Seattle (7-18) at Texas State (8-19)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Strahan Coliseum (7,200) -- San Marcos, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: Seattle 5-11, TSU 3-10. Away Record: Seattle 2-7, TSU 4-7. Neutral Record: Seattle 0-0, TSU 1-2. Conference Record: Seattle 2-13, TSU 3-11. Series Record: Texas State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams meeting for just the second time ever get together at Strahan Coliseum in San Marco on Thursday night, as the Texas State Bobcats play host to the Seattle Redhawks in Western Athletic Conference action.
Texas State, which won the first meeting of the campaign on the road back on Jan. 26 by a score of 86-83, immediately followed that victory with five consecutive defeats, all in conference play. Now sitting at just 3-11 versus the rest of the WAC, TSU has since ended that slide with a 74-61 triumph over Lamar last Saturday in non-conference action.
Of the two teams with a weaker WAC record than the Bobcats, the Redhawks are one of them with a mark of just 2-13. In fact, Seattle has the worst record of any program in the WAC right now after losing to Texas-Arlington in the most recent outing, 65-63, back on Feb. 16. Seattle has now bowed in five straight games.
Almost two weeks ago now, the Redhawks sized up UT-Arlington and came up just short in a two-point decision at Key Arena as not a single starter for the hosts scored in double figures. Instead, it was Jarell Flora who tallied a game-high 18 points in 28 minutes off the bench, followed by Deshaun Sunderhaus with 13 points and seven boards in a reserve role as well before fouling out.
In conference games, the Redhawks are generating a mere 63.9 ppg, partly because they are shooting only 27.8 percent from 3-point range and also due to a lackluster 62.1 percent effort at the free-throw line. Clarence Trent, the lone double-digit scorer for the group with 10.5 ppg, is also responsible for a team-high 6.0 rpg, but his 25.6 percent accuracy out on the perimeter and 62.5 percent at the charity stripe are part of the problem.
The defense for the Bobcats not only held Lamar to just 36.1 percent shooting from the floor, it also prevented the hosts from making even one of their three tries behind the 3-point line in the double-digit win last weekend. Joel Wright led all scorers with 27 points, adding seven rebounds, six assists, four blocked shots and a couple of steals in order to offset his five turnovers, followed by Deonte Jones and Matt Staff with 19 and 12 points, respectively, the latter accounting for 11 rebounds as well.
Wright has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Bobcats this season, leading the squad in scoring (18.7 ppg) against WAC members and also clearing 6.6 rpg in those matchups. Wright has made good on 97-of-128 (.758) at the free-throw line and while his accuracy is nothing to brag about, what is important to note is that no one on the team has even attempted more than 40 shots at the stripe over 14 games, reinforcing just how important he is to Texas State.
As long as Wright is rolling along for the Bobcats and perhaps someone else can give him some support on Thursday night, there's no reason to think Texas State cannot defend its home court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas State 68, Seattle 57
02/28 10:33:39 ET