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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Strahan Coliseum (7,200) -- San Marcos, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: UTSA 1-8, TSU 3-9. Away Record: UTSA 3-10, TSU 3-7. Neutral Record: UTSA 1-1, TSU 1-2. Conference Record: UTSA 1-12, TSU 3-10. Series Record: Texas-San Antonio leads, 31-23.
GAME NOTES: Lone Star State rivals and now competitors in the Western Athletic Conference, the Texas State Bobcats get together with the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio at Strahan Coliseum on Saturday.
Currently all alone in last place in the WAC standings with just one win in 13 tries, the Roadrunners have dropped six consecutive outings, the latest coming out of conference play on Tuesday night in a 61-52 final versus Cal State Bakersfield.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are only slightly better in league play with a record of 3-10, which has them tied with San Jose State for seventh place in the standings entering the weekend. Also dealing with a losing streak at the moment, TSU has fallen in four straight thanks to an 84-69 setback versus Louisiana Tech last weekend in Ruston.
Texas-San Antonio leads the all-time series by a count of 31-23, but it was the Bobcats who posted an 81-78 overtime victory on the road in the first meeting of the season last month.
UTSA shot a dismal 33.3 percent from the floor a few nights back when it hosted Bakersfield, hitting on only 5-of-18 shots behind the three-point line as the hometown Roadrunners lost both meetings with those other Roadrunners from the Golden State. Michael Hale III tallied 18 points and Kannon Burrage 10 for the home team in the losing cause.
Focusing back on conference play specifically, UTSA follows Burrage on offense with his 17.5 ppg, although he is shooting just 36.5 percent from the floor and has a mere 10 assists in 13 contests. Hale III (15.5 ppg) and Jeromie Hill (11.7 ppg) also have a hand in creating offensive opportunities for the Roadrunners, but the team is still being outscored by more than 10 points per game at the moment.
The Bobcats had four players score in double figures versus Louisiana Tech, mostly due to the fact that the Bulldogs set the quick pace and forced TSU to try and keep up. Joel Wright scored 13 points off the bench, Reid Koenen added 12 points, while Wesley Davis and Basil Brown both rattled in 11 points for the visitors at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The only player averaging double figures for the Bobcats against the rest of the league is Wright with his 19.2 ppg. Wright is also tops with close to seven rebounds per game, made even more impressive by the fact that he has come off the bench in six of the 13 WAC bouts for the group. The team is shooting only 39.7 percent from the floor and is being crushed on the glass by more than eight rebounds per game right now.
Neither one of these teams has done much to distinguish itself in 2012-13, so at this point the logical pick would have to be Texas State if for no other reason than it is at home this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas State 66, Texas-San Antonio 59
02/16 10:45:54 ET
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