NICHOLLS AT NORTHWESTERN STATE
6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches (Southland Conference game)
Records: Nicholls (20-9 overall, 14-2 in the SLC); Northwestern State (4-23 overall, 1-15 in the SLC)
Coaches: Nicholls – Richie Riley (second season); Northwestern State – Mike McConathy (19th season)
Last meeting: Dec. 28 – Nicholls defeated Northwestern State, 87-46 (Northwestern State leads the all-time series, 71-42)
Statistical leaders: Nicholls -- Roddy Peters (19.3 pointer per game, 5.7 rebounds per game), Tevon Saddler (15.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Jahvaughn Powell (10.1 ppg, 65 3-pointers), Lafayette Rutledge (9.8 ppg, 89 3-pointers); Northwestern State – Ishmael Lane (13.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Iziahiah Sweeney (11.1 ppg, 21 3-pointers), Czar Larry Owens (6.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Notes: In their last games, Nicholls defeated New Orleans, 78-64, and Northwestern State lost to Southeastern Louisiana 86-62 ... Nicholls is 7-6 on the road, while Northwestern State is 1-10 at home ... Nicholls leads the Southland Conference standings and has already clinched a spot in the conference tournament, while McNeese is tied for last with Incarnate Word in the standings and has been eliminated for a spot in the conference tournament ... Nicholls has won 12 of its last 13 games, including seven in a row, and is having its best season in conference since winning the Southland title and competed in the NCAA tournament during the 1997-98 season ... Nicholls is projected to represent the Southland Conference in several NCAA tournament projections ... Nicholls has won six straight road games … Powell scored a team-high 22 points and tied a career high with eight steals against New Orleans … Northwestern State has lost 18 of its last 19 games ... Nicholls leads the Southland in scoring offense (84.3 ppg) and is eighth in scoring defense (75.7 ppg) ... Northwestern State is last in the conference in scoring offense (64.4 ppg) and is 11th in scoring defense (78.9 ppg) ... Peters (second), and Saddler (sixth) are ranked in the Top 10 in the conference’s scoring average, while Northwestern State’s top scorer – Lane – is 13th ... The Top 8 teams earn bids to the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, March 7-11, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas ... The game can be heard on 100.3-FM.