Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru
7:30 p.m. CT, Marshall, Texas (Ornelas Gym)
No. 17 UMHB (12-1, 7-1 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
About the Cru: Ranked No. 17 in the nation, UMHB has begun finding a rhythm on both ends of the floor, especially offensively, where the Crusaders had struggled in December. They have shot over 39 percent from three-point range in each of their last two contests, and above 43 percent from the field in their last three victories. On a seven-game win streak, the Cru is paced by Josiah Johnson in scoring (26.5 PPG), though Luke Feely, Carson Hammond, Nathan Stolz and Gibson Hearne have also contributed significantly, playing a brand of team basketball that is hard for the opposition to stop.
ETBU (6-7, 4-4 ASC)
ETBU Projected Starting Five
About the Tigers: While seventh in the ASC in points per game (74.5), ETBU has performed at a high level defensively throughout this season, allowing the second-fewest points per game in the league (71.4), A key reason for that can be attributed to the Tigers’ ability in keeping opponents off the boards, limiting the opposition to 33.9 rebounds per game, the best mark in the conference. 6’7 Darry Moore, 6’7 Charlie Cochran, and 6’5 Chris Haynes are forces in the post, which could create a challenge for UMHB’s defense. ETBU is coming off consecutive victories over Ozarks and Belhaven last week.