Double Doubles: Central Arkansas’ Kierra Jordan put up an 11-point-10-rebound performance last Saturday and ranks first in the league with seven double doubles against conference opponents and eight overall. RPI: Central Arkansas tops the Southland in NCAA RPI rankings at No. 96, while Stephen F. Austin sits just outside the top-100 at No. 113. Defending regular season champion Abilene Christian (13-6, 7-2 SLC) heads to Lamar (13-6, 8-1 SLC) tonight for a pivotal matchup at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3. The Cardinals are currently riding a five-game win streak and hold sole possession of second place in the standings. The Wildcats sit in fourth place and look to improve their 1-2 road conference record. FRISCO, Texas – The top women’s basketball teams in the conference will again have multiple opportunities to separate themselves from each other as the sixth week of league play begins tonight. Additional Storylines Cardinals’ Margin: Lamar’s high-powered offense tops the Southland at 76.7 points per game, while their No. 2 defense (53.9 points per game) helps them comfortably rank first in scoring margin with +22.8 against league foes. Saturday, Feb. 3McNeese at Northwestern State* (ESPN3) – 1 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UIW* – 1 p.m.Central Arkansas at Southeastern Louisiana* (SLCDN) – 2 p.m.Nicholls at New Orleans* – 2 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 2 p.m.Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 3 p.m. Home Sweet Home: Stephen F. Austin stands as the only Division I program to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams undefeated at home this season. The Lumberjacks are 12-0 while the Ladyjacks are 11-0. New Orleans (11-10, 7-3 SLC) aims to continue its mid-season surge at Northwestern State tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Privateers have rattled off five consecutive conference wins and currently sit in fifth place in the standings. They continue to be led by offensive spearhead Randi Brown, who averages 22.7 points per game in 10 Southland contests, while also possessing the No. 8 scorer in the league, Kayla Mundy (14.6 points per game). * Southland Conference game Wednesday, Jan. 31McNeese at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 6:30 p.m.New Orleans at Northwestern State* – 6:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 8-0 SLC) puts their record to the test on the road twice this week – first at Houston Baptist (6-13, 2-7 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. before heading to Lamar on Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN3. As one of only three teams with only eight league games played, the Ladyjacks still continue to rank in the top three in scoring offense, scoring defense and scoring margin, assists and steals. This Week’s Matchups
THE BUNDESLIGA is primed for it’s second weekend of live action since returning from coronavirus suspension.English fans trying to decide which German team to adopt to satisfy their footy cravings can stop scratching their heads.5 Premier League fans will be cheering on Bundesliga sides this weekendAnd some Premier League supporters should find picking a Bundesliga club quite simple…Here at SunSport we’ve compiled this handy guide on who to follow – and tweet #adoptagerman to get involved on social media!BAYERN MUNICHLeague position: 1st Boss: Hansi FlickWhich Prem club would they be: MAN UTD. Biggest club in Germany and the one everyone else loves to hate.Why you should support them: Bayern have won seven titles in a row and a staggering 29 in total. Very rarely will you go home and kick the cat.BORUSSIA DORTMUNDLeague position: 2nd Boss: Lucien FavreWhich Prem club would they be: LIVERPOOL. Jurgen Klopp was boss, they sing You’ll Never Walk Alone…it’s a match made in heaven.Why you should support them: The Yellow Wall is the eighth wonder of the world. Capable of intimidating opponents and throwing confetti in perfect unison.RB LEIPZIGLeague position: 3rd Boss: Julian NagelsmannWhich Prem club would they be: MAN CITY. Gung-ho and wealthy. But City are liked by other fans, Leipzig are not.Why you should support them: They make Pep Guardiola look conservative. Three at the back, one vaguely defensive midfielder, everyone else bombs forward.5BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACHLeague position: 4th Boss: Marco RoseWhich Prem club would they be: ARSENAL. Big club, very successful in the 70s, can’t quite replicate their past glories.Why you should support them: Their sense of humour. When a Scottish pub called them ‘A German Team’ after giving up trying to spell their name, the club changed its Twitter tag to match.BAYER LEVERKUSENLeague position: 5th Boss: Peter BoszWhich Prem club would they be: CHELSEA. Exciting young talent, a regular top-four challenger and a mainstay in Europe.Why you should support them: The original works team. Gone from pharmaceutical XI to Champions League. Their Twitter account (@bayer04_en) is the best in Germany.SCHALKELeague position: 6th Boss: David WagnerWhich Prem club would they be: SPURS. Massive club, state-of-the-art stadium, haven’t won much recently.Why you should support them: Their ground is sponsored by a brewery and boasts a three-mile beer pipeline that pumps Pilsner to more than 100 bars.WOLFSBURGLeague position: 7th Boss: Oliver GlasnerWhich Prem club would they be: WOLVES. Clue is in the name. Both have plenty of bite and a European pedigree.Why you should support them: Backed by Volkswagen, who own the world’s biggest car plant next door, they are reliable, practical and capable of overtaking more illustrious models.5 Bayern are Germany’s biggest and most successful clubCredit: Getty Images – GettyFREIBURGLeague position: 8th Boss: Christian StreichWhich Prem club would they be: BURNLEY. Defying the odds season after season with team spirit and a cult figure as coach.Why you should support them: Their old-school stadium may not look much but the Black Forest background makes it the most picturesque in Germany. Shame they’re moving next season.HOFFENHEIMLeague position: 9th Boss: Alfred SchreuderWhich Prem club would they be: LEICESTER. Ruffled the feathers of the top-four hierarchy, albeit with significant investment.Why you should support them: If you play Football Manager, then they’re right up your street. Take a fifth division village side in 2000 to the Champions League…with the help of a lorry load of cash.COLOGNELeague position: 10th Boss: Markus GisdolWhich Prem club would they be: NEWCASTLE. Iconic stadium, crazy fanbase and a team capable of imploding at any minute.Why you should support them: Their mascot is a live goat called Hennes. Former striker Lukas Podolski loves the city so much he owns a kebab house there.UNION BERLINLeague position: 11th Boss: Urs FischerWhich Prem club would they be: SHEFF UTD. Promoted last May and the surprise package of this season’s Bundesliga.Why you should support them: What with the Cold War and a rivalry with the Stasi-backed BFC Dynamo, they haven’t had it easy. Their current stadium was actually rebuilt by their fans.5 Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall is one of the most iconic stands in EuropeCredit: Getty Images – GettyEINTRACHT FRANKFURTLeague position: 12th Boss: Adi HutterWhich Prem club would they be: EVERTON. Should be higher in the table but always more likely to win a cup than a title.Why you should support them: The president Peter Fischer is almost as passionate as the fans. Once accused of inciting a pyrotechnic show by proclaiming: “The stadium must burn today.”HERTHA BERLINLeague position: 13th Boss: Bruno LabbadiaWhich Prem club would they be: WEST HAM. Big-city team playing in an Olympic Stadium, often accused of under-achieving.Why you should support them: They are never ever boring. Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the club in February by announcing his resignation as manager in a Facebook post.AUGSBURGLeague position: 14th Boss: Heiko HerrlichWhich Prem club would they be: BRIGHTON/WATFORD. Established as a top-flight club but always with one eye over their shoulder.Why you should support them: Despite living in the shadow of Munich, they are still burning brightly in the Bundesliga…partly due to the psychedelic lights that adorn their stadium.5 Schalke are one of Germany’s best-supported clubsCredit: Getty Images – GettyMAINZLeague position: 15th Boss: Achim BeierlorzerWhich Prem club would they be: CRYSTAL PALACE. Likeable underdogs. The only difference is Mainz’s ground sits in a cornfield, Palace is a little more built up.Why you should support them: The club where Jurgen Klopp played and then cut his impressive teeth as a manager. Klopp won promotion to the top flight and is loved almost as much as their carnival season.FORTUNA DUSSELDORFLeague position: 16th Boss: Uwe RoslerWhich Prem club would they be: SOUTHAMPTON. Enjoyed their most successful spell in the 70s when they were winning domestic cup competitions.Why you should support them: One of the oldest clubs in Germany and the setting for TV’s Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Also the home of 80s band Kraftwerk, who based their hit The Model on the city’s fashion industry.WERDER BREMENLeague position: 17th Boss: Florian KohfeldtWhich Prem club would they be: ASTON VILLA. Countless trophies in the past. For a club of their size and stature, they should be nowhere near a relegation battle.Why you should support them: Every goal is greeted with an enthusiastic rendition of The Proclaimers’ 500 miles that puts most wedding parties to shame. The only ground in Germany you can reach by boat.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidPADERBORNLeague position: 18th Boss: Steffen BaumgartWhich Prem club would they be: NORWICH/BOURNEMOUTH. A combination of the two. The size of Bournemouth coupled with the survival chances of Norwich.Why you should support them: They need all the help they can get. Promoted last year as surprise runners-up and a real yo-yo club. They have been in five different divisions in six years.