The East Central University men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season with a new head coach at the helm of the program, Friday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. against Angelo State in the first game of the SWOSU Basketball Classic in Weatherford, Okla. The Tigers will also face Midwestern State, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.
ECU’s radio home for Tigers basketball in 2012-13 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the men’s basketball schedule page.
Scouting Angelo State
Angelo State finished the 2012-13 season with a 7-19 overall mark and a 4-14 record in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams played one exhibition game this season, falling 46-65 to Texas Tech.
ASU was predicted to finish seventh in the LSC this season after losing three starters, but is returning seven players from a season ago. Like ECU, the Rams will be under the tutelage of a new head coach in Chris Beard.
The three top returners for ASU are Chris Talkington, Dakota Rawls and Bryan Hammond. Talkington tallied 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while Rawls added 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing. Hammond contributed 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Rams.
Against the Rams
The last meeting between the teams was Nov. 11, 2011, when ECU earned a 79-73 win on a neutral floor.
While the Tigers have no returners from that outing, Dakota Rawls was a starter for the Rams. Rawls tallied five points and added an assist.
Friday’s contest will be the 16th meeting in the all-time series and just the second on a neutral court. The Rams currently hold an 11-4 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to Nov. 19, 1998. The Tigers won the last meeting between the teams, Nov. 11, 2001 (79-73) on a neutral court.
Scouting Midwestern State
The Mustangs have been ranked No. 13 by the NABC in the preseason poll and picked to finish first in the LSC after going 22-9 overall and 14-4 in the conference in 2012-13. MSU’s season came to an end in the NCAA South Central Regional Semifinals.
The Mustangs return four of their five starters from last year’s team and will be bolstered by JaMichael Rivers and DeJuan Plummer who sat out the 2012-13 season, but were key players in 2011-12.
Monzaigo Williams is the top returner for MSU, as he averaged 12 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game last season. Rivers added 10.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12.
Against the Mustangs
The last meeting between ECU and MSU was back on Dec. 2, 2010, with the Tigers suffering a 36-60 loss in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Chris Lee played in the game for ECU, with five points and two rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Mustangs do not have any returners who saw action in the outing against ECU.
Saturday’s game will be the 18th meeting between ECU and MSU, with the Mustangs holding an 11-6 lead. The series started Dec. 15, 1997, with an 87-85 ECU win. This is just the second meeting on a neutral court, with MSU earning the win the first time. The last meeting was Dec. 2, 2010 when the Mustangs earned a 36-60 win on their home court.
Tigers Picked to Finish 10th
The Tigers were picked to finish 10th in the Great American Conference in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
ECU received 28 points in the poll and were above Southern Arkansas, with 22 points.
The Tigers will host their first home game of the 2013-14 season in their next outing when they welcome Dallas Baptist to the Kerr Activities Center, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. The game is part of the first double-header with the women’s team, with the women hosting Rogers State at 2 p.m.