Men’s Basketball Coach’s Clipboard: Non-conference play continues for one more week

Editor’s Note: Above image was provided by the UMHB Athletics Department

After the UMHB men’s basketball team’s first two conference games were canceled on Wednesday, head coach Clif Carroll worked quickly, and found two replacement games for this week. Not only will the Crusaders get to play, but they will get to play at home for the first time this season. Read all about UMHB’s upcoming matchups, and check out our projected starting lineup in this week’s “Coach’s Clipboard”.

Projected starting lineup:

PG- Josiah Johnson, Sophomore- 30.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, 7.0 RPG

G- Kyle Wright, Sophomore- 11.0 PPG, 1.0 APG, 5.3 RPG

G- Carson Hammond, Junior- 10.8 PPG, 4.4 APG, 4.2 RPG

F- Aedan Welch, Senior- 12.0 PPG, 2.8 APG, 8.8 RPG

F- Sam Reaves, Sophomore- 0.8 PPG, 0.8 APG, 4.0 RPG

Notes:

  • Johnson leads all D3 players in points per game and was also named ASC’s West Division Player of the Week on Monday.

About the Opponent: Concordia (TX)

Date: January 8

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Belton, Texas (Mayborn Campus Center)

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Notes:

  • The Tornados have not yet played a game this season, as the program decided to opt out of non-conference play. Concordia was set to open the season at Ozarks Thursday, but like UMHB, both of its conference games for this week were canceled.
  • Concordia head coach Stan Bonewitz has a young squad this season, as there are just four juniors and zero seniors on the roster.
  • Concordia’s biggest offensive threat looks to be sophomore Antoine Henderson. The 6’6 forward has a lot of height and a natural rebounding ability. The Tornados lost leading scorer Phillip Meikle following last season.

About the Opponent: Midwestern State

Date: January 9

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Place: Belton, Texas (Mayborn Campus Center)

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Notes:

  • Midwestern State looks to be amongst the best teams UMHB will face this season. A member of the division two Lone Star Conference, MSU is 5-1 on the season. The Mustangs only loss this season came last Sunday to St. Edwards, the No. 9 team in D2.
  • The Mustangs have a lot of speed and a high-powered offense. Look for sophomore guard Terrell Wilson to go head to head with UMHB’s Josiah Johnson on both ends of the floor. Wilson averages 12.8 points per game and scored a season-high 23 points on Sunday.
  • The contest will be UMHB’s first against a non-D3 team this season that will count towards its record.

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