CANYON, Texas- The Buffaloes of West Texas A&M (1-2, 0-0 LSC) host Oklahoma Baptist (2-2, 0-0 GAC) Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26 in the last ballot before the Lone Star Conference. Tipoff against the Bison is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.
A live stream and statistics will be provided by the WT communications department. The game will be streamed on the Lone Star Conference Digital Network. Fans can purchase a $10 day pass that grants them access to all competitions on the network for the day, as well as 24-hour access to previously aired games from the current season.
Fans can also purchase a $75 volleyball season pass, which gives them access to all Lone Star Conference basketball games. In addition to live and archived streaming options, viewers will have the option to purchase and download 2022-23 season games for $10 each.
AROUND THE LONE STAR
Three Lone Star Conference teams remain undefeated, with Western New Mexico leading the West Division with a 6-0 aggregate record. Eastern New Mexico is second in the division with a 4-1 record, followed by Angelo State (2-1), Cameron (2-2), Lubbock Christian (2-2), UT Permian Basin (2-2 ), WT (1-2) and Midwest (0-3).
In the East Division, Texas A&M International (4-0) and UT Tyler (3-0) are at the top of the table, followed by St. Edwards’s (5-1), Texas A&M-Kingsville (3-1), Oklahoma Christian (2nd -1), DBU (3-3), UAFS (2-2) and St Mary’s (1-2).
NABC TOP 25 POLL
Defending champion Northwest Missouri State ranks first in the National Association of Basketball Coaches rankings with 15 of the 16 first-place votes, followed by Augusta, Indiana (1-fpv), Nova Southeastern and West Liberty. The Buffs are the only Lone Star Conference representative two spots outside the top-25 rankings with 47 points.
The Bison finished third in the Great American Conference Preseason Poll with 92 points after finishing the 2021-22 season 20-9 and 17-5 in the league. OBU is led by fifth-year head coach Jason Eaker, who has led the Bison to an overall record of 76-40 (.655) with two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
OBU scores 70.3 points per game, beating their opponents by 1.8 points, shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from the bow and 70.8 percent from the free throw line, along with 32.3 rebounds, 12 .8 assists, 8.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 17.8 turnovers.
Three players are averaging double figures, led by Paul King. The sophomore from Monroe, La., leads the Bisons on offense averaging 18.3 points per fight in four games. King shoots 38.2 percent from the ground along with 39.3 percent from deep and 83.3 percent on the charity streak, along with 3.8 rebounds, a team-high 18 assists and six steals.
Trey Doomes is the second-best scorer at 15.5 points per game, followed by DJ Freeman, who amasses 12.8 points, a team-high 71.4% shooting from the field and the defense with 32 total rebounds (8.0/game) , leading nine steals and six blocks .
The Buffs lead the all-time streak 6-0 with a current six-game winning streak, including 0-2 under Tom Brown. WT is 5-0 overall at home with only one loss to the Bison in 1937 in Oklahoma City. The Buffs have since recorded an 11-point win margin, with the largest margin coming from an 88-54 win in 1977.
W, 61-59 – November 26, 2021
W, 94-79 – January 5, 2021
W, 88-54 – December 3, 1977
W, 65-63 – January 3, 1977
W, 71-58 – December 6, 1975
W, 77-64 – December 15, 1955
L, 31-33 – January 1, 1937
The Buffs entered the winning column of the 2022-23 season Monday night with a 105-72 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Eleven Buffs scored Monday night, with five Buffs in double figures, led by Junior Zach Toussaint drained six 3-pointers, a total of 21 points off the floor. student in the first year Brock Mischak scored 18 points followed by Larry Wise (17), Ahmed Mohammed (13) and Ryland Holt (10) while Wise and Holt brought down eight boards each.
The Buffs shot 51.2% (22 of 43) from field, 44.4% (12 of 27) from deep and went 7 of 8 at the free throw line with 42 points off the bench to call with 42 rebounds, 20 Assists, nine steals and four blocks.
Zach Toussaint moves up the ladder in the program’s 3-point career leaderboard. The Johnsburg, Illinois product ranks fourth all-time with 228 threes and is 33 behind the same former buff Martin Lattibeaudiere (1993-97). David Chavlovich (2014-18) is the program’s all-time 3-point leader with 388.
THE BROWN ERA
head coach Tom Brown enters his ninth season at the helm of Buffalo Basketball, growing the program into one of the elite NCAA Division II schools in the nation. He has led the Buffs to six straight NCAA tournaments, including the Buffs’ first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship game in 2021. Under Brown, the Buffs are 211-52 since he took the reins in 2014 with an incredible win ratio of 80.2%. Brown registered his 200thth Career win on January 31, 2022 after the Buffs defeated St. Edward’s 82-72 to become only the third coach in program history to reach the 200-win plateau.
ON THIS DAY: NOV. 26
The Buffs are 12-0 at the Nov. 26 game, including 8-0 at Canyon and 3-0 under the head coach Tom Brown. WT’s average win rate on that date is 11.8 points. WT last played that date in 2021, defeating Oklahoma Baptist, 61-58, at the Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic in Canyon.
W, 61-58 – vs. Oklahoma Baptist, 2021
W, 82-81 – v Southern Nazarene, 2016
W, 72-63 – v. Pittsburg State, 2014
W, 76-71 – v. Ouachita Baptist, 2005
W, 67-57 – v. Missouri Southern, 2004
W, 85-75 – v. New Mexico Highlands, 2002
W, 85-73 – v. Southwest State of Oklahoma, 1999
W, 87-65 – v. Carpenter, 1994
W, 76-62 – v. Central Oklahoma, 1988
W, 71-66 – v. Angelo State, 1987
W, 62-42 – v. Adams State, 1985
W, 69-38 – v. Oklahoma Panhandle State, 1977
LSC PRE-SEASON FAVORITE
The Buffs were selected to win their sixth straight LSC tournament title, receiving 36 of the 39 first place votes for 619 total points. DBU earned 560 points and took second place, followed by Lubbock Christian (2-fpv, 489), Midwestern State (460) and St. Edward’s (428) completing the top five. Texas A&M-Kingsville (399) was sixth followed by St. Mary’s (380), Angelo State (364), UT Tyler (314), UT Permian Basin (1-fpv, 310), UAFS (293), Texas A&M International (246), Western New Mexico (145), Oklahoma Christian (134), Eastern New Mexico (95), and Cameron (68).
Julius Brown, a native of Westerville, Ohio, was named league preseason player of the year after helping the Buffs to their fifth straight conference title. The D2CCA All-Region Selection and LSC Newcomer of the Year averaged 16.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent from the 3-point range and 76.8 percent shot from the free throw line. He hit a season-high 34 in the Buffs’ 83-73 win over Angelo State in the Conference Quarterfinals.
Junior Zach Toussaint became the 24thth Player in program history for achieving 1,000 career points in the Buffs’ top 5 match against No. 1 Northwest Missouri state in the season opener. The Johnsburg, Illinois now ranks 23rdapproxon the all-time leaderboard with 1,009 total points, overtaking former buff James Scott (1952-55). David Chavlovich (2014-18) is the program’s all-time leader with 2,520 points.
THE LONELY STAR
The 2022-23 LSC basketball schedule will feature 16 men’s teams in two divisions, with each team playing a double round-robin schedule within its division. Additionally, teams play eight crossover competitions against teams from the opposing division for a total of 22 conference games.
The 2023 LSC Basketball Championships will feature an 8-team field, with seeding based on the 22 conference games. The division winners receive the top two seeds of the tournament. The championships will be held March 2-3-5, 2023 at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.
The Buffs finished the 2021-22 season 29-7 with the program’s sixth straight appearance at the NCAA tournament. WT received automatic bid for the tournament after winning the Lone Star Conference Tournament title for the fifth consecutive year and beating Texas A&M-Kingsville 77-70 in the championship. Julius Brown earned tournament MVP honors after leading the tournament with 76 points, including 34 in the quarterfinals. Zach Toussaint became the first player to drop 36 points in a single game since 2016 while finishing 14thth in the course of the program to reach the milestone.
WT meets UAFS in the conference opener at First United Bank Center on Thursday, December 1 before taking on Oklahoma Christian on Saturday, December 3. Both matchups will be streamed on the Lone Star Network.
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