Preview: Northwestern State

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

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.