Tigers to visit UTRGV for second round of CIT

EDINBURG, Texas – The Tigers of Texas Southern University aim to continue their postseason run Monday when they visit UT–Rio Grande Valley for the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The game will tip off at 7 p.m. Monday, and can be viewed for free at watchcit.com.
Texas Southern University advanced to the second round of the CIT thanks to a 95-89 win in overtime at New Orleans. Justin Hopkins came off the TSU bench to score 20 points and secure 10 rebounds as TSU won a postseason game beyond the SWAC Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Game 36
Texas Southern Tigers at Texas–Rio Grande Valley
Monday, Feb. 24 • 7 p.m. • Edinburg, Texas • UTRGV Fieldhouse
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The Tigers are led by 6-foot-7 forward Jeremy Combs, who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The graduate transfer from Dallas (North Texas/LSU) averages 17.0 points and a conference-best 9.0 rebounds per game.
In SWAC play, Combs averaged 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Both of those figures led the conference.
Monday’s game will mark the first time the Tigers have faced UTRGV since UTRGV’s name change in 2015, when UT–Pan American merged with UT–Brownsville. UTRGV’s athletics program is a continuation of UT–Pan American’s athletic tradition.
The two teams have met 20 times previously, with each team winning 10 games. The last meeting between the two teams took place in 2007, when UTRGV (as UT–Pan American) defeated Texas Southern 78-60 in Las Vegas, Nev.
TSU is the second consecutive SWAC opponent UTRGV will face, as the Vaqueros opened the CIT with a 74-73 win over Grambling State at home.
High scorers
Texas Southern averages 80.4 points per game, which leads the SWAC and ranks 26th nationally. The Tigers’ 45.2 percent field-goal percentage ranks second in the SWAC.
Combs ranked nationally
Jeremy Combs ranks among the top 40 nationally in seven categories. His 60.4 percent shooting ranks 21st nationally. He ranks among the top 10 in total free throws attempted (280, 2nd) and offensive rebounds (3.54, 7th).
Lots of free throws
The Tigers rank second in the nation in total free throws attempted (921) and third in total free throws made (612). Meanwhile, UTRGV ranks fourth nationally with 901 free throw attempts, while the Vaqueros’ 627 made free throws leads the nation.
Patterson heating up
Senior guard Jalyn Patterson has also commanded attention during the postseason, averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 assists per game during TSU’s four tournament games since the end of the regular season.
Not just SWAC victories
The Tigers are 6-8 against teams from outside the Southwestern Athletic Conference this season. The Tigers commanded national attention prior to the start of conference play with three wins over Power 5 conference opponents (at Baylor, at Oregon, and at Texas A&M).
Armstrong points to success
Since making his way into the starting lineup, point guard Tyrik Armstrong has averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. More importantly, the Tigers are 14-1 with Armstrong in the starting lineup.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com


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