Texas-San Antonio (4-13) at Seattle (6-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Key Arena (17,072) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: ROOT-NW. Home Record: UTSA 1-5, Seattle 4-6. Away Record: UTSA 2-7, Seattle 2-5. Neutral Record: UTSA 1-1, Seattle 0-0. Conference Record: UTSA 0-7, Seattle 1-6. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Still without a victory in conference play, the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio go up against the Seattle Redhawks in Western Athletic Conference action at Key Arena on Thursday night.
UTSA has just a single victory in the last 13 outings, that being a 75-45 romp over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi back on Dec. 21. Since then, the team has bowed to every opponent which means it is riding a seven-game slide. At home last weekend, the Roadrunners hosted Texas State and managed to get to overtime before suffering the 81-78 setback.
As for the Redhawks, another one of the new additions to the WAC for this season, they are not doing much better than UTSA at the moment with just a 1-6 mark in league play. Also in action last Saturday, Seattle was taken out by Louisiana Tech in a 78-71 decision in Ruston. The defeat was the sixth in seven games for the Redhawks, who are now 6-11 on the campaign overall.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, this is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
UTSA was able to get the game against Texas State into overtime, but in the extra session while the Bobcats hit 4-of-5 at the free-throw line, the Roadrunners never made an appearance at the stripe. Michael Hale III did all he could to get the squad into the win column as he tallied 31 points, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out five assists, while Kannon Burrage tacked on 27 points as he and Hale combined to shoot 21-of-47 from the floor which means their teammates were a collective 7-of-23. Edrico McGregor came off the bench to chip in eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds before fouling out. Burrage and Hale stand as the only two active players who are scoring in double figures for the Roadrunners, logging 17.9 ppg and 14.8 ppg, respectively, but still this is a program that is being outscored by more than seven points per game as foes hit on 49.4 percent of their field goal chances and 40.1 percent beyond the arc.
Seattle led by a basket at the break against Louisiana Tech the last time out, but the visitors then shot just 37.1 percent from the floor in the second half and were outscored at the free-throw line by a 17-6 margin in the frame as well. Clarence Trent tallied a team-best 19 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Redhawks, followed by D'Vonne Pickett with 11 points, but both players turned the ball over four times, the team as a whole losing the ball a whopping 24 times. Over the course of seven conference games, Seattle has played fast and loose with the ball, averaging almost 20 miscues per contest. Trent is the only one averaging double figures with his 12.3 ppg, a number which could be even higher if not for the fact that he is shooting just 52.0 percent at the foul line. The team checks in at a mere 57.3 percent at the stripe, which means WAC opponents have outscored the Redhawks there by a 129-63 margin to this point.
The Roadrunners went with a very short bench the last time out and if they insist on pushing the starters to the limit, they won't be able to keep up even with a struggling Seattle squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seattle 71, Texas-San Antonio 64
01/24 10:31:41 ET