FRISCO — The men’s basketball game between McNeese State and Nicholls State Saturday will be the Southland Conference Television Network game of the week. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with tipoff scheduled five minutes later.
With a 60-58 win at Central Arkansas Wednesday night, Nicholls State clinched a berth into the 2009 State Farm Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, March 11-15, at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. It is the first tournament berth for the Colonels since the 2001 season. Ryan Bathie leads Nicholls in scoring with 15.6 points per game, a figure that ranks fifth in the conference. In league games, he ranks fourth with 16.8 points per game. Anatoly Bose and Fred Hunter are also averaging in double figures for the Colonels with 14.2 and 11.1 points, respectively. Nicholls is 9-4 in conference play and sits one game behind Stephen F. Austin in the East Division standings. The team’s 16 wins are the most since they won 19 games and claimed the Southland tournament championship.
McNeese State is still fighting for a tournament berth. The Cowboys dropped to 5-8 in the Southland after a 75-60 home loss to Sam Houston State, the West Division leader. McNeese is 11-15 overall and has lost its last two games after winning four of its previous five. Diego Kapelan is averaging 12.2 points per game to lead the Cowboys, who are also getting 11.1 points per game from John Pichon. Kleon Penn entered the week ranked fourth in the nation averaging 3.4 blocks per game. He has blocked at least six shots in a game seven times this season and has twice blocked eight.
Nicholls State won this season’s earlier meeting, 56-45, on Jan. 28, though McNeese leads the all-time series 41-29.
The game is also available on SLC NOW, the Southland’s subscription-based online video and audio streaming channel. Pricing for the SLC NOW webcast is $5.95 per game, $39.95 for a season pass, or $59.95 for an annual pass, which entitles the subscriber to every live event broadcast by the league.
As one of the nation’s newest and innovative broadcast opportunities, the Southland Conference Television Network will televise 35 events during the 2008-09 academic year. A total of eight football games, 16 basketball contests along with the championship games of the Southland volleyball and baseball tournaments will be featured on the network that will serve numerous television stations and cable systems in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition, the network package includes “Inside the Southland Conference,” a nine-episode monthly magazine show that highlights each of the league’s 12 campuses and their surrounding communities.
The Southland TV Network presently has the following affiliates: WBTR in Baton Rouge, La.; KFDM/Time Warner Cable in Beaumont, Texas; KTBU in Houston; KVHP in Lake Charles, La.; WVUE 8.2 in New Orleans; Texas State Cable Ch. 17 in San Marcos, Texas; KPXJ in Shreveport, La.; MYTX in Tyler, Texas; KARZ in Little Rock, Ark.; and select Time Warner Cable systems in Texas, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, San Marcos and Waco. Following the game and throughout Texas, the broadcast will be available on Time Warner Cable’s Video-On-Demand service.
Doug Anderson, who served as play-by-play announcer for the network during football season, will have that same assignment for each of the 10 men’s basketball games on the network. Joining him on the telecast will be color analyst LaDarrin McLane.
For more information on the Southland Conference TV Network and SLC NOW, visit www.southland.org.
— FROM THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE/TODD LAMB
|San Marcos||Time Warner Cable||Channel 77 & Video-On-Demand|
|Texas State campus||Grande Cable||Channel 17|
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