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Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

For the 2nd straight Saturday the Bobcats are facing a private school Southland team on the road as they head up to Abilene to face ACU at 4pm Saturday in Moody Coliseum.

TXST is sitting at 5-4 on the year, coming off a 50 point win against D3 McMurry Wednesday night in San Marcos. TXST lost on the road to Houston Baptist last Saturday though in what was easily the worst team performance of the young season. With just a few weeks until conference play, this team has a long way to go match the level of play they showed in the Sun Belt a year ago.

The Bobcats have been marred with injuries so far this season. Shooting Guard Isaiah Gurley has missed 4 games due to a groin injury, but has played in the last couple games, albeit not at 100% I'm sure. Power Forward Nedja Prijovic is battling tendonitis and hasn't dressed out for the last two games. There's also an illness going around that kept freshman Shelby Adams out of a game and limited Tyler Blount significantly on Wednesday. We still haven't seen what this team can do when completely healthy, hopefully we're getting there. The only one I'm not sure on if they're active tonight is Prijovic. Alex Peacock has gotten significant experience in his absence at least.

ACU is 6-3 on the season, 3-3 against D1 competition.
Their 3 D1 wins are against Campbell (85-80), Bowling Green (88-83), and Air Force (62-58). Keep in mind the Bobcats opened the season with a 65-57 loss to Air Force. ACU also has non-D1 wins against Randall (ACCA/NCCAA), Howard Payne (D3), and Schreiner (D3). Their 3 losses are to Lipscomb (75-67), South Carolina Upstate (88-78), and Sun Belt member Arkansas State (83-69).

The Wildcats went 13-16 overall last year and 7-11 in the Southland, good for a 5-way tie for 8th. They were not invited to the SLC tournament and their season ended in the regular season. They were picked 7th in the preseason poll in the 13 team league this year.

They had two players named to the pre-season all-SLC 2nd team. The biggest threat is 6'9" sophomore center Jalone Friday. Friday leads the team in scoring at 15.3 PPG and is 2nd in rebounding with 5.6 RPG. And here is a scary stat, despite being 6'9" and listed by ACU as a true center, he's their best 3-point threat at 41.2% on 14 made 3s this season. He was the Southland's freshman of the year last season and shot 45.6% from 3 last year. This guy looks really dangerous. If King/Terry are tasked with defending him they will have to defend the perimeter also, which I'm not sure either are capable of. If Peacock has to defend Friday he will be at a size disadvantage. Friday looks to be a huge matchup issue for us, and we struggled mightily against HBU's talented center last week.

The other all-SLC preseason player is 6'2" junior PG Jaylen Franklin. Franklin is averaging 10.2 PPG and dishing out 5.0 APG. Franklin is not a 3-point threat whatsoever but runs the Wildcat offense well and does a good job setting up his teammates. Expect Marlin Davis to guard Franklin.

6'6" junior swingman Jaren Lewis is another name to watch for ACU. He's 2nd on the team in scoring at 14.4 PPG and is the team's leading rebounder at 6.4 PPG. Pearson may get tasked with Lewis.

One last name to watch is 5'11" junior Tevin Foster. The JUCO transfer is averaging 13.6 PPG and is shooting 34.3% from 3. Perfect matchup for Tyler Blount if he's healthy today as both are undersized shooting guards. Nottingham will likely defend Foster if Blount is still sick.

ACU hasn't beaten TXST since 1982 and the teams haven't played in Abilene since 1984. TXST is 40-17 all-time vs. ACU.

Looks like video feed should be available here:
https://portal.stretchinternet.com/abilene/

1300 the Zone in Austin and 89.9 KTSW will have the radio calls.

As is usually the case when we play Southland teams, I don't see any Vegas odds set for this game.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Tip pushed back to 4:15

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Video isn't free FYI. $7.95 one time fee.

Free radio link with Bill Culhane on the call here:
http://txstatebobcats.com/watch/?Live=1424&type=Live

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Prijovic expected to be available tonight, Gurley also.

We should have everyone available for the first time in awhile, I'm sure we may have 1 or 2 guys limited (wouldn't expect a ton of minutes out of Prijovic).

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

TXST Starters:
1 - Davis
2 - Blount
3 - Pearson
4 - Peacock
5 - King

ACU Starters:
1 - Franklin
2 - Foster
3 - Tripp
4 - Lewis
5 - Friday

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

We're underway.

Early 8-5 lead for TXST and ACU calls a timeout.

King with 4 points so far.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

10-5 TXST at first media timeout.

TXST shooting well so far. 5/6 from the field.

King leads with 6 points.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Prijovic in the game. Good sign.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

18-13 TXST at the under 12 media timeout.

King still leading with 8 points.

Pearson scoreless so far.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

24-18 TXST with 7 minutes to halftime.

Bobcats shooting 60% led by King's 8 and Prijovic's 6.
Friday and Tripp have 6 apiece for ACU.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

3 minutes till halftime and it's 32-22 TXST.

A couple Blount 3 pointers helped extend the lead and he's up to 8 points to tie King.

Friday for ACU hit a 3 to lead all scorers with 9.

ACU has 0 bench points so far.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

At halftime it's TXST 35 - ACU 27.

Immanuel King had a great half with a near double-double with 10 points and 7 rebounds on 5/7 shooting. Tyler Blount hit both his 3-point attempts to finish with 8 points in the half. Prijovic added 6 in his return from injury. TXST's leading scorer, Nijal Pearson, was held scoreless.

Friday has 9 for ACU and Tripp has 6 points on 2/2 3-point shooting.

Clean first half as both teams had just 4 turnovers each and only 12 total fouls called in the half (7 on TXST, 5 on ACU).

TXST leading 19-14 in rebounding. The TXST frontcourt had a really nice half as King/Terry combined for 14 points on 7/9 shooting on top of the rebounding advantage. Prijovic had 4 rebounds also.

We really need to close this one out and get a decent road win.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

15 minutes left. 44-38 TXST.

King completes the double-double with 12 and 10.
ACU's Friday leading all scorers as he's up to 13.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Back-to-back 3s for ACU.

47-45.

Pearson dribbles it off his foot on the next possession and Kaspar calls a timeout.

Author:  x [ Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Game Thread - @ Abilene Christian

Friday hits a 3 and ACU takes the lead 50-48.

Friday is killing us. 18 points and 4 blocks. Wildcats heating up from the 3 point line and 9/21 now after hitting 3 in a row.

Jaren Lewis picked up his 4th foul, only good news in the last few minutes.

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