Small Conference Game of the Day – February 3

Following Akron’s win over Ohio yesterday, we have finally reached Super Sunday.  After today, football will begin to take a back seat in American sports and the next major event (other than pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training) will be March Madness.

For today’s game, there are only a few limited choices.  However, we are going to go with one of the strangest scheduled games that I can recall.  If there is one thing every major sports program knows, it is that you do not schedule any event to take place at the same time as the Super Bowl.  Yet, with a 6:30 PM Eastern kickoff for the big game, for some reason Northwestern State and McNeese State chose to tipoff a game today at 5:30 PM Eastern (regional coverage on Comcast Sports).

Northwestern State travels to McNeese today coming off of a blowout of Lamar and a prior SCGD victory over Southland co-leader Stephen F. Austin.  They are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the county, led by DeQuan Hicks, Shamir Davis, Jalan West and James Hulbin.  The Demons can pull to within one game of first place with a win here.  McNeese State, on the other hand, is only 2-7 in conference play so far this year and, but for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi being ineligible and Lamar just being flat out awful, would be in danger is failing to qualify into the Southland tournament (top 8 teams only participate).  Their KenPom rating is well over 300, though they do have a notable win on the year of WAC leader Louisiana Tech.

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