however, as they were on the road to take on the Northwestern State Demons.

Senior guard Zeek Woodley was making his return to the lineup for the Demons after sustaining a broken wrist earlier in the year, which forced him to miss eight weeks of action. His return gave Northwestern State some extra motivation, but it wouldn’t be enough against the Cardinals.

Behind 17 points from Nick Garth off the bench, Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 888-68 road victory at Northwestern State. Continue reading RECAP: Lamar clinches first winning season since 2012 with 88-68 victory at Northwestern State

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

RECAP: Houston Baptist overcomes hot shooting by Lamar for 94-87 victory

Josh Ibarra (44) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds, and all five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double-figures as the Huskies held on in the second half for the 94-87 win over Lamar on Saturday.
Josh Ibarra (44) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds, and all five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double-figures as the Huskies held on in the second half for the 94-87 win over Lamar on Saturday. (Header: Lamar Men’s Basketball)

HOUSTON, Tex. — It’s rare to see a team shoot above 50% on the road and come up short on the scoreboard, but that’s what happened for the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday.

Coming into Saturday’s Southland Conference tilt with the Houston Baptist Huskies, the Cardinals were riding a three-game winning streak, and were trending upwards in the conference standings. Lamar had won all three games at home to close out their season-high four game home stand at 3-1, but were on the road to take on the Huskies.

Houston Baptist came into the day riding a win streak of their own, a modest two-game stretch that saw them score a win at home and one on  the road. They were looking to move over the .500 mark in conference play on Saturday, which was ‘Retro Night’ in Houston.

The Huskies held a sizable 16-point lead after the opening half, but the Cardinals made the home side work for the win in the second. Lamar shot a combined 56.1% from the field, but the Huskies used a balanced attack on offense to thwart the Cardinals’ comeback efforts.

All five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double figures, and the Huskies notched their third straight win with a 94-87 victory over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Houston Baptist overcomes hot shooting by Lamar for 94-87 victory

RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.
Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. — With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not as dominant as we’ve seen in recent seasons, the Southland Conference is as wide open as ever. Several teams look like they have a shot at representing the conference in the NCAA Tournament, at least on paper.

One team who has been in contention on a consistent basis, but unable to break through due to the Lumberjacks reigning supreme in the conference, has been the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They are regularly in contention for the title, but haven’t been able to advance to the Big Dance.

They’ve made three straight appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, compiling a record of 2-3 over the last three seasons.

On Thursday, the Bearkats welcomed another conference title hopeful to town. The Lamar Cardinals have shown flashes of being able to contend for the conference crown this season, but other times have looked like they’re another year from truly being a contender.

Thursday night was a tale of two halves. After the first, the teams were separated by a single point, at 41-40. The second half was vastly different, as the Bearkats outscored the Cardinals by 21, and cruised to the 87-65 victory on their home court. Continue reading RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks

Isaiah Tripp scored 9 points in Abilene Christian's 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.
Isaiah Tripp scored 8 points in Abilene Christian’s 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.

ABILENE, Tx. — Payten Ricks may only be a freshman, but over the past three games, he isn’t playing like it’s his first year in the NCAA.

Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Lamar Cardinals, the Abilene Christian Wildcats‘ freshman guard has averaged 12 points per contest, and he put up a career-high 15 points against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks last week.

Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats were looking to avoid a 1-5 start in Southland Conference play, and they found themselves in a fight with Lamar that came down to the wire. With under 10 seconds to play, the Wildcats had a chance to win the game, avoiding an extra five-minute the frame.

The ball was in the hands of Ricks.

With the clock ticking down, Ricks put up a half-court heave that beat the buzzer. It banked off the back board, fell for his only three pointer, and the Wildcats stunned the Cardinals.

Abilene Christian sent their fans into a frenzy with their 67-64 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks

RECAP: Lamar never trails in 87-72 win over Incarnate Word

The duo of Joey Frenchwood (32) and Colton Weisbrod (21) led Lamar to the 87-72 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday night. (Source: I.C. Murrell - The News)
The duo of Joey Frenchwood (32) and Colton Weisbrod (21) led Lamar to the 87-72 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday night. (Source: I.C. Murrell – The News)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — In 2016-17, the Southland Conference isn’t quite what it used to be. With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not being as dominant as in the past, the door is open for other teams to contend atop the standings.

The likes of the New Orleans Privateers, who currently sit atop the Southland standings, and Houston Baptist Huskies have the look of a true contender this season, at least on paper, while there are others who are flying under the radar.

One of those teams calls Beaumont, Texas home. The Lamar Cardinals entered Wednesday’s action with a 10-6 record overall, and were 2-1 in conference action. They welcomed the Incarnate Word Cardinals to town, looking to extend their winning streak to a modest two games.

Incarnate Word, on the other hand, were looking to rebound from an 87-72 loss to the Privateers in their previous outing.

Ironically, history would repeat itself on Wednesday, and not in a good way for the visitors.

Lamar never trailed in the contest, and they handed Incarnate Word their second straight defeat, in the form of an identical 87-72 decision. Continue reading RECAP: Lamar never trails in 87-72 win over Incarnate Word