Date: Sunday, November 22nd
Location: Hammond, LA
Coach: Jay Lander (2nd year)
Conference: Southland Conference
2014-15 Record: 9-23 (6-12 conference)
The Lions are another team coming off a rough 2014-15 year. Winning only 3 of their non conference games before going 6-12 in conference. Most of their problems came from lack of depth, size in the paint, and most importantly injuries that plagued their season.
The staring five were known to be able to play against anyone. A decent group of players that helped keep them in many of their losses. Unfortunately there was a fairly sharp drop off at the bench. Once injuries starting creeping in to the starting lineup the losses piled on as the season progressed. Add on a lack of size and anyone would have a hard time winning games.
With that said, they did beat Incarnate Word in double overtime. Can we say that? Nope, we cant!
I really need to get over that loss....
The Lions did do what they could in the off season to alleviate the problems from last year. Preseason rehabilitation has the team healthy and feeling going going into the season. To help with size they picked up two 6'8" forwards from Junior College National Champ Northwest Florida State in Jordan Capps and Keith Charleston. They along with 6'10" forward Dominic Nelson will add some much needed size and depth to help throughout the season.
Another player to watch is senior guard Zay Jackson. Jackson ended the year with 15.4 PPG and 4.6 APG, both of which lead the team. He was recently elected to the pre-season second team in the Southland conference.
While it looks like the Lions should improve in coach Lander's second year, I think it would be hard to say that they will be much of a threat to the Huskers this early into the season.