STEPHENVILLE (March 1, 2015) — March is here, let the madness begin.
Tarleton State University officials are ensuring that Wisdom Gym serves as a launchpad for March Madness, making its Sunday night Lone Star Conference regular-season finales against Texas A&M-Commerce free for all.
Fans receiving free admission will see the TexAnns battle Texas A&M-Commerce for fourth place in the LSC beginning at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., attention turns to a battle for outright conference supremacy, which is just what Tarleton can claim with a win.
The Texans are half a game ahead of Angelo State, whose LSC season is complete. A win would mean a one-game margin in the final standing for the Texans, and would further improve Tarleton’s chances of hosting the South Central Regional for the first time since 2008. The Texans have been No. 1 in each of the first two regional rankings.
A victory for Tarleton would also mean the top seed in next week’s LSC Championship tournament at Allen Event Center in the North Dallas suburb of Allen. The Texans have won the last two conference tournaments.
The Tarleton women will be seeded fourth in the LSC Championship with a win, but would slip to sixth with a loss. The TexAnns also need a win to help them in the regional poll, where they are No. 8.
The LSC Championship begins with an awards ceremony Tuesday night. The No. 1 vs. No. 8 and No. 2 vs. No. 7 quarterfinal matchups for women and men begin at noon on Wednesday. The remaining quarterfinals are Thursday, with semifinals Friday and championships Saturday.
Here are the men’s scenarios entering today, the final day of the LSC regular season:
1. Tarleton State or Angelo State
2. Angelo State or Tarleton State
3. Midwestern State or Texas A&M-Commerce
4. Texas A&M-Commerce or Midwestern State
5. West Texas A&M
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville
8. Eastern New Mexico
Tarleton – No. 1 with a win Sunday, No. 2 with a loss.
Angelo State – No. 1 with a Tarleton loss Sunday, No. 2 with a Tarleton win.
Midwestern State – No. 3 with a win OR a A&M-Commerce loss Sunday, No. 4 with a loss AND A&M-Commerce win.
Texas A&M-Commerce – No. 3 with a win AND a Midwestern loss, No. 4 with a Midwestern win