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Welcome to the Dance, UTSA Roadrunners

Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:01 am
Edited on: March 13, 2011 3:03 am
 

The Southland final pitted a No. 1 seed and No. 7 seed against each other, but it wasn’t a mismatch on paper. When the game was played, it certainly was not a mismatch, as lower-seeded Texas-San Antonio knocked off McNeese State, 75-72, to win the conference championship and get a bid to the NCAA tournament. Devin Gibson finally slowed down his triple-double ways, but Jeromie Hill stepped up with 25 points.

Texas-San Antonio is heading to its fourth NCAA tournament, with the last two coming as a No. 16 seed. The Roadrunners are likely to enter the Big Dance as a No. 16 seed once again, despite winning their last five games. They had an up-and-down conference campaign, but were on the wrong side of a very close Southland race and were relegated to the seventh seed.

Player to know: Devin Gibson. Gibson is one of the best all-around players in college basketball. He is capable of impacting a game at both ends of the floor, as evidenced by his two triple-doubles this season and the fact he averaged nearly three steals per game during his four-year career. Gibson is playing some of his best basketball right now, averaging 23 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the conference tournament.

The Vitals:

  • Record: 19-13, 9-7 Southland
  • Team colors: Navy Blue, Orange and White
  • We’re thinking: 16-seed.
  • KenPom ranking: 219
  • RPI: 205
  • Best win: San Jose State (17-15)
  • Worst loss: Samford (12-19)
  • Notable stat: Devin Gibson is tied with Tu Holloway of Xavier for the most triple-doubles in the country, with two.
  • Most recent tournament history: 2004. Entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 16 seed, lost to Stanford in the first round.

Photo: AP

Posted by Jeff Borzello

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