Kats ready for red-hot Lions

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Wednesday, Jan. 30 • Hammond, La. • 7:00 p.m. • University Center (7,500)
Sam Houston State (12-8, 7-0 Southland) at Southeastern Louisiana (8-12, 4-3 Southland)
Live Stats • SLC Digital Network • @BearkatsWBB on Twitter

The two hottest teams in the Southland Conference will go head to head on Wednesday night when the first-place Sam Houston State Bearkats battle the red-hot Southeastern Louisiana Lions at the University Center.

The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. at the University Center and can be watched on the SLC Digital Network and the Southland Conference app with John Sartori and Aaron Cortez on the call. Fans can follow along via live stats, or get updates by following @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.

The Bearkats are the lone team left unbeaten in the league and sport a 1.5-game lead on the rest of the field, but the Lions have been charging of late, winning four in a row after opening the season with three consecutive losses.

The teams split a pair of games with SHSU winning in Huntsville; however, SLU got the last laugh by eliminating the Bearkats in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy.

Sam Houston has been absolutely on fire since opening up conference play, and has connected on 27 3-point baskets in its last two games. Still, the Bearkats have relied upon their defensive calling card, having yet to allow 70 points to a SLC foe.

The Kats have claimed each of the last two SLC Players of the Week, with senior Cameron Delaney claiming the most recent honor on Monday after averaging 19.5 points per game in wins over Northwestern State and Lamar.

But SLU point guard Marlain Veal, an all-SLC selection a year ago, has been dynamic in SLC play where is averaging a league-best 21.8 points per game while not scoring less than 19 points in any of his last six games.

The Kats lead the all-time series by a 29-15 margin and have won 16 of the last 19 meetings dating back to 2006. SHSU had won seven in a row prior to falling in last year's SLC Tournament semifinals and will be looking to avoid dropping its second straight game to the Lions for the first time since 2005.