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TYLER, February 6, 2014—The UT Tyler men's and women's basketball teams have six remaining games on the regular season schedule, with four of the six at home. The women are currently in first in the American Southwest Conference-standings while the men sit in sixth.
The UT Tyler women (16-3, 14-2) are on a record-pace, just two wins shy of the all-time mark of 18 wins in a season set last year.
In the latest D3hoops.com Top-25 poll, the Patriots are just shy of the top-25, totaling 27 total points, just one shy of Rhodes College who sits at No. 25.
UT Tyler is currently 30th in the nation in scoring offense (77.2 ppg), while shooting 44-percent from the field, which ranks 19th out of 431 teams in Division III.
Junior Brittany King is having a stellar second-season with the Patriots, averaging 16.4 ppg (6th in ASC) and 9.2 rebounds per game which leads the conference.
UT Tyler's next four games are at the Herrington Patriot Center in Tyler, beginning with a matchup with Howard Payne at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday.
The Lady Jackets are currently fourth in the conference-standings, and played the Patriots tough earlier this season, losing 72-71 in Brownwood.
On Saturday, the ladies will take on Sul Ross who is 1-18, 0-16 on the year, followed by matchups with Concordia-Tx and Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday and Saturday of next week.
The UT Tyler men have their sights set on the their sixth ASC postseason apperance in the last seven seasons, and the first bid under first-year head coach Jamon Copeland.
So far this season, the Patriots have quality wins over Louisiana College, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons, teams currently all in front of the Patriots in the standings.
UT Tyler ranks seventh in both points per game (75.3 ppg) and points against (75.4 ppg) out of 12 teams in the conference.
Senior Travis Dykman has led a guard-heavy team in scoring, averaging 14.2 ppg, including game-highs of 28 and 23 points so far this season.
With his 23-point performance against LeTourneau, Dykman moved into ninth-place all-time in men's program history in points scored with 606.
Of the remaining six games, the Patriots will take on three of the top-seven teams in the standings, including Sul Ross on Saturday, February 8 at 3 p.m., Concordia-Tx next Thursday, UMHB next Saturday, and Louisiana College on the road on Feb. 20.
Tonight, the Patriots will host Howard Payne, a team the Patriots defeated 78-75 earlier this year in Brownwood.
Postseason spots are still on the line for both squads, with the women fighting for a chance to host the ASC Championship tournament, beginning February 28 to March 2, at the regular-season champions home court.
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Article by Jeff Williford
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