Feb. 4, 2013
BEAUMONT - The 11th annual BracketBusters matchups were announced Monday evening and Lamar University drew a familiar name as Texas State will visit the Montagne Center on Feb. 23 for a non-conference men's basketball contest. Game time has yet to be announced.
The Cardinals and Bobcats have met 54 times and competed against each other as Southland Conference opponents beginning with the 1998-99 season and running through last year when Texas State left the league to join the Western Athletic Conference.
Lamar, which has won the last two meetings, knocked off the Bobcats 81-65 last year in Strahan Coliseum. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 29-25 and own a 17-10 advantage in games played in Beaumont.
This is the 11th and final edition of the BracketBusters as ESPN announced in December that it will not continue the event beyond this season. This season's BracketBusters includes 122 schools from 13 conferences with 13 games being televised on ESPN-affiliated networks.
This is the second straight season that Lamar has been a part of the BracketBusters field. The Cardinals played at George Mason last year, falling 75-71. The Patriots will return to the Montagne Center next season as part of the BracketBusters' agreement.
Texas State is currently 7-16 overall and 3-8 in WAC play. The Bobcats are 3-5 in road games this year. Junior forward Joel Wright leads an offense which is averaging 71.3 points per game with an 18.0 points per game average. Matt Staff is adding 11.1 points per game.
Lamar, which is 2-20 on the current season, has four Southland Conference games to play before facing Texas State. The Cards' next game will be Thursday evening at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.