Kats set to play host to McNeese

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HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats still sit in first place in the Southland Conference and will look to strengthen their hold on that spot on Wednesday when they host the McNeese Cowboys.

The game is set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. at Bernard G. Johnson. The game can be watched on ESPN3 with Matt Pedersen on the call and Matt Trent providing analysis. Live stats are also available, as are updates on Twitter by following @BearkatsMBB.

The game is in conjunction with Bearkat Barbeque Cookoff, sponsored by HEB and SHSU Dining Services, that will be held outside of Johnson Coliseum beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fans can get more information HERE.

The event has expanded this year to include chili, brisket and ribs. Admission is free for all students with their Bearkat OneCard and for fans with a gameday ticket for the men’s game vs McNeese.

The Bearkats are coming off a 94-72 thrashing of Piney Woods rival Stephen F. Austin on Saturday to remain in sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference. In all SHSU is 9-0 in the league and riding a 10-game win streak overall, tied for the fourth-longest current win streak in the nation.

The only teams with a longer current streak include No. 1 Tennessee (16 games), No. 4 Gonzaga (12 games) and Pac 12 leader Washington (11 games). The Kats are one of just 10 teams in the country still unbeaten within their respective conferences.

They have done it on the strength of balance and go into Wednesday’s clash with the Cowboys as the only team in the SLC to rank in the top five in both scoring offense (5th at 73.4 ppg) and scoring defense (1st at 61.4 ppg) in SLC-only games.

Offensively, Cameron Delaney (14.2 ppg), Kai Mitchell (13.7 ppg) and Josh Delaney (11.8 ppg) are all averaging in double figures since the start of conference play.

They will be going up against a McNeese squad that is under first-year head coach Heath Schroyer and has been up and down in its performances in league play. The Cowboys will be on the road for the first time in two weeks, going 2-2 in its latest four-game homestand, closing it out with an 84-75 loss at the hands of Lamar on Saturday.

Roydell Brown (14.1 ppg) and James Harvey (12.6 ppg) have been the top scorers for a Cowboy offense that is hitting 51.0 percent of its shots from the floor during SLC play.