Sabrina Flores

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.
 

Notebook: Texas State 70, Arkansas State 60

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team is now ranked seventh in the Sun Belt Conference standings after beating Arkansas State. The Bobcats are on a two-game winning streak. The win increases their postseason tournament chances.

TURNING POINT

Texas State began the first half on a 17-3 run against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves switched to a zone defense that allowed them to stay in the game midway through the first half. The Bobcats maintained control, overcoming the challenges the Red Wolves presented.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward

Get to know: Cameron Naylor, junior forward

SF: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

CN: To be invisible.

SF: Describe the moment you fell in love with basketball.

CN: I don’t think there was a moment. I think it’s more so a process. I fell in love with the process, with going to the gym and getting better. Ever since I started playing, I love loved playing basketball.

SF: Who knows you best on the team?

CN: I know everyone. I am pretty cool with everyone on the team.

SF: Who is your favorite NBA player and why?

CN: Kevin Durant. No reason why. He is just Kevin Durant.

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 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.”

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