The Colonels (14-9, 8-2 SLC) sit in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny in chasing a Southland Conference championship with no other two-loss teams remaining. Nicholls battles Abilene Christian (14-10, 6-5 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. CT on the road before Houston Baptist visits Thibodeaux, La., on Saturday at 3 p.m. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls enters week seven of Southland Conference men’s basketball play in sole possession of first place, coming off an 81-64 win over New Orleans on Saturday. New Orleans (12-11, 9-3 SLC), Sam Houston State (14-10, 8-3 SLC), Southeastern Louisiana (14-10, 8-3 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (18-5, 7-3 SLC) are within reach of the Colonels. Additional Storylines: The Privateers’ lone game of the week is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-12, 5-5 SLC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bearkats get a chance at stopping the hottest team in the league, the Islanders, hosting them tonight at 6:30 p.m. Corpus Christi is currently on a four-game win streak after starting the league season 1-5. Sam Houston also competes at home Saturday against Lamar (14-10, 6-5 SLC) at 6:15 p.m. All three games will be available on ESPN3. The Lions hit the road with games against UIW tonight at 7 p.m. and McNeese on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks, who fell in Beaumont 76-54 on Saturday, contest the Cowboys in Lake Charles, La., on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and return home to take on Northwestern State (3-19, 0-11 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. • Standing Alone: Nicholls reclaimed the top spot in conference on Saturday with an 81-64 victory at home over defending conference champion New Orleans (12-11, 9-3 Southland). The Colonels are now the only two-loss conference team.• I’ll Take That: Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls and Lamar rank in the top eight nationally for three key defensive categories: Steals per game, total steals and turnovers forced. The Lumberjacks are second in steals per game and total steals and first in turnovers forced. The Colonels are fourth, sixth and seventh for the same three categories, respectively. The Cardinals are seventh in steals per game and total steals and eighth in turnovers forced.• Island of Their Own: After beginning Southland play 1-5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has strung together four consecutive wins to move to .500 in league action. The Islanders visit Sam Houston State on Wednesday, who they lost to earlier this season, 82-50.• Oh Home, Let Me Come Home: SFA is one of 27 teams that are undefeated at home this season. The Lumberjacks are 12-0 at Johnson Coliseum this season and hold a tie for the 11th best home win streak nationally (14 games).• Bear With Me: Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard ranks third in the nation for points per game (25.5 ppg). Teammate Hayden Koval is 10th in NCAA Division I for blocked shots per game (2.87).
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Next game for Raptors: Making final pitch to Kawhi Leonard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It was exciting. It was good to see,” said Casey, now the coach of the Detroit Pistons. “To see a guy like Kyle Lowry, kid like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and those guys — Serge Ibaka, guys I coached — win. It was really thrilling, because I know that was a goal going in with that group, and to see them win it was great.”Casey was at the Pistons’ practice facility Friday, when they introduced first-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya. When asked about the Raptors, he also said he was happy for the fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“For that city to win a championship, it had to be thrilling for them,” Casey said. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 11: Head Coach Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons coaches his team against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on March 11, 2019 in New York City. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPAUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title.Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons but was fired last offseason — even though he’d just guided the Raptors to a team-record 59 wins and would eventually win coach of the year honors. Nick Nurse took over, and Toronto won its first championship this month.ADVERTISEMENT