3 p.m. CT, Alpine, Texas (Gallego Center)
No. 16 UMHB (18-2, 13-2 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
About the Cru: This will be UMHB’s fourth game in the last six days, so fatigue is certainly a factor, especially at this point in the season. But that is where the Crusaders’ depth comes into play. With a talented bench, the Cru has had consistency shooting the ball, and have improved defensively over the last several weeks. Quick, and athletic, UMHB is excellent in transition, and is also a solid offensive rebounding team, which often leads to second-chance points. If the turnovers can be limited-they turned it over 23 times at Howard Payne on Thursday-the Cru is in a good spot with three games left in the regular season.
Sul Ross State (9-13, 6-11 ASC)
Sul Ross State Projected Starting Five
About the Lobos: Second-year head coach Xavier Webb has his team in top form as the end of the regular season rapidly approaches. SRSU has won its last three games, and has been dangerous at home, defeating ETBU and Hardin-Simmons, while falling to LeTourneau, by two points in overtime, on Jan. 22. Which means it will be no easy task for UMHB to get a win in Alpine, especially with the way the Lobos play on the defensive end. They play superb defense, limiting opponents’ accuracy from three-point range. The last time these two teams faced each other, the Lobos kept it close in Belton for much of the contest, though UMHB emerged with a 94-81 win, and the same kind of game is expected this afternoon.