Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team will look for its first American Southwest Conference Championship this weekend in the 2013 ASC Championship Tournament at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.
The Cowboys (15-10) will play Texas-Tyler (18-7) at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The Cowboys are the No. 3 seed out of the ASC West and the Patriots are the No. 2 seed after setting a program record for wins in a season. The Cowboys reached the conference title game last season and have won at least one game in five of its previous ASC Tournament appearances.
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) 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). 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), a two-time conference champion, 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). LeTourneau returns to the ASC tournament for the first time since 2009.
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:https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=936. . . . 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. . . . To talk about/follow the ASC basketball tournaments on Twitter, use the hashtag: #ASChoops.
2013 ASC MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
-Hosted by University of Texas at Dallas / Richardson, Texas / UTD Activity Center-
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.
Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.