RICHARDSON (February 18, 2013) -- Texas-Dallas won the American Southwest Conference East Division title with a 14-5 league record and earned the right to host the 2013 ASC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, to be held Feb. 22-24 at UTD Activity Center in Richardson, Texas.
The entire eight-team, single elimination event – being played for a 15th-straight year – will be available for fans to watch online for free. All links – including those to live stats, broadcasts, box scores, game recaps, bracket, photos and post-game interviews – can be found on the conference’s Tournament Central page (www.ASCsports.org) and Texas-Dallas’s athletic website (cometsports.utdallas.edu).
Texas-Dallas (19-6) and head coach Terry Butterfield, who won the East Division title for the fifth straight season, will begin play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against West Division No. 4 seed Schreiner (11-14). UTD, which went 10-0 on its home court in conference play this year, has hoisted two league trophies (2005 and 2009). The Comets are allowing a league-low 59.8 points per game. Schreiner is making its second straight ASC tournament appearances after never having qualified before that.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (21-4) and head coach Ken DeWeese enter as the West Division champion for the fifth time in seven seasons. The two-time conference champion Cru, who went 17-2 in league play and have won 12 of their last 13 games, begin in the first quarterfinal Friday at noon against the East Division’s No. 4 seed, LeTourneau (11-14). UMHB ranks second in the league in both offense (77 ppg) and defense (66.1 ppg).
LeTourneau returns to the ASC tournament for the first time since 2009.
Texas-Tyler (18-7), which has set a program record for wins in a season and returns to the annual event after missing last year, enters as the East Division’s No. 2 seed and will open at 2:30 p.m. Friday against the West No. 3 seed, Hardin-Simmons (15-10). The Cowboys reached the conference title game last season.
Concordia Texas (20-5), which is second in the nation in scoring (96.1
ppg) and has also set a program single-season record for victories, will serve as the West’s No. 2 seed. The Tornados will battle East Division No. 3 seed Mississippi College (15-10) at 5 p.m. Friday. MC has won a record five conference titles (1999, 2002-03, 2006-07) and is the only team to have qualified every year.
The semifinals are scheduled to tip-off Saturday at 2 p.m. (UMHB-LETU winner vs. UT TYLER-HSU winner) and 4:30 p.m. (CTX-MC winner vs. UTD-SU winner), with the championship game coming Sunday at 2 p.m.
The ASC tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.
Friday, February 22
Game 1: [W1] Mary Hardin-Baylor (21-4) vs. [E4] LeTourneau (11-14), Noon Game 2: [E2] Texas-Tyler (18-7) vs. [W3] Hardin-Simmons (15-10), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: [W2] Concordia Texas (20-5) vs. [E3] Mississippi College (15-10), 5 p.m.
Game 4: [E1] Texas-Dallas (19-6) vs. [W4] Schreiner (11-14), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24
Game 7: Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.