A winter storm postponed Texas State’s road game against conference leader Georgia State scheduled to be played tonight. The team will now turn its focus to Saturday’s rematch with UT-Arlington.
“We know we’ll have to play one of the best games we’ve played all year,” said junior guard Wes Davis. “They’ve been crushing some teams in conference.”
Texas State welcomed UT-Arlington to Strahan Coliseum for their first meeting Jan. 18 and fell 56–48.
“The game was ours for the taking if we could have hit shots and not turn it over,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “Just play simple basketball. The fans are here to watch us win. The people here at Texas State, I think, want to see us win.”
The matchup was the lowest scoring game for both teams this season and one of the lowest shooting percentage outputs, with both teams shooting under 40 percent from the field and under 32 percent from the 3-point range. The loss occurred regardless of Texas State holding the Mavericks—who are third in the Sun Belt in points per game averaging 77.8—to less than 60 points.
“I don’t think we’ll shoot as bad as we did last game,” Davis said. “That was probably one of our worst shooting games of the year. “
The last game Davis fouled out of was in the previous matchup against UT-Arlington, which occurred within 15 minutes of play. The Bobcats look to recapture the last eligible spot in the Sun Belt Tournament currently occupied by Troy in eighth place who owns the tiebreaker.
UT-Arlington is looking to rebound as they are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Texas State has gone 2-4 in its previous six games.
“We know (UT—Arlington) is looking at our game as one where they can turn their season around,” Davis said. “Hopefully we come out and are aggressive from the start.”
The Bobcats have led at the end of the first half of all of their previous six games, including the first meeting with UT-Arlington, but have failed to maintain the lead in the second half.
“Mentally, physically, I don’t know. I can’t just point out one thing because every game is different,” said junior guard Victor Bermudez. “One game it could be something simple like not boxing out, but the next it could be something totally different like a bad shot.”
The junior college transfer did not play in the previous game against the Mavericks, but looks to make an impact in the game and down the final stretch of the season.
“From the beginning of the year to now, we’re getting better, making extra passes and doing little things,” Bermudez said. “With the game coming Saturday, I think we can see how we really progressed to come out with a victory.”