The Texas State men’s basketball team looks to capture its second Sun Belt Conference win Saturday against the UT-Arlington Mavericks at Strahan Coliseum.
The Mavericks are currently 6-10 and sit just above the Bobcats in Sun Belt standings.
Texas State will have to defend the second-best scoring team in the conference, with the Mavericks averaging 79.5 points per game. UTA’s senior guard Roger Dowell and senior forward Brandon Edwards are both in the top 10 of the Sun Belt in points per game.
The Mavericks are second in the Sun Belt in blocks per game with 4.3 led by Edwards’ 1.9 average. Edwards is third in the conference in blocks per game.
The Bobcats gave up 81 points in a loss to Louisiana-Lafayette Monday after allowing 36 points to Louisiana-Monroe. Texas State’s junior guard Wesley Davis is coming off a performance against Louisiana-Lafayette where he tallied 8 points and five assists. Davis said he is looking to establish a more consistent role within the offense.
“I’m looking to be more of an assist man,” Davis said. “I feel we need to share the ball more.”
Davis fouled out of the Louisiana-Lafayette game and has a history of similar offenses, specifically against UT-Arlington, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in his three years at Texas State.
“I don’t feel like I should have been in that much foul trouble last game,” Davis said. “I’ll try to be a little less aggressive.”
UTA’s Dowell, who leads the Sun Belt in scoring averaging 22 points per game, may play pending a game-time decision regarding the status of his injury from UTA’s loss to Arkansas—Little Rock
Senior forward Reid Koenen said the Bobcats know Dowell’s impact and are prepared for the potential challenge he poses to the defense despite his status.
“It’s going to have to be a team effort,” Koenen said. “When you have someone that scores like that, no one person can shut him down. It’s going to have to come from all five players on the court.”
Texas State lost both of its games last season against the Mavericks by a combined 42 points. The team is looking to put an emphasis on defense in this season’s matchups against UTA, Koenen said.
“We definitely need to play more as a team,” Koenen said. “Against (Louisiana) Monroe, we played a lot better defense. On the offensive end, sharing the ball, taking care of it and hopefully win the rebounding advantage—that should lead to a win.”