Texans play three games in the Paradise Jam tournament in the US Virgin Islands

The teams: Day 1: Tarleton State University Texans (1-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. Belmont University Bruins (1-2, 0-0 MVC); Day 2: Tarleton Texans vs. George Mason (2-1, 0-0 A10) or Boston College (2-1, 0-0 ACC); Day 3: Tarleton Texans vs. TBD
Where: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Arena: UVI sports and fitness center
Day and time: Friday, November 18 at 4:45 p.m. CT
Streaming platform: ESPN3
Radio: CTRL 90.5FM

ABOUT THE MATCHUP:

  • This is the first meeting between Tarleton and Belmont in the history of the programs.
  • With 77 wins since the start of the 2019-20 season, Belmont ranks fifth nationally, behind only Gonzaga, Kansas, Houston and Baylor.
  • In the Bruins’ three regular-season games, they averaged 73 PPG, compared to the 78.3 PPG allowed.

FAST HIT:

  • Since 2006, Belmont has competed in eight NCAA tournaments. Their combined record is 1-8. They also qualified for the 2020 NCAA tournament before it was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tarleton and Belmont are shooting almost identically from the field so far this season at .468 and .470 percent, respectively.
  • Tarleton currently has better stats than Belmont in rebounds per game (40 to 29), steals (31 to 22) and points per game (77 to 73).
  • The Texans currently rank fifth in the WAC for opposing field goal percentage, keeping their opponents at a 36.9 PPG average.
  • Tarleton currently has 49 forced turnovers at 24.5 per game. Only two other programs in the country rank higher than Tarleton in forced revenue per game (Bryant 56 at 28 per game, UNLV 77 at 25.67 per game).
  • The Texans currently have 31 steals on the season, at 15.5 per contest. Only one other program in the nation ranks higher in steals per game (Bryant’s 38 at 19 per game).

WHO IS HOT:

  • 44 Tydan Archibald: Tydan Archibald led the team by 15 points in his first start of the season last Thursday against Kansas Christian. He wasn’t afraid to shoot from outside the arc as all of his points of the game came from distance (5-9 3PT).
  • 33 Garry Clark: Garry Clark earned his first start of the season en route to 14 points (7-9 FG) and five rebounds for the game. He also racked up two assists and steals in 15 minutes of play.
  • 13 Shakur Daniel: Daniel Shakur averaged 10 points in 4-of-8 shooting, four assists and two rebounds and assists over 25 minutes. Daniel has now scored double figures in both games this season and has done so ten times as a Texan.

NUMBERS TO KNOW:

  • 3: With eight days between their last game and Belmont, the Texans will FACE THREE OPPONENTS in four days during the Paradise Jam tournament.
  • 21: Tarleton has made 21 OR MORE TURNS in consecutive games this season (Arizona State 21, Kansas Christian 28). The Texans rank third nationally in forced turnovers per game (Bryant 56 at 28 per game, UNLV 77 at 25.67 per game).
  • 44: The Texans benefited from forced turnovers against Kansas Christian last Thursday to score 44 POINTS OFF TURNOVERS. That’s double the number of points they got from such games against Arizona State.
  • 46: Tarleton won by 46 points against Kansas Christian last Thursday, Nov. 10, their BIGGEST WIN since their 112-54 win over McMurry on Feb. 9, 2021. The Texans forced 20-plus six times last season Turnovers so far in both games this season they have forced more than 20 turnovers.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON

The Texans’ next game is either Saturday, November 19 (if Tarleton loses to Belmont) or Sunday, November 20 (if Tarleton wins to Belmont). Depending on the results, Tarleton will play either George Mason or Boston College. They will play one final match against an unspecified opponent on Monday November 21st to conclude the tournament.



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