If watching teams score points is your thing then the West Texas A&M-University of Texas-Permian Basin men’s basketball game is the place to be tonight.
Only a week into the Lone Star Conference men’s basketball race and a showdown is on tap between these two high-scoring teams at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the unique Falcon Dome (only one side of the gym has seating for fans).
West Texas A&M brings to the table a No. 8 national ranking, an 8-0 record and opened LSC with a 2-0 record after wins at Western New Mexico (last Thursday) and Eastern New Mexico (last Saturday).
Defending LSC champion UTPB brings to the table a No. 18 national ranking, a 7-1 record and like WT opened LSC with a 2-0 record after wins at Eastern New Mexico (last Thursday) and Western New Mexico (last Saturday).
“It doesn’t matter that it’s really early (in the LSC race), this game is huge,” said WT head coach Tom Brown. “If we can go down there and steal one that sets us up at the top of conference. There crowd will be fired up.”
All indications say this game will be an up-and-down, high scoring matchup with the top two scoring teams and two scorers in the LSC facing off.
The Buffs lead the LSC in scoring averaging 93.8 point a game, while UTPB sits in second at 89.9 points an outing.
WT senior guard David Chavlovich, the all-time leading scorer in WT history who is closing in on 2,000 career points, tops the LSC in scoring at 22.5 points per game.
UTPB senior guard Daeshon Francis, the pre-season LSC player of the year, is close behind Chavlovich in second of the LSC scoring race at 21.4 points per game.
WT and UTPB will put out four the top six scorers in the LSC as Buffs senior guard Jordan Evans ranks fourth at 19.5 points per game and UTPB senior James McPherson ranks sixth at 18.7.
Adding even more to this game is the fact the top two rebounders in the LSC are in action with WT junior Ryan Quaid leading the LSC at 10.8 boards per game and UTPB senior Sammy Allen at 10.7.
“We are a different team from a year ago,” said Brown, his team splitting games with UTPB last year. “We have to some guys step. They have won 16 of their last 17 home games so it’s going to a lot of fun. I expect a packed house.
“We have to some of our young guys step up like Jordan Collins, who is only a sophomore. Hopefully we can come back with a W.”
BUFF STUFF: Senior starting guard Tommy Gove will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gove will have surgery after finishing finals this month. … Quaid was named LSC Defensive Player of the Week. The junior averaged another double-double with 12.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in a pair of conference road wins. Quaid had 28 rebounds for the week, including 20 on the defensive end, as the Buffs held teams to a 37.4 field goal percentage and 65.5 scoring….WT returns to action Saturday playing out of the LSC but a regional game against nemesis Lubbock Christian University. LCU is 3-0 against WT in Tom Brown’s opening three years.
Tonight’s probable starters
West Texas A&M Buffs
Overall Record: 8-0
Lone Star Conference record: 2-0
Head coach: Tom Brown (4th year)
University of Texas Permian-Basin
Overall Record: 7-1
Lone Star Conference record: 2-0
Head coach: Andy Newman (5th year)
Lone Star Conference
West Texas A&M;2-0;8-0
UT Permian Basin;2-0;7-1
Eastern New Mexico;0-2;3-5
Western New Mexico;0-2;2-6
Saturday’s (Dec. 2) results
Texas A&M-Commerce 95, Midwestern State 77; Cameron 64, Tarleton State 63; West Texas A&M 99, Eastern New Mexico 69; UT Permian Basin 89, Western New Mexico 47; St. Edwards 89, Texas A&M-Kingsville 72. Tuesday’s game
West Texas A&M at UT Permian-Basin, 7:30 p.m.
Midwestern State at Angelo State, 7:30 p.m.; Cameron at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 7:30 p.m.; Eastern New Mexico at Texas A&M-Commerce, 7:30 p.m.; Western New Mexico at Tarleton State, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s (Dec. 9) games
Western New Mexico at Texas A&M-Commerce, 1 p.m.; Cameron at Angelo State, 4 p.m.; Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State, 4 p.m.; Lubbock Christian at West Texas, 7 p.m.
The game: No. 8 West Texas A&M Buffs (8-0, 2-0) at No. 18 University of Texas Permian Basin Falcons (7-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. tonight in a Lone Star Conference game at the Falcon Dome, Odessa.
On the air: The game will be on radio KPRF 98.7 with Kent Johnson play-by-play.