ASC POSTSEASON: @UTTylerMBB to open against Lobos in Alpine

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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RICHARDSON – The UT Tyler basketball team will play top-seeded Sul Ross at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at 2018 American Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament at the Gallego Center in Alpine.
The ASC Championship final will start at 6 p.m. Saturday with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. 
East Texas Baptist University (19-6), the No. 3 seed from the East Division, will take on the No. 2 team from the West University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (17-8) to open the quarterfinals at noon Thursday. The Tigers are making their 12th trip to the tournament overall and their fifth straight. The Cru continue their ASC-leading streak to 18 consecutive conference tournaments.
The West’s No. 4 Howard Payne University (11-14) will face East Division champion LeTourneau University (22-3) at 2:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets of HPU are making their fifth trip to the tournament and first since 2015. The YellowJackets, last year’s runner-up in the tournament, are making their sixth appearance.
Concordia University Texas (15-10), are making their 11th trip to the tournament in the last 12 seasons after earning the No. 3 seed from the West. They will match up with University of Texas at Dallas (18-7), the No. 2 seed from the East at 5 p.m. The Comets enter the tournament for the 15th straight season.

The final quarterfinal will be at 7:30 p.m. and feature West champion Sul Ross State (19-6) and the No. 4 seed from the East, UT Tyler (17-8). The Lobos are hosting the ASC Championship for the third time (2004, 2016) and appearing in the tournament for the 10th time. The Patriots enter the tournament for the eighth time in program history.
The 2018 ASC Championship Tournament is the 20th men’s basketball postseason tournament dating back to 1999. The winner of the tournament is the ASC champion and earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.
2018 ASC Championship
Quarterfinals: Thursday, February 22
Game 1: (W2) Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. (E3) East Texas Baptist, 12:00 p.m.
Game 2: (E1) LeTourneau vs. (E4) Howard Payne, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: (E2) UT Dallas vs. (W3) Concordia Texas, 5:00 p.m.
Game 4: (W1) Sul Ross State vs. (E4) UT Tyler, 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, February 23
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.
Championship: Saturday, February 24
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6:00 p.m.