Perhaps this is the week all of the Tarleton State Texans’ streaks will end.
The team’s remarkable 33-game home winning streak ended Monday, along with John Davis’ 10-game run of double-doubles.
Tonight the Texans (12-6, 1-2) get a shot at ending a more troublesome streak — their five-game road skid — as they take on the Angelo State Rams (7-11, 2-2).
The Rams are just 3-5 at home on the season, but they’re coming off a big 81-57 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The team is led by junior center Marcus Hubbard (6-9), who averages 21.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The newcomer is currently the Lone Star Conference’s second-leading scorer, and anchors Angelo State’s defense — he also averages 1.28 blocks per game, fourth best in the contest.
But after Hubbard, there is a steep drop in point production for the Rams — and if the Texans can slow him down, they’ll have a great shot at getting their first road victory of the season.
Hubbard has nearly twice as many field goal attempts (298) as any of his teammates (Turner Phipps is closest, at 153 shots). Like the Texans, the Rams’ lineup has gone through a number of changes as the season has progressed — Phipps is the only player to have started all 18 games.
The game is close to being a must-win, as the Texans cannot afford a third conference loss this early in the season if they are to make their sixth straight trip to the South Central Regional.
They have a pair of high-profile wins for their “resume” — they beat No. 5 Findlay Nov. 18 and No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma State Jan. 8 — but need a conference run, too.
Tip off is at 8 p.m. at the Junell Center in San Angelo, following the TexAnns’ game, which begins at 6.