Bobcats prepare for homestand

Texas State Basketball

Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar is nervous about this week’s homestand.

The Bobcats (14-9, 7-3 Sun Belt) bounced back from their disheartening 80-55 loss to Louisiana on Jan. 20 with a road split last weekend, which included a win over Georgia Southern and a loss to Georgia State.

But this week Coastal Carolina comes to San Marcos for a matchup inside Strahan Coliseum on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Chanticleers are on a three-game winning streak, and Kaspar believes Coastal Carolina is dangerous right now.

“(The Chanticleers) seem to be sharing the ball better in that they have multiple double-digit scorers as of late,” Kaspar said. “They seem to put the ball inside more to their post-men, and/or at least go what I call ‘Inside-Out.’ I feel like they have two of the better offensive players in the league — Jaylen Shaw and (Zac) Cuthbertson. But some of their big men (Amidou) Bamba and (Josh) Coleman’s production is up. Their offensive rebounding has been impressive as of late. They’re really getting a lot of second and third shots. They’re using their size that they have to an advantage as of late.”

The Bobcats escaped Conway, South Carolina on Dec. 31 with a 53-48 win over the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina shot 33 percent from field during its first matchup against Texas State, and Kaspar told his players not to count on the Chanticleers shooting poorly in the second contest.

“We can’t shoot 34 percent or whatever we shot against (Georgia State),” Kaspar said. “Forty (percent against Georgia Southern) and we win. That’s not a good percentage, but we still win … We have to shoot a decent percentage. But on defense, we can’t turn it over very much. Finally, we can’t allow them to score a lot of points close to the bucket meaning we can’t allow them to post us up and score, we can’t allow them for second, or third shots, and put-packs. And of course, I always say their outside shooters could also be the difference.”

Kaspar said he’ll need sophomore guard Nijal Pearson and junior guard Tre Nottingham to play well if they want to pick up their second win over the Chanticleers. But Kaspar also added that the Bobcats will need their big men — senior forward Immanuel King and sophomore forward Eric Terry — to have strong performances.

"I would say you’ve got to have Nijal and Tre play well and Immanuel or Eric do some good things, or a combination of the two," Kaspar said. "You’ve got to have an inside game and you got to have a couple people from the outside hitting shots.”

After taking on Coastal Carolina, the Bobcats host Appalachian State (10-13, 4-6) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. With both the Chanticleers and Mountaineers at 4-6 in conference play, Kaspar knows they’ll both be hungry for a win. The Bobcats have to be prepared if they want to take care of business at home.

“They know what they’ve got to do, they’re 4-6,” Kaspar said. “There’s a definite sense of urgency, I think, with them, and some other schools. I mean, you got eight (games) to go, you got to go fellas or all of that hard work in the summer or the fall, it really comes down to are you going to be ready to play these last games.”

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