ASC Tournament Bracket Announced, Jackets to Take on UMHB Friday
RICHARDSON – The LeTourneau YellowJacket learned of who they will be facing on Friday at the American Southwest Conference Tournament at the ASC Regular Season came to close this evening. The Jackets will be opening the tournament on Friday at 12 p.m. against the No. 1 team in the Western Division, the Mary-Hardin Baylor Cru.
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). Additionally, LeTourneau Athletics will offer a Gameday Central page where you can find all information about the Jacket's upcoming game.
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. They have been the surprise team of the year as they were picked to finish last in the East after finishing there the last two seasons. The Jackets have been dangerous this team and look to make a run throughout the tournament, holding wins over the likes of Texas-Dallas, Mississippi College, and Schreiner. In their first matchup, UMHB knocked off LeTourneau 64-58 in Belton. It was the second ASC game of the season for the Jackets. There will be a complete preview of this Friday's game including coach and player interviews and a preview article. Check letuathletics.com throughout the week leading up to the game.
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.
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.
NOTES: Admission prices each day will be $6 for adults and $4 for students/seniors. No complimentary pass lists will be accepted. . . .
Souvenir tournament T-shirts (short sleeved) will be available for $18, while official game programs will be free. If you would like to purchase a T-shirt in advance or have it shipped to you, order by credit card online:
. . . UTD Activity Center address: 800 West Campbell Rd.; Richardson TX; 75080. . . . Fans should park in "Green Permit" spots only. . . .
Teams from the West Division and East Division are tied for all-time ASC titles won with seven each. The West has prevailed four of the last five years. . . . The hosting rights of the tournament rotate from West to East each year. . . . . The host team has won seven times, including when Texas-Dallas hosted for the first time in 2009 . . . . Back-to-back champion McMurry is no longer a member of the ASC. . . . No all-tournament team selections return from last year. . . . Mary Hardin-Baylor is receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. . . .
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2013 ASC MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - Hosted by University of Texas at Dallas / Richardson, Texas / UTD Activity Center
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.