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September 17th, 2008
Bobcats men’s hoop sked includes trips to Hawaii, Rockies

STAFF REPORT

With hopes of returning to postseason play, Texas State announced its men’s basketball schedule Tuesday. The slate includes a trip to Hawaii, games against teams from the Big 12, Conference USA and the Mountain West Conferences, and 15 home games.

The Bobcats begin the season Nov. 14-16 at the Verizon Wireless Tip-Off Classic against Cal State-Fullerton and San Francisco in Honolulu, HI.

“It is a great recruiting tool for us to play at some places outside Texas, and Hawaii is very appealing to recruits,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “It also was an opportunity to play two games on a neutral court. We have done that the last two years and that gives us an equal opportunity to win rather than play two additional road games.”

After playing Huston-Tillotson in its first home game on Nov. 19, Texas State will travel to the Rocky Mountains to play at Wyoming on Nov. 26 and at Northern Colorado on Nov. 29.

“We are able to expose our players to another good trip in the Rocky Mountains,” Davalos said. “Playing at Wyoming gave us an opportunity to schedule a home and home matchup against Northern Colorado.”

The Bobcats return home to play host to Southwest Assemblies on Dec. 3 before traveling to Rice on Dec. 6 and Texas on Dec. 13.

After playing at Texas, Texas State returns to San Marcos for a five-game home stand. The Bobcats open the homestand against New Orleans on Dec. 15, and also play host to Prairie View A&M on Dec. 21, McMurry on Dec. 30, Schreiner on Jan. 3, and Northern Colorado on Jan. 6

“This is a very balanced schedule,” Davalos added. “We have a chance to have a successful non-conference schedule and play some games that will help us get ready for our conference schedule. I have said all along that as we improve, our schedule would improve. This is another good, competitive schedule.”

Texas State opens its Southland Conference schedule against SLC Tournament champion Texas-Arlington on Jan. 10, and will also play SLC home games against Sam Houston State on Jan. 21, Lamar on Jan. 24, Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 11, Nicholls State on Feb. 21, Northwestern State on Feb. 28  and Texas-San Antonio on March 4.

The Bobcats play SLC road games at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 14 before playing a game televised by the Southland Conference Television Network against Central Arkansas on Jan. 17. Texas State also plays SLC road games at UTSA on Jan. 28, at UTA on Jan. 31, McNeese State on Feb. 7, at Lamar on Feb. 14, at Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 25 and end the regular season at Sam Houston State on March 7.

“Our conference is wide open this year,” Davalos said. “You have some teams that traditionally are picked at the top like Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin. But UT-Arlington returns a lot of their firepower from last year’s team that won the Southland Conference Tournament and Lamar also has a lot of returning players.

“Every coach has told me this is the best our league has ever been,” Davalos continued. “The team that finished last had some good wins last year and that is how it is going to be this year. We are all fighting for the same thing- first is to get to Houston for the Conference tournament and then get to a postseason tournament.”

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