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2016-17 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

After four straight years of unprecedented dominance by Stephen F. Austin, the Southland Conference had a different look in the 2016-17 season.

Cooling off after making national waves the previous three years, SFA came back to the Southland pack some this past year. With a new coach, just four returnees from the year before and then a rash of injuries to boot, the Lumberjacks no longer were so clearly superior to the rest of the Southland. Stephen F. Austin finished 18-15 overall, though its finishing just one game out of a tie for the regular season title still sent a message of a program reloading, not rebuilding.

The Southland lost its top-heaviness, though it also lost out on the national notoriety SFA generated for the conference when it won a pair of NCAA Tournament games and very nearly advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2016. In its place, though, the league still had one of the great comeback stories of the entire season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 8, 2017

by - Published January 8, 2017 in Columns

The first Saturday of the new year brought us a rarity in college basketball during conference play: a day with few meaningful upsets of any kind.

Nineteen nationally ranked teams played on Saturday. Eighteen of them won. The only one that didn’t (Virginia Tech) was playing on the road against a higher ranked team (Florida State). Of course, it certainly helped that 12 of the 19 ranked teams were playing at home, but the road wins were mostly no slouches (Creighton won at Providence, Louisville was victorious at Georgia Tech, Butler beat a desperate Georgetown team, Cincinnati topped Houston and even Saint Mary’s had to overcome rival San Francisco).

January madness? Not on this day. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 17, 2016

by - Published November 17, 2016 in The Morning Dish

After the incredible success Brad Underwood had at Stephen F. Austin, it should’ve stood to reason that whenever he left for a bigger program that it would be watched exceptionally closely.

Underwood’s three-year run at SFA-an 89-14 record, three straight NCAA Tournament trips and two NCAA memorable wins out of a league in the Southland Conference that has frequently dwelled near the bottom of Division I-put him up alongside names such as Brad Stevens and even Adolph Rupp for the best starts to a coaching career. And yet, his move to Oklahoma State this year has seemed to generate fairly little national interest in a sport where increasingly it seems all many media want to talk about are Duke, Kentucky, freshmen and how badly the sport “needs” to move to four quarters because somehow that would keep players from committing a ton of fouls (huh?). … Continue Reading

2015-16 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 3, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Southland Conference has had greatness in its midst the past four years, as Stephen F. Austin has put together what is nothing less than the most dominant four-year stretch in the league’s 53-year history.

The Lumberjacks in 2015-16 completed their second perfect 18-0 conference season in three years, becoming the first to win four consecutive outright regular season titles in Southland annals. SFA is a staggering 69-3 in league games over that stretch and 116-19 overall, averaging a nifty 29 wins per year. The last two years, Brad Underwood’s team followed a familiar pattern of taking a few early season losses against top competition before gelling and thoroughly dominating in conference, winning 35 of 36 league games. … Continue Reading

2014-15 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 19, 2015 in Columns, Conference Notes

Those buying into the overhyped storyline about college basketball being unwatchable this past season could’ve found their antidote if only they watched a little bit more of Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference.

SFA ran through the Southland as Coach Brad Underwood led his team to a second consecutive memorable year. The Lumberjacks lost just once in SLC play and ran off 28 wins in 29 games before a cold-shooting performance in the NCAA Tournament kept them from duplicating their feat from a year earlier of scoring a first round victory as a 12 seed in the Big Dance.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook – February 13, 2015

by - Published February 13, 2015 in Columns

Some brief college basketball thoughts from around the country, high and low in Division I, in the middle of February:

  • Everyone has shared their Dean Smith recollections and stories this week, and they are all enjoyable and speak well of a legend of college basketball. Never had the pleasure to meet Dean Smith, but do remember watching his teams play for a number of years. One game from this memory sums up what we saw of UNC basketball under Dean Smith.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 13, 2015

by - Published January 13, 2015 in The Morning Dish

We now live in a world with six full-fledged comprehensive national sports networks, most of them available on fairly basic cable systems. There are also numerous other national and regional sports networks and outlets, some of them even focused on college sports entirely.

With all of this, one would’ve thought at least one of those networks somewhere would’ve had the stones to provide some fair counter programming to the college football game last night. Some kind of college basketball event-even on a lark-would’ve been a welcome alternative to umpteen channels of coverage of the same game.

All of the aforementioned channels fancy themselves as challengers in the sports television landscape. Instead, given the chance to do something interesting or-gasp-different, it seems programmers were scared and thought it easier to punt, to concede the night as a throwaway. That’s unfortunate.
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2013-14 Southland Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes

Few college basketball teams in a season have a true program-defining year, with unprecedented success that resets the bar for what they’re capable of accomplishing. What Stephen F. Austin did this year out of the Southland Conference, though, most certainly qualifies.

The Lumberjacks had a truly special season, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the Southland since Louisiana Tech was a member and none other than Karl Malone was leading the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 in 1985. Stephen F. Austin went 32-3, including a 29-game winning streak and a perfect 18-0 run through the SLC. Topping it off was a memorable NCAA Tournament win over VCU before the run finally ended in the Round of 32 against hot-shooting UCLA.

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