Associated Press March 8, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com La.-Lafeyette, Ga. Southern meet in Sun Belt quarters SQUAD LEADERSHIP: The Ragin’ Cajuns are led by Jalen Johnson and Mylik Wilson. Johnson has averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Wilson has put up 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Eagles have been led by seniors Ike Smith and Isaiah Crawley. Smith has averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while Crawley has put up 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.JUMPING FOR JALEN: Johnson has connected on 27.9 percent of the 154 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 16 over his last three games. He’s also converted 82.6 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 14-9 when scoring at least 65.WINNING WHEN: Georgia Southern is a perfect 5-0 when the team records 11 or more steals. The Eagles are 13-13 when they steal the ball fewer than 11 times.TOUGH DEFENSE: Georgia Southern has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 22 percent of all possessions, the highest rate among all Sun Belt teams.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLouisiana-Lafayette (14-18, 9-12) vs. No. 5 seed Georgia Southern (18-13, 12-8)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse, Statesboro, Georgia; Monday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Sun Belt semifinals is on the line as Louisiana-Lafayette and Georgia Southern prepare to meet. In the regular season, Georgia Southern won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 8, when the Eagles outshot Louisiana-Lafayette 58.2 percent to 48.3 percent and recorded five fewer turnovers en route to the 86-79 victory.
Draisaitl now leads with 34 points on the year.MORE: Connor McDavid shows off wizardry with goal vs. DucksThe 24-year-old was previously tied with David Pastrnak heading into Sunday. Pastrnak did not record a point in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, and Draisaitl was able to jump into first for the time being. He’s now on pace to finish the season with 147 points. You read that right — 147 points. No player has managed over 140 points in a season since Mario Lemieux recorded 161 in 1995-96. Here are three takeaways from the Oilers’ win.SN MAILBAG: Taylor Hall, John Carlson and the 2020 NHL DraftConnor McDavid joins the 400-club — and records a hat trickMcDavid is no stranger to milestones or high expectations, and he surpassed both with a strong performance on Sunday.The 22-year-old forward was able to score on an impressive wheel-and-deal goal — he turned on the jets and fired a quick shot past Gibson to regain the Oilers’ first-period lead, making the score 2-1. McDavid’s tally was his 400th career point.Connor McDavid, Mr. 4⃣0⃣0⃣.The 22-year-old joins the 400-point club with his third goal in four games.pic.twitter.com/vbKoVQp0wj— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) November 11, 2019With 137 goals and 263 assists, McDavid is just the seventh player in the league history to reach 400 career points before his 23rd birthday and the 13th-fastest to hit the mark (306 games).But wait — there’s more. McDavid wasn’t finished, and in the third period, the Richmond Hill, Ont. native netted a highlight-reel tally and a power-play goal for his fifth career hat trick.He also extended his point streak to four games and has a point in eight of his last nine matchups, as well as 11 goals and 30 points on the season, which ties him with David Pastrnak for second in NHL scoring.Nuge comes up hugeRyan Nugent-Hopkins has been improving his game of late. Although he already had 11 points in 18 games coming into Sunday’s matchup, he hadn’t scored a goal in 11 games. He put an end to that drought on Sunday — and in style.Just 1:28 into the game, Nugent-Hopkins picked up a loose puck behind the net that had trickled down the ice into the offensive zone, collected it then fired it past John Gibson to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season and would also mark his second-consecutive game with a point, as well as his fifth multi-point game of the season.Nuge 👏 is 👏 HUGE 👏pic.twitter.com/H3hTypTuB1— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) November 11, 2019He did it all again in the second period, too. With Edmonton on the power play, Nugent-Hopkins displayed great patience and vision as used Alex Chiasson as a screen and fired a clean, on-target shot that went top-shelf, left-corner to make it 3-1 for the Oilers with his second goal of the game.The 26-year-old also displayed great speed and patience with the puck and was able to generate a number of scoring chances. Nugent-Hopkins now has six points in his last six games — three of those being multi-point performances — and is on pace for 56 points, which would mark his second-consecutive 50-plus point season after he finished with 69 points last year.Leon Draisaitl reclaims NHL scoring leadYep, Draisaitl was Draisaitl on Sunday.As is most commonly the case, the German winger connected with McDavid for a goal and notched a primary assist on the play. In the second period, he had yet another helper. With that, he extended his point streak to nine games — and more importantly took the league lead in scoring with 31 points in 19 games to kick off 2019-20.He wasn’t done there; he added another assist, finding Nugent-Hopkins in the slot for his second goal of the season, while also assisting on a highlight-reel tally from Connor McDavid and his hat-trick goal minutes later for four assists on the evening. The Edmonton Oilers were in for a rough-and-tumble Pacific Division matchup in what was to be a semi-important game against the Anaheim Ducks. If the Ducks won, Anaheim would move to 21 points, three outside the Pacific Division lead. If not, Edmonton would be able to add to its lead with 26 points, which would put them ahead of second-place Calgary by five points.En route to a 6-2 victory, Connor McDavid recorded a hat trick — as well as a goal-of-the-year candidate —while Leon Draisaitl added four assists of his own. The Oilers’ PK was also solid, killing off all five of Anaheim’s power-play opportunities as Edmonton advanced to 12-5-2 on the season, and Mikko Koskinen also impressed 31 saves on 33 shots. The team is also 3-0-1 against divisional teams this season.