Lamar looks to extend streak vs NW State

2 years 1 month 6 days ago Thursday, December 19 2019 Dec 19, 2019 December 19, 2019 3:33 PM December 19, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

Lamar (7-5, 1-0) vs. Northwestern State (2-7, 0-1)

Prather Coliseum, Natchitoches, Louisiana; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Lamar looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Northwestern State. Lamar has won by an average of 11 points in its last five wins over the Demons. Northwestern State's last win in the series came on Jan. 17, 2015, a 96-84 win.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Northwestern State's Chudier Bile has averaged 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds while Brian White has put up 9.1 points. For the Cardinals, T.J. Atwood has averaged 17 points and 6.7 rebounds while Davion Buster has put up 14.2 points and 2.2 steals.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 38.5 percent of the 26 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 5 of 10 over his last five games. He's also converted 68.8 percent of his free throws this season.

PERFECT WHEN: Lamar is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Cardinals are 2-5 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.

STREAK STATS: Lamar has lost its last four road games, scoring 56.8 points, while allowing 73.3 per game.

DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.2 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Cardinals 21st among Division I teams. Northwestern State has turned the ball over on 23 percent of its possessions (ranking the Demons 329th, nationally).

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