SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: Seattle University makes the first of two trips to the Central time zone this weekend for games at UT Arlington Thursday and at Louisiana Tech Saturday. The Redhawks are one of three teams in the Western Athletic Conference still looking for league victory number one of the season, and the winner of Saturday's UTSA-Texas State game will pick up its first-ever WAC win. Seattle U would like to do the same heading into a stretch in which six of the next eight games are at home.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAMES: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast both games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 4:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Links to live video and live stats will also be available from the men's basketball schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.
LAST WEEKEND: For the fourth straight conference game, Seattle University held a lead in the second half, but New Mexico State came back and defeated the Redhawks in double overtime, 83-82, last Thursday at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Seattle U was ahead by eight (54-46) halfway through the second half before New Mexico State scored six unanswered points to close the gap. The Aggies would eventually take the lead thanks to seven straight points from Tyrone Watson, but a three-pointer from Clarence Trent and two made free throws by D'Vonne Pickett Jr. pulled the Redhawks ahead, 67-64, with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. The Aggies missed their first attempt to tie the game, but an offensive rebound led to a game-tying three-pointer by Bandja Sy, sending the game into overtime. New Mexico State scored the first six points of the first overtime period, but Seattle U came back in the final minute, capped by a three-pointer from Chad Rasmussen to tie the game at 73-73. In the second overtime, New Mexico State again took the lead, and the Aggies hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Redhawks. Saturday, Denver hit nine three-pointers in the first half while Seattle U missed all of its attempts from behind the arc as the Pioneers earned a 64-51 win.
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON: The Mavericks come into Thursday's game with an 8-6 overall record, including a 3-2 record within the Western Athletic Conference. UT Arlington swept road games at UTSA (75-67) and at Texas State (91-74) last weekend. The Mavericks are scoring 61.7 points per game and giving up 59.6 points per contest. As a team, UT Arlington is shooting 41.5 percent from the field, including 34.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.361) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.298) Jordan Reeves leads the team with 9.4 points and 2.4 blocked shots per game, including a 21-point, eight-rebound performance against UTSA last Thursday. Brandon Edwards leads the team in rebounding with 9.1 boards per game to go along with 7.6 points per contest. This will be the first meeting all-time between Seattle U and UT Arlington.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs are currently tied with Utah State for first place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 5-0 league mark after victories at Texas State (84-67) and at UTSA (73-71) last weekend. Overall, Louisiana Tech is 14-3, including a perfect 6-0 record at home heading into Thursday's game against Idaho. The Bulldogs are scoring 73.3 points per game, tops in the WAC, and giving up 64.5 points per contest. As a team, Louisiana Tech is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. Raheem Appleby leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game, followed by Cordarius Johnson with 11.1 points per game. Michale Kyser leads the way in the post with 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game, currently eighth in the country in blocks.
SEATTLE U VS. LOUISIANA TECH: The Redhawks and the Bulldogs are meeting for the third time ever, with the previous two meetings coming on neutral floors. On Nov. 27, 2008, Louisiana Tech became the answer to the trivia question "Which was the first Division I team that Seattle U men's basketball defeated since announcing the intent to move back to Division I status?" when the Redhawks defeated the Bulldogs, 61-46, at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska. On Nov. 19, 2010, during the 2K Sports Classic subregional in Irvine, Calif., Louisiana Tech defeated Seattle U, 85-72. Chad Rasmussen is the only current Redhawk to play in that game, while four members of this year's Louisiana Tech squad saw action in that contest, led by Brandon Gibson with 13 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots.