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January 27th, 2010
Texas State hosts UTSA in I-35 rivalry game

SUBMITTED REPORT

The Texas State men’s basketball team looks to win its second straight game and eighth home game of the season when the Bobcats return to the friendly confines of Strahan Coliseum for a Southland Conference game against UTSA in the annual I-35 Maroon vs. Orange rivalry at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Texas State enters the game with a 9-10 overall record and is 3-2 in Southland Conference games after defeating Lamar 97-92 in overtime last Saturday night, January 23.

UTSA enters Wednesday night’s game with a 12-5 overall record and a 2-2 mark against Southland Conference opponents after suffering a 66-62 overtime loss against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Saturday night.

A Look At The Bobcats

Texas State enters Wednesday night’s game with a 7-1 record in home games this season, with the one loss coming against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 13. The Bobcats won their last SLC home game with a 76-74 victory over Central Arkansas. Texas State also has a 2-1 record in Southland Conference road games this year following its win at Lamar. The Bobcats opened league play with a 64-60 victory at UT Arlington before suffering a 95-64 loss at Sam Houston State.

A Look At The Roadrunners

UTSA enters Wednesday night’s game having suffered two straight losses after its overtime setback against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Roadrunners also dropped a 72-66 decision at UT Arlington on Jan. 16. UTSA opened Southland Conference play with 78-69 victory at McNeese State on Jan. 9 and a 64-59 win against Nicholls on Jan. 13. The Roadrunners 3-4 record in road games this season with wins at Iowa, UT –Pan American and McNeese State.

The Coaches

Texas State is in its fourth season under head coach Doug Davalos, who has a 117-97 career record in his eight seasons as a head coach and a 45-62 mark at Texas State. Davalos came to Texas State after serving four years as a head coach Sul Ross State and as an assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico.

Brooks Thompson also is in his fourth season at UTSA with a 51-57 record at the school. Thompson is in his sixth season as a head coach overall and enters Wednesday night’s game with a 106-71 career record.

On The Air

Wednesday’s game against UTSA can be heard on the internet through the Bobcat All-Access link on www.txstatebobcats.com with Bill Culhane calling the play-by-play and Robert Fisher serving as the analyst. Culhane is in his 17th season as the play-by-play voice for Texas State basketball. He also serves as an analyst for Texas State football games.

Up Next

Following Wednesday night’s game against UTSA, Texas State will play its second straight home game when the Bobcats play host to UT Arlington on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2:00 p.m. The UTA tipoff time was moved to accommodate the Southland Conference Television Network when the Bobcats make their first appearance on the network.

— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER

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