Texas State (6-14) at Seattle (6-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Key Arena (17,072) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: None. Home Record: TSU 3-7, Seattle 4-7. Away Record: TSU 2-5, Seattle 2-5. Neutral Record: TSU 1-2, Seattle 0-0. Conference Record: TSU 2-6, Seattle 1-7. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between two of the newest members of the Western Athletic Conference takes place at Key Arena on Saturday night, as the Seattle Redhawks entertain the Texas State Bobcats.
Even though they have won a total of just six games this season, the Bobcats are currently enjoying a two-game win streak. On Thursday, the squad took care of business against Idaho on the road at the Cowan Spectrum, 78-73, which means the squad is now 2-6 in league play which has them eighth in the standings.
Just behind the Bobcats in the WAC is Seattle, which has won just once in eight league opportunities. Two nights ago, the Redhawks hosted Texas-San Antonio and bowed in a 78-75 final. The setback was the second in a row and the sixth in seven tries for the program at this stage of the campaign.
He may not have been in the starting lineup, but that didn't stop Joel Wright from stepping up and producing a career-high 37 points in 34 minutes for the Bobcats in their win over Idaho. Wright knocked down 12-of-20 shots from the field and 12-of-15 at the free-throw line, adding six rebounds, five assists and five steals along the way in one of the most complete efforts by any player in the WAC this season. Phil Hawkins added 16 points for the visitors to the Cowan Spectrum, followed by Reid Koenen with 10 points. Wright, who has started 14 games this season for the Bobcats, is the leader in the scoring department with his 17.4 ppg and is also first with 6.5 rpg as well. However, as someone who handles the ball as much as he does, Wright has also turned the ball over almost 3.5 times per contest as well.
Seattle trailed the entire game against the Roadrunners on Thursday, falling behind by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the hosts made a strong run after intermission before coming up just three points shy. Deshaun Sunderhaus led the way with 16 points for the hosts, followed by D'Vonne Pickett who filled his stat line with 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Off the bench it was Jarell Flora who provided a spark with 12 points, hitting 4-of-8 behind the 3-point line as he closed the gap late for the Redhawks. On a team that generally gets very balanced scoring efforts, Sunderhaus is second with 10.2 ppg, trailing only Clarence Trent who has generated 11.3 ppg in his 18 starts. The dup has combined for slightly more than 13 rebounds per game and that has given the group a rebounding advantage of more than six per game at the moment.
To expect Wright to have another monster game for the Bobcats, on the road after such a quick turn-around, would be unrealistic, but that doesn't mean TSU can't come up big as a team again on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas State 68, Seattle 63
01/26 10:45:50 ET