Weekend sports preview Jan. 31: Basketball takes on Missouri rivals

Photo by Daniel Degenhardt

Conference Games For Basketball

Truman State University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams head out on a short southern Missouri road trip this weekend to play two GLVC games each. Both teams face off against their counterparts from Missouri University of Science and Technology tonight in Rolla and take on the Drury University Panthers in Springfield Saturday afternoon.

The women’s basketball team currently sits at No. 3 in the GLVC with an 8-2 conference record, and has gone 17-3 on the season overall. Drury currently occupies the top spot in the conference as well as the Div. II national rankings and have yet to lose a game.

The men’s team scored a combined 156 points in two victories last weekend, which snapped a five-game losing streak in which they struggled offensively. The Bulldogs currently sit at an even .500 both overall and in conference play, good for No. 7 in the 14-team GLVC. Guard Brodric Thomas scored 39 points in the two games last weekend while still recovering from an early-season foot injury.

Wrestling To GLVC Championship Duals

The Bulldog wrestling team will compete Saturday in the GLVC Championship duals at the University of Indianapolis. Head coach David Schutter said he was fairly impressed with the team’s performance in the past two weekends’ outings at Loras College and the University of Central Missouri, where five Truman wrestlers placed. After the GLVC duals this weekend, the Bulldogs will host UCM Wednesday and Graceland University Thursday.

Next weekend: Baseball

Truman baseball begins its non-conference schedule next weekend in Arkansas with a four-game set against Harding University. Truman finished last in the GLVC coaches preseason poll with 24 points and no first-place votes. Bellarmine University finished in first place with 156 points, and UIS and Quincy University rounded out the top 3. Last season, the Bulldogs went 12-36 overall, which converts to a .250 winning percentage. The team fared even worse in conference play, posting a 6-22 record for a .216 winning percentage.

Quick notes

The men’s and women’s swim teams will compete at the GLVC Championships Wednesday in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Men’s tennis will begin its spring season this weekend at the University of Southern Indiana. Despite lack of University funding, the team was able to raise enough money to compete this season.

Women’s tennis will be traveling to St. Joseph, Missouri, this weekend to start its spring competition. The team is young with more than half being freshmen and sophomores.

The track and field team competed at the Mizzou Open Jan. 25. The Bulldogs brought home five first place finishes, multiple top 5 finishes and some personal bests. The team will compete again Feb. 8-9 at the Bearcat Invitational.