College Hoops: Bobcat men back on the road

Texas State junior forward Joel Wright slams home two points during a recent game with UTSA. Wright and the Bobcats travel to Utah State tonight (Photo by Jarryd Castillo).

Spring break, for Texas State students, began in earnest Thursday afternoon.

Like most of their classmates, the Bobcat men’s basketball team embarked on at least a six-day road trip that ends in an exciting location. Between tonight and next Tuesday, Texas State will hit Logan, Utah (home of Utah State), San Jose, Calif. (home of San Jose State) and Las Vegas (home of the 29th annual Western Athletic Conference Tournament).

Even though it pains them a great deal, the Bobcats only get to spend one night in Logan and San Jose. How long Texas State stays in Sin City is up to itself.

Despite the ominous presence of the WAC Tournament and a potential bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Bobcats aren’t looking too far down the road.

“We’re not even worried about the tournament,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “We’re worried about playing Utah State.”

To come out of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum with a victory tonight, the Bobcats need a team effort like they had last Thursday against Seattle. Four Texas State players scored in double figures and senior forward Matt Staff and junior forward Joel Wright combined for 30 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“If Joel and Matt will play well in the same night, we’re going to win,” Davalos said. “It could be scary if both of them start playing well at the same time.”

Staff and Wright didn’t combine to have a particularly strong game the first time the Bobcats met up the Aggies or Spartans (shot 7-of-30 with eight turnovers). That, however, was before Staff decided time wasn’t on his side and Wright hadn’t brought home two WAC Player of the Week awards.

“I’m almost done,” Staff said. “This is my last time wearing a Texas State uniform and I want to be remembered.

“We’ve gone through this season together and I want to do something well for them (his teammates) and I know they want to do something for me.”

A two-game winning streak entering the WAC Tournament would be a good start to making an unremarkable season memorable.