Stephen F. Austin and Abilene Christian know each other pretty well. ACU head coach Brette Tanner was an assistant at SFA prior to coming to Abilene. The Jacks and Wildcats have split the last three years. ACU swept the season series last season. SFA swept the season series in 2019-20 and the teams split the season series in 2018-19. Both have been to the NCAA Tournament in recent years.
And both schools wear purple and white. So what will give in perhaps the game of the week on Thursday night at the Teague Center?
Matt Adkins talks about SFA, the two games from 2021 and how there will be some rust for the Jacks. SFA hasn’t played in nearly two weeks since Dec. 18 at Kansas. COVID protocols created a mess for SFA’s opponents. And who will step up alongside Gavin Kensmil? Who can provide that scoring punch? Adkins gives his take in the first part of this episode.
In the second part ACU play-by-play voice Grant Boone gives his take on the game. But Boone also discusses the WAC, the intriguing matchups and so forth. ACU has won 21 straight games at the Teague Center. And in all 21 of those games, the Wildcats have won by double figures. Will that change Thursday night against former Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin? It remains to be seen. It is why we play the games.
How will the matchup in the paint between Gavin Kensmil and Airion Simmons look? Can WAC Player of the Week Cam Steele have another big night for the Wildcats? There are just some very intriguing storylines in this battle of supremacy. ACU has won 11 straight games. SFA’s last game was a loss at Kansas in mid-December. So, something has to give on Thursday night in West Texas, right?
The game can be seen on ESPN+ with tip set for 6 p.m. MT.