SHSU, Incarnate Word meet in conference play
Sam Houston State (15-7, 8-3) vs. Incarnate Word (5-16, 2-8)
Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, San Antonio; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southland foes meet as Sam Houston State squares off against Incarnate Word. Both teams are coming off of losses this past Saturday. Incarnate Word lost 72-58 at Abilene Christian, while Sam Houston State fell 81-76 at home to Stephen F. Austin.
SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Kai Mitchell is averaging 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds to lead the charge for the Bearkats. Zach Nutall is also a key contributor, accounting for 14 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Cardinals have been led by Drew Lutz, who is averaging 10.9 points.
TAKING IT UP A NOTCH: The Cardinals have scored 65.9 points per game across 10 conference games, an improvement from the 56.8 per game they managed in non-conference play.DOMINANT DREW: Lutz has connected on 31.4 percent of the 86 3-pointers he's attempted and has made 8 of 25 over the last five games. He's also made 87.7 percent of his free throws this season.
SCORING THRESHOLDS: Incarnate Word is 0-14 when its offense scores 66 points or fewer. Sam Houston State is a perfect 8-0 when it holds opponents to 65 or fewer points.
PERFECT WHEN: Sam Houston State is a perfect 8-0 when it holds an opponent to 65 points or fewer. The Bearkats are 7-7 when opponents score more than 65.
DID YOU KNOW: The Sam Houston State offense has scored 80.7 points per game this season, ranking the Bearkats 14th among Division I teams. The Incarnate Word defense has allowed 73.7 points per game to opponents (ranked 260th overall).
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