Mark down another win for Texas State.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
After starting the season 0-5, the Bobcats won three out of their next four games, including tonight’s 79-58 victory over Cedarville University (Ohio). Texas State didn’t break much of a sweat as it turned in a complete performance in the 21-point win against the Division II program.
Here are some quick thoughts.
- Freshman forward Kavin Tilder-Gilbury is coming into his own. Tilder-Gilbury led the Bobcats in scoring down in Mexico and continued his strong play Wednesday night. He filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Tilder-Gilbury said he doesn’t like to think of himself as a freshman, but a ‘basketball player.’
- Texas State did a good job of attacking Cedarville’s morphing zone. While shots were open from the outside (7 of 17 from beyond the arc), the Bobcats worked it inside to Emani Gant and Corey Stern. Gant finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Stern only made one of his six shots, but got to the free-throw line 10 times (six makes) and grabbed 12 rebounds.
- Not sure what was up with senior forward Joel Wright, but he didn’t take his normal assortment of shots. Even though Wright got into early foul trouble, he didn’t put up a shot until early in the second half. Wright finished with four points on 2-of-4 shooting, grabbed three rebounds and handed out three assists in 15 minutes.
- Texas State a fine job of converting turnovers into points. The Bobcats forced 15 turnovers (seven steals) and scored 24 points off those turnovers. Three different players had two steals (Wright, Wesley Davis and Ray Dorsey).
Texas State returns to the court next Saturday at Texas.
Texas State is bound to buy into Danny Kaspar’s system one of these days, right?
Until that happens, losses like Monday night to South Dakota are going to continue to happen. The Bobcats watched a 13-point lead in the second half evaporate in a 57-56 loss to the Coyotes in a return game from 2011-12.
Texas State is now 0-5 for the first time since the 2005-06 debacle.
“Uncomfortable” was the buzzword from the joint press conference by Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar and Stephen F. Austin head coach Brad Underwood after Tuesday night’s game inside Strahan Coliseum.
Neither coach truly wanted that game on their schedule, which the Lumberjacks won by a score of 64-57, but couldn’t afford to take it off. Kaspar didn’t want to find another home game for his new team and Underwood saw it as an opportunity for SFA to grow on the road.
Danny Kaspar wanted Texas State to play Stephen F. Austin.
Heck, Kaspar even reached out to Doug Davalos in October of 2012 to set up tomorrow’s game between the former Southland Conference rivals.
Texas State had three players score in double figures tonight, but it wasn’t enough to keep the visitors from dropping the season opener to the Houston Cougars by a score of 76-70.
At several times throughout the second half, the Bobcats narrowed the Cougars’ lead to one possession. Each time, Houston fought back and created a little distance between itself and Texas State. Such was the case with less than one minute remaining and the Bobcats slimmed the Cougars’ edge to 73-70. Houston missed a mid-range jumper and Texas State sophomore Emani Gant couldn’t handle a rebound and the hosts got the ball back. Soon after, the Cougars knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer to give themselves the final spread.
Tonight at Strahan Coliseum, third-year head coach Zenarae Antoine and the Texas State women’s basketball team tips off the 2013-14 season against Huston-Tillotson at 7 p.m., marking the fifth-straight year the Bobcats opened the regular season at home.
Antoine has four returning starters and seven new faces to in the program. Returners include seniors Jasmine Baugus, Ashley Ezeh, and Kaylan Martin, along with sophomores Ayriel Anderson, Raven Burns, and Erin Peoples. Ezeh was named to the Sun Belt Conference preseason second-team and Peoples was named to the WAC all-freshman team in 2012.
So Texas State opened the Danny Kaspar era with an 81-53 win over Sul Ross State last night. While it was just an exhibition game against a Division III opponent, it gave us a good look at the 2013-14 Bobcats.
Here are some thoughts on the team and the win.
While tonight’s game against Sul Ross State is just an exhibition for Texas State, it kicks off a new era for the Bobcats as this will be Danny Kaspar’s first game as head coach. Kaspar replaced former head coach Doug Davalos — who at one point coached at Sul Ross State — back in April.
Be sure to read our season preview, which ran Sunday in the Daily Record.
If you want to watch Texas State on TV this season, then you’re in luck. Networks will televise the Bobcats five times this season.
- Texas State at Houston (Nov. 8) — ESPN 3
- Texas State at SMU (Nov. 20) — ESPN 3
- Texas State at Texas (Dec. 14) — Longhorn Network
- Texas State at Utah (Dec. 19) — PAC-12 Network
- Texas State at UL-Lafayette (Jan. 13) — Sun Belt Network
Texas State forward Joel Wright goes up to the basket in the WAC Tournament.
A prolonged rebuilding process doesn’t interest first-year Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar.
For a guy as decorated as Kaspar and one that experienced as much success as he has at each stop of his career, a guy like him won’t take a job unless he expects to win. That’s the type of attitude Kaspar began to instill in the Bobcats as they opened practice Friday afternoon inside Gym 101.
“If they buy in, I think we can be a dark-horse contender to do well and win the Sun Belt Conference,” Kaspar said. “I told them, ‘A lot of coaches take a year or two to get it turned around and I don’t want you guys to have to go through a year where we have to use a year to turn it around.’ I want to get something done right away — or at least make marked improvement where we can maybe have a good seed in the tournament and make a run at it.”
For more, check out the Bobcats’ first practice under Kaspar, check out Sunday’s print edition of the Daily Record.
People aren’t too happy with the Texas State Bobcats’ 2013-14 schedule, which was released earlier this afternoon by first-year head coach Danny Kaspar.
Ultimately, it comes down to home games. After all, that’s where fans will get to Texas State the most.