The Tarleton State men’s basketball team will enter the season ranked 10th in the nation, according to NCAA Division II Bulletin’s preseason poll.
The Texans led the nation in scoring last season with 85.8 points a game and have 10 lettermen returning from a team that won its first 18 games last season.
“While we are excited about the visibility this ranking brings to our program, our staff and players realize that these polls are often based on the success of the previous year,” associate head coach Chris Reisman told TarletonSports.com. “We are working hard as a group and hope this team will achieve its full potential.”
The Texans finished last season 28-3 and ranked No. 3 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Coaches Poll and were as high as No. 2. However, the run for a national championship ended in the South Central Regionals in the Round of 32.
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Davene Carter is the leading returning scorer for the Texans, averaging 9.3 points a game last season.
The Texans will play TCU in an exhibition on Nov. 7 before opening the season against New Mexico Highlands on Nov. 14 at Wisdom Gym.
Texans set records
The Tarleton State football team bounced back from a three-game losing streak in a big way on homecoming Saturday, routing Texas A&M-Kingsville 80-14.
The 80 points were the most scored in a game by the Texans, breaking a mark of 70 scored against Prairie View A&M in 1994. The 66-point margin of victory was also a school record.
The Texans gained 644 total yards and recorded 43 first downs against the Javelinas. Quarterback Colin Strahan competed 20 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Tarleton State continues Lone Star Conference play at 7 p.m. Saturday when it travels to defending LSC co-champion Eastern New Mexico at 7 p.m.