Kats and Jacks to face off on Saturday

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HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats will put their undefeated Southland Conference record on the line on Saturday night inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum when they host Piney Woods rival Stephen F. Austin.

The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m., or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game, at Johnson Coliseum and can be watched on ESPN3 with Tom Franklin on the call and Matt Trent providing analysis. Fans can follow along via live stats, or get updates by following @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.

Sam Houston has been on fire since the calendar turned to 2019, winning all eight of its contests in the month of January and enters Saturday as the only team left unbeaten in the league. The Kats are also one of just 14 teams in the country to remain unscathed within their respective leagues at this point.

The Kats stayed atop the SLC by grinding out a 62-52 win on the road over defending league champion Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday in Hammond after knocking down 27 3-point baskets in its previous two games. Coach Jason Hooten’s squad has been outstanding on the defensive end in league play, holding its eight opponents to an average of 59.9 points per game.

Hooten’s Bearkats have yet to allow an SLC opponent to reach the 70-point mark, while four of their foes have been held to less than 60 points.

Cameron Delaney and Kai Mitchell have claimed each of the SLC’s last two player of the week honors and enter Saturday as the team’s leading scorers vs conference foes at 13.8 and 13.4 points per game apiece, respecitively.

Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks come in on the strength of three straight nailbiting victories after opening SLC play at just a 1-3 mark. The preseason favorites in the SLC have claimed 16 of the last 17 meetings with SHSU with the lone win for the Kats coming in 2016-17 after the Kats had won seven in a row within the Southland.

Guards Shannon Bogues and Kevon Harris are two of the top scoring threats in all of the Southland with each ranking in the top five in the league in SLC-only scoring. For the season that duo, along with transfer Davonte Fitzgerald, are combining for nearly 47 of the team’s 70 points per game.