In Southland action on Thursday night: Stephen F. Austin improved to 17-0 in league play with an 83-72 home win over Oral Roberts. SFA has now won 25 consecutive games, and 32 consecutive games at home. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat visiting McNeese 67-51. Sam Houston State beat visiting Southeastern Louisiana 71-54. Northwestern State scored 72 second half points in defeating visiting Central Arkansas 119-102. Nicholls grabbed a road win 75-62 at Houston Baptist. Lamar won for the first time under interim coach Tic Price, beating visiting New Orleans 89-72.
Here are the seeding scenarios heading into Saturday's regular season finales:
1. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 28-2, 17-0 (vs UCA ESPN3): The Lumberjacks have clinched the number one seed and a double bye into the semifinals.
2. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 16-14, 13-4 (vs Nicholls): The Islanders clinch the number two seed and a double bye into the semifinals with a win over Nicholls, OR with a Sam Houston State loss to New Orleans. They can finish no lower than third place.
3. Sam Houston St. Bearkats 20-9, 12-5 (vs UNO): The Bearkats clinch the number two seed and a double bye into the semifinals with a win over New Orleans AND a Corpus Christi loss vs Nicholls. They can finish no lower than third place.
4. Northwestern St. Demons 15-13, 11-6 (vs ORU)
5. Nicholls Colonels 13-13, 10-7 (at AMCC)
6. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 16-14, 10-7 (at NWST)
If NWST beats ORU and Nicholls beats AMCC: NWST is 4, Nicholls is 5, ORU is 6.
If NWST beats ORU and AMCC beats Nicholls: NWST is 4, Nicholls is 5, ORU is 6.
If ORU beats NWST and Nicholls beats AMCC: NWST is 4, Nicholls is 5, ORU is 6.
If ORU beats NWST and AMCC beats Nicholls: ORU is 4, NWST is 5, Nicholls is 6.
7. McNeese St. Cowboys 10-19, 8-9 (at HBU): The Cowboys are locked into the number seven seed.
8. SE Louisiana Lions 11-17, 6-11 (at LU): The Lions clinch the eight seed with a win over Lamar OR a Central Arkansas loss to SFA.
9. Central Arkansas Bears 8-20, 5-12 (at SFA ESPN3): The Bears clinch the eight seed with a win over SFA AND a Southeastern Louisiana loss at Lamar.
Lamar and Houston Baptist have been eliminated from tournament contention.
New Orleans, Incarnate Word, and Abilene Christian are ineligible for post season play this season.
If the Southland Tournament started today…
#5 Nicholls (10-7) vs #8 Southeastern Louisiana (6-11)
#6 Oral Roberts (10-7) vs #7 McNeese (8-9)
#4 Northwestern State (11-6) vs Nicholls/SLU
#3 Sam Houston State (12-5) vs ORU/McNeese
#1 Stephen F. Austin (17-0) vs NWST/Nicholls/SLU
#2 A&M-Corpus Christi (13-4) vs SHSU/ORU/McNeese
Locked seeds in bold