Preview: Northwestern State

Demons are the early favorite to win the Southland Conference title

Updated: October 9, 2013, 4:03 PM ET
By Josh Reed | ESPN Insider

DeQuan HicksTroy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsSenior DeQuan Hicks is the favorite to win Southland Player of the Year in 2013-14.

Northwestern State Demons

2012-13: 23-9 (15-3)
In-conference offense: 1.09 points per possession (1st)
In-conference defense: 0.95 points allowed per possession (3rd)

The Demons are very much the Southland version of VCU. Like the Rams, Northwestern State plays at a very fast tempo (third-fastest in the country by adjusted tempo) and forces a lot of turnovers on defense. But the real talent for both teams lies on offense. This was the best offense in the Southland last season, and that doesn't figure to change in 2013-14.