Russell Burnett is the RTC correspondent for the Southland Conference.
Predicted Order of Finish
- Southeastern Louisiana (13-3)
- Nicholls State (10-6)
- Lamar (9-7)
- Northwestern State (6-10)
- McNeese State (5-11)
- Central Arkansas (3-13)
- Stephen F. Austin (13-3)
- Sam Houston State (12-4)
- Texas State (9-7)
- UTSA (7-9)
- A&M-Corpus Christi (6-10)
- Texas-Arlington (3-13)
All-Conference Team (key stats from last season in parentheses)
- Anatoly Bose (F) – Nicholls State (21.1 ppg, 86 three-pointers made)
- Gilberto Clavell (F) – Sam Houston (17.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
- A.J. Stewart (C) – Texas State (5.7 PPG in 2008-09 for Kentucky)
- Anthony Miles (G) – Lamar (14 ppg, 3.0 apg)
- Devin Gibson (G) – UT-San Antonio (12.5 ppg, 4.4 apg)
- Cameron Johnson (F) – Texas State (14.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
- A.J. Stewart (F) – Texas State pulled in several transfers, but none bigger than the 6’9 Kentucky transfer. Having played in 29 games for the Wildcats as a sophomore, Stewart could have a big impact in a league not known for fielding a plethora of big men. Stewart led Arlington Country Day (Fla.) High School to three straight state championships.
What You Need to Know
- The Southland is a two-division league and made a change during the offseason. Stephen F. Austin moved from the East Division to the West and Lamar jumped from the West to the East.
- The Merrell Center in Katy is the site of the 2011 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. This is the third straight year the tournament has been played at a neutral site.
- The five-year transition process for Central Arkansas‘ athletic department is over. The school has now gained Division I active membership and will be eligible for postseason play in the Southland Conference and at the national level.
- There was a shake-up on the coaching front of a couple of teams in the offseason. Central Arkansas hired former Razorback great Corliss Williamson as its head coach, while Sam Houston State promoted assistant Jason Hooten after longtime coach Bob Marlin took over the helm at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Stephen F. Austin (NCAA seed: #15). The Lumberjacks were beaten in the tournament championship game by rival Sam Houston State last year. Head Coach Danny Kaspar always has his team in contention and this year his team-oriented style of play could reap benefits as the conference is void of any big-time NBA caliber talent. It could be a toss-up with Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston, but both teams should come out of the West bloodied, but not beaten.