By Alexander Gaskill
Revenge will be on the minds of the Texas State Bobcats as they head to Arlington, Texas, this Saturday to face off against the UT-Arlington Mavericks. The Bobcats lost their first matchup of the season against the Mavs 84-77.
The Bobcats are currently in a three-way-tie for first place in the conference standings as they look forward to securing a regular season Sun Belt championship as well as a top seed in the conference tournament.
This Saturday, Texas State could secure its first conference championship in 22 years. Head coach Danny Kaspar has been mentally preparing the team by reminding them what they are playing for.
“This game Saturday is for a lot of different people it’s for the players, it’s for the coaches, its for Texas State to bring home a championship and I’m trying to get these guys to realize what’s at stake it going to be tough, but you can do it,” Kaspar said.
The ‘Cats will need to improve on late game defense and of course free throws which have been quite a problem for the team. The Bobcats have only shot 66 percent from the free throw line this season.
“First thing is we have to make free throws we were 9-20 and secondly we have to play some better defense,” Kaspar said in regards to the defense being the losing factor in the double-overtime loss.
Four UTA players finished with 10 plus points. Mavericks junior guards, Brian Warren Junior and Eric Dennis, put up a combined 46 points in their victory over Texas State only a month ago.
“Going into that first overtime if we stop them, we win the game,” Kaspar said. “In the second over time they just got away from us.”
The fans have been a huge part of their success this year, and have definitely showed up this season, breaking record attendance numbers at Strahan Arena multiple times this year.
“Thank you for supporting us, we couldn’t have done it without you, and because of you the atmosphere at home was one of the best in the Sun Belt conference,” Kaspar said.
The Bobcats will travel to Arlington on March 9 to battle it out with the Mavericks once again. In hopes of bringing a long-awaited conference title back to San Marcos. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the College Park Center.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.