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Southland ConferenceBy CHRIS DOELLE
Sports Editor

SAN MARCOS – The Texas State Bobcats are ready to begin Southland Conference play. They will open up division play at Northwestern State (5-10, 1-0) against the Demons on Thursday January 10th. The Bobcats finished their non-divisional games with a 7-6 record which included games against Rice, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M. They went 0-4 vs. these Conference USA and Big 12 schools but were competitive in every game especially only being down by 2 at half time to the 4th ranked Longhorns.

The Bobcats average 86.3 points per game while giving up 84.7 and are led by Jr. 6’7″ guard, Brandon Bush (15.6 ppg – 3rd in the conference, 7.6 rpg – 5th in the conference, 1.4 apg), Fr. 6’10” center, Ty Gough (8.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 apg) and Sr. 6’3″ guard, Brandon Thomas (6.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg.) They have a chance to be at the top of the conference, which is led by favorites, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin. To do this though, they will have to improve on their free throw shooting and personal fouls. They are currently 10th in the conference in free throw percentage making 63.49% and lead the nation in fouls per game with 28.1 of them per game. The 2nd team in the nation is UTEP with only 24.7 fouls per game.

Texas State might look like the underdog now (picked last in the West in pre-season polls) but with their tough non-conference schedule and youth (four Juniors and a Freshman are in the top six on the team for minutes played) they could very well be a team to watch in the Southland.

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