For the second consecutive year, the Tarleton State Texans men’s basketball team will need to progress through Denver for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.
The No. 3-ranked Texans (27-2) begin play against first-round opponent Texas A&M International, the Heartland Conference champions, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tarleton was defeated by Metro State, this year’s regional host, in the first round last year.
The Texans swept the Lone Star Conference Tournament to claim their second consecutive championship. Chuck Guy from Fort Worth Eastern Hills High School was named the LSC player of the year, while Reisman earned coach of the year honors for the second time in three years.
Texas A&M International features four players averaging double digits in scoring. The Dust Devils are led by Jordan Clark, who averages 12.7 per game and scored 18 in the Heartland Conference championship game.
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The winner will face the winner of the Midwestern State and Arkansas-Fort Smith game at 5 p.m. Sunday.
TSU women advance
Tarleton State’s women bumped off No. 6-seeded Texas A&M International 70-55 Friday in Canyon in the first round of the NCAA Div. II women’s basketball tournament.
Brianna Bledsoe scored a team-high 18 points for the TexAnns, who advance to Saturday’s second-round game against 28-1 Colorado Mesa, a winner over Midwestern State on Friday.
The TexAnns (22-8) reached the round of 32 for the second time in school history, joining the 2010-11 team.