Men’s basketball ticket: Incarnate Word (6-9) at Lamar (10-6)

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2017

• When: 7 tonight

• Where: Montagne Center, Beaumont

• TV/Webcast: Spectrum Sports/

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• Radio: KLVI-AM 560

• Southland records: Incarnate Word 1-3, Lamar 2-1

• Series record: UIW leads 4-1; last meeting, UIW won 89-70 in San Antonio on Feb. 27, 2016

• About the game: First, how about the standings? The teams least favored to win the Southland championship are among the conference leaders. New Orleans, predicted to finish ninth, is first at 4-0, followed by Houston Baptist (preseason No. 5) at 3-1, and a three-way tie among Lamar (No. 12), Nicholls State (No. 13) and Central Arkansas (No. 11) each at 2-1. … Lamar is 7-1 at home and has won five of its last six following Saturday’s 20-point win over Southeastern Louisiana. Now, those Cardinals are facing a San Antonio flock of Cardinals who are next to last in the standings. UIW shoots the ball well from the field (45 percent) and from three-point range (37 percent), but Lamar leads the Southland in scoring offense (79.5 ppg). Tonight is the last of a three-game homestand for the Cardinals, who will spend the next three games on the road starting with Saturday’s visit to Abilene Christian. … Lamar’s women’s team will host UIW at 7 p.m. Thursday. — I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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