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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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RECAP: Houston Baptist never trails in 75-68 win over Lamar

Colter Lasher recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday in their 75-68 win over Lamar.
Colter Lasher recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday in their 75-68 win over Lamar.

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Win, and you’re in.

That’s the situation that the Lamar Cardinals found themselves in on Saturday afternoon. A win over the visiting Houston Baptist Huskies, or a loss from the Nicholls Colonels, would secure a spot in the Southland Conference tournament for the Cardinals, and it would give them another shot of momentum that would help them build off a win in their last outing.

Lamar put an end to a three game skid in their last outing, an 88-68 win over the Northwestern State Demons on the road. 

Saturday wasn’t going to be easy, as the Huskies came into the day riding a six-game winning streak of their own. In their last meeting with the Cardinals, the Huskies held down their home court with a 94-87 victory, despite a strong shooting night from the Cardinals.

Out of the gate, Lamar found themselves behind early, and they were never able to fully recover.

Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday afternoon, and despite Lamar drawing all-square midway through the second half, the Cardinals were unable to overtake the Huskies. Four players scored in double-figures for Houston Baptist, who took home a 75-68 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Houston Baptist never trails in 75-68 win over Lamar

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