short classic uggs 9 UTPB with a chance to tie for the top spot
is a game where I don think you have to hype it up for our guys or their guys, Brown said. think both teams will definitely be ready to go. We could possibly see them again in the conference tournament and we could possibly seem them again in a regional tournament. This is a big game but there is still a lot of season left. Tonight marks the second time this year these two teams met with the first meeting way back on Dec. 5 in Odessa where UTPB hammered the Buffs in the first half building a 20 point lead at 53 33, then held on for the win at 106 100.
Expect another fast paced game tonight with UTPB ranked atop the LSC in scoring at 89.9 points per game, while the Buffs sit at 88.5 points per game.
UTPB offense is fueled by the reigning LSC player of the year in senior Daeshon Francis who leads the conference scoring race at 20.8 points per game. Francis is joined in the backcourt by 6 1 senior guard James McPherson who averaged 16.5 points per game and lit up the Buffs for 31 points in the first meeting.
UTPB also owns the leading rebounder in the LSC in Sammy Allen at 11.7 boards per game.
West Texas counters with the No. 2 leading scorer in the league in senior guard David Chavlovich, who averages 19.9 points a game and is the all time leading scorer in WT history with more than 2,000 points. Chavlovich is joined in the backcout by senior Jordan Evans who is tied for 5th in the LSC scoring race with McPherson at 16.5 points per game and leads the LSC in 3 pointers made per game at four.
The Buffs feature inside the LSC second leading rebounder in Mr. Double Double in Ryan Quaid. The WT junior averages 11 rebounds per game and ranks ninth in the conference scoring race at 14.8 points per game.
is really, really good, Brown said. have a couple of monsters inside in Morris and (Zeldic) King who weigh like 280 pounds are tough to move. They have a couple points guard who are solid and then they have a shooter in McPherson. Then Daeshon Francis was the play of the year in the conference last year. He goes hard to the basket and we have to keep in front of him and we can foul him. are going to be ready or it could be a long night. said the memory of the last UTPB game, even though it 56 days ago, is fresh in the minds of the Buffs players.
biggest game of the year to date for us with No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference, Quaid said. wins this could decide hosting a regional. There is a lot of season left, obviously. But here at home we need to win. They are going to be gunning for us.
have to take good shots in this game. I think down there we were 1 for 16 on 3 pointers in the first half and we can afford to do that.
are really good. But a game like this is why you play. It hard to sleep the night before and the minute you wake up you wish it was game time. probable starters
Overall Record: 19 2 Lone Star Conference record: 9 2
Head coach: Tom Brown (4th year)
The Game: No. 9 University of Texas Permian Basin (18 2, 0 1) at No. 11 West Texas A Buffs (19 2, 9
On the air: The game will be on radio KPRF (98.7 FM) with Kent Johnson (play by play) an Luke Kinsey (color commentary).
The nearly two month wait is over tonight for West Texas A as showdown time arrives in the Lone Star Conference.