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Men's basketball announces 2015-16 schedule

The Texas State men's basketball team announced its 2015-16 schedule Monday, which includes non-conference games against the Pac 12, Conference USA and Southland Conference.

Texas State's non-conference slate, beginning Nov. 16 against UT Tyler at Strahan Coliseum, features matchups against UTEP, McNeese State, UTSA and Washington State. 

The Bobcats will face UTEP for the first since 2006 and UTSA for a second consecutive year. UTSA erased a 16-point deficit in the first half by outscoring Texas State 69-40 in the final 28 minutes in last year's matchup held at the Convocation Center. This year's game is scheduled at Strahan Coliseum.

The X-factor players for the Fall season

Editor's note: The difference between a contender and pretender is oftentimes the presence (or absence) of a player deemed as a "x-factor." This story is taking a look at the x-factors for the football, volleyball, soccer, women's and men's basketball teams. If these players perform, there's a good chance the team improves its production too. 

Bobcats looking to make fresh start in tournament

Coach Danny Kaspar and the Texas State men’s basketball team are headed to the Sun Belt Conference tournament with the mentality of a “clean slate.”

The Bobcats approach the season in three stages—non-conference, Sun Belt and playoffs.

“I do believe our players are going in this with renewed hope,” Kaspar said. “This is our third season. We are happy to be in the postseason tournament. Our players are playing with a lot of intensity now, and the bottom line is that we just did not shoot the ball well our last two games against Appalachian State and Louisiana-Monroe.”

Texas State will face fifth-seeded UT-Arlington in the first round of the postseason tournament. The Mavericks have beaten Texas State twice this season by a total margin of 20 points.

Sun Belt Conference tournament preview

1. Georgia State
Current record: 22-9 overall, 15-5 conference
Last year’s tournament finish: Eliminated in championship round by Louisiana-Lafayette
This season against TXST: 1-1
Scoring margin: +10.2

Georgia State, second in scoring offense, is favored to win the conference tournament. The Panthers are ranked first in the conference in blocked shots, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio. Ryan Harrow, Panthers senior guard, and R.J. Hunter, junior guard, complement each other and are ranked first and second in scoring in the conference. Harrow averages 20.2 points a game. Hunter averages 19.7 points a game. The Panthers will not have to face a legitimate opponent until the semifinals.

Notebook: Louisiana-Monroe 56, Texas State 53

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team finished the season with a 56-53 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. With the loss, the Bobcats secured the eighth seed in the postseason conference tournament. The Bobcats concluded their regular season with a 13-16 overall record (7-13 in conference).

TURNING POINT

The Bobcats began the second half on an 11-2 run to create a 37-29 lead. The Warhawks answered with a 17-8 run to take a 46-45 lead. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game until Nick Coppola, Warhawks sophomore guard, knocked down a 3-pointer that gave ULM a two-point lead. Texas State never regained the lead.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward

Bobcats hope to secure conference seed with road victory

The Texas State men’s basketball team won its final two home games of the season, putting the Bobcats in a position to clinch a postseason berth this week.
 
Coach Danny Kaspar’s message to his team is simple. The Bobcats must take care of business Thursday night against Appalachian State and worry about the rest later. 
 
The absence of Wes Davis, senior guard, in the last meeting against Appalachian State may have led to the 64-58 loss.
 

Madness in March: Bobcats must brush up for postseason play

The Texas State men’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Sun Belt Conference according to ESPN’s preseason predictions.

Right now, the Bobcats are slightly exceeding those expectations as they sit in the seventh spot with a pretty much secured—knock on wood—spot in the conference tournament.

This year shows a huge improvement after the team finished last in the Sun Belt with a 4-14 conference record in 2013. Some people might even deem it successful.

But to coaches, players, and fans, success is not just making the tournament. An early exit would just mean another season in the books. To be successful, they need to win the tournament.

Bobcats improve to seventh seed with win against Red Wolves

The Texas State men's basketball team began the first half on a 17-3 run. 

Coach Danny Kaspar believes opening the game with energy and momentum was the key to the 70-60 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

The Bobcats never allowed the Red Wolves to take command of the game. Texas State reached the 70 point threshold in regulation for the first time since Jan. 15 against South Alabama.

Bobcats snap four-game losing streak in win over Trojans

Do or die. Make or break.

Those were the buzzwords for the Texas State men’s basketball team heading into the matchup against the Troy Trojans.

The Bobcats’ 67-61 victory is a welcome sight for Coach Danny Kaspar, who said he might “overhaul” the team next year if they did not come prepared to play.

Texas State is 6-11 in the Sun Belt, giving them a 1.5 game edge over Troy for the eighth spot in the conference tournament.

“I told them if ya’ll can’t get ready for these two games, I’m not sure you should stay here because it’s going to be hell for you next year,” Kaspar said. “This is a make or break game.”

The win snaps a four-game losing skid that put Texas State’s postseason hopes on temporary life support.

Bobcats prepare for 'do or die' matchup against the Trojans

Coach Danny Kaspar approached the Texas State men’s basketball team with two questions heading into a “do-or-die” matchup against the Troy Trojans.

Are the Bobcats mature enough? Do they have the character to rise to the occasion?

Troy is a half-game behind Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference standings. Both teams are battling to secure the seventh or eighth spot for the conference tournament in New Orleans.  

Kaspar believes two wins at home against Troy and Arkansas State may get Texas State into the conference tournament, but three wins would put the team in even better shape to secure an invitation.

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