Basketball Report

Head Coach Danny Kaspar and the Bobcats are off to a strong start this season. We have our analysis of this years squad.

After Texas State's win over Troy Tuesday in their conference opener, the Bobcats are now 1-0 in conference and 7-3 overall. They are putting together another stellar season defensively and are showing up favorably in the Sun Belt Conference rankings.

Forward Emani Gant (Jr.) leads the Bobcats in most statistical categories with 14 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He plays the role of the undersized center, and gets himself involved in all aspects of the game with his athleticism and mobility.

Guard Wes Davis (Sr.) is second on the team in scoring with 9 points per game and adding nearly 2 steals per contest. It's his role to lock down the opposing teams best scoring guard on defense, while using his athleticism on the break to make plays above the rim.

Coach Kaspar has seen improvement with getting the team to play his style of basketball this season, holding four of their ten opponents to under 50 points so far this season. The Bobcats are number one in the Sun Belt Conference only allowing 55 points a game, while scoring 65 ppg. Texas State is third in the conference in point margin, and are plus 9.9.

It's still early, but to start for the second year in a row, Texas State is at the top of the SBC defensively, second in turnover margin (+4), second in steals per game (9.1), and are first in opponents rebounding per game (31). If the Bobcats can fine tune the offense and start to knock down some outside shots, they have the base to have a successful season.

Texas State must improve on their accuracy at the charity stripe if they plan on making and advancing in post season play as the games come down to the wire. As a team they are only shooting 66% from the line and also struggle to get things going from the outside at times. Hitting on just under 35% from beyond the arc. Guard Ethan Montalvo is the most consistent long range threat for the Bobcats and has put together a few nice outings off the bench, including his 20 point performance against Troy. He's hitting at 38% from 3-point land.

Overall Coach Kaspar appears well on his way to improving the team from year one to year two. Last year the Bobcats started 4-6 through their first ten games, battled locker room issues, lack of senior leadership, and limped to an 8-23 overall record. With 19 games remaining, Texas State only needs 2 wins to surpass last years win total.

The Bobcats will travel to Statesboro to face Georgia Southern this Saturday and look to remain perfect in conference play. GSU is also 7-3 on the season, but fell to UTA in their first conference match up of the season. Tip is set for 6 p.m.

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