Men's Basketball

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.

Notebook: Louisiana-Lafayette 64, Texas State 42

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team added another loss to its record, marking a four-game losing streak. The Bobcats sit in eighth place in the Sun Belt Conference standings.

Eight teams are eligible for the postseason tournament, and the Bobcats are on the fringes of contention.

TURNING POINT: Second half

The Bobcats hung around in the first half of the game but started the second with no sign of energy. Louisiana-Lafayette went on a 14-4 run at the beginning of the second half. The Bobcats were unable to find an answer for the Ragin’ Cajun offense as they were outscored by 12 points in the second half.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Cameron Naylor, junior forward

Men's basketball scores 42 in loss to Louisiana-Lafayette

Midway through the first half, there was a sense of déjà vu for the Texas State men's basketball team. The team could never recover from its 10-point deficit in the first half.

Texas State never found an answer to the Louisiana-Lafayette's offense, resulting in a 64-42 loss.

The Ragin' Cajuns went on a 14 -4 run to start the second half. 

“I am very disappointed in the way we came out in the second half and let this game slip away from us,” Coach Danny Kaspar said.  “The game was working out as planned for the first 15 minutes then we let it get away from us. Particularly when we thought they were getting a technical then things turned around after that.”

Men's basketball expects hostile environment from Ragin' Cajuns

Five conference games remain in the regular season, and the Texas State men’s basketball team is in need of a win.

The Bobcats begin the five-game stretch on the road against the conference’s fifth seed, Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Cajundome is known for its tough home atmosphere, and opponents have a hard time getting a win on the road. Louisiana-Lafayette is 52-19 at home and 21-50 on the road since the 2010 season.

Coach Danny Kaspar and his team expect a hostile environment.

Notebook: Georgia State 53, Texas State 41

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team remains the seventh seed in the Sun Belt Conference after extending its losing streak to three games. The Bobcats benefited in the rankings from Arkansas-Little Rock’s 72-70 loss to Georgia Southern in overtime.

Five conference games remain. Texas State needs to overcome its lack of offense in order to make the conference tournament.

TURNING POINT: There wasn’t one.

Georgia State led for the entire game. The Panthers had a 16-point cushion with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. The Bobcats then cut the deficit to eight points.

Men's basketball extends losing streak in loss to Georgia State

As the Texas State men’s basketball team slides farther down the conference standings, Coach Danny Kaspar issued a challenge to his team.

Texas State has lost three consecutive games, puting them eighth in the conference, with a 0.5 game lead over Arkansas State and Troy.

“I told them right now, I need some leadership from you guys,” Kaspar said. “I got to have the leadership internal. I can tell you that you are right there but some of you have got to help pick this team up. It’s got to come from this locker room if we are going to turn this thing around.” 

The Bobcats missed 29 of 41 shots, totaling a 29.3 shooting percentageTexas State made two 3-pointers out of 15 attempts. 

Bobcats fall to UT-Arlington at home

Coach Danny Kaspar altered his lineup in the second half by replacing Cameron Naylor, junior forward, with JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard.

Weatherspoon scored 12 points, but it was not enough for the Texas State men’s basketball team to defeat UT-Arlington.

DJ Brown, senior guard, cut the deficit to five points with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:48 left in the second half.

UT-Arlington retrieved three offensive rebounds down the stretch, resulting in the 70-61 victory.

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