I’m really anxious to go out and watch Coach Carson Cunningham’s home debut as the University of the Incarnate Word’s men’s basketball coach tonight.
UIW will host St. Francis of Illinois at 7 p.m. at the McDermott Convocation Center.
As tipoff draws near, I remember the first time I had a chance to interview the new coach.
Back in March, UIW had just announced Cunningham, and I was on another assignment out on the Northwest Side of San Antonio.
I can’t remember if he called me, or if I called him, but when I did get him on the phone, I was sitting in the foyer of a Luby’s restaurant.
It was pretty strange, with people coming in and out of the eatery, and I’m sitting on a little bench, asking the coach about his vision for the future of the program.
“The goal is to build a values-infused program that aligns with the mission of the university, delivers a fulfilling experience for the student-athletes and has a tremendous competitive fire,” Cunningham said.
Now that I think about it, I may need to go grab a late lunch before tipoff.
St. Francis (0-0)
Texas Tech shot 63 percent in the second half Tuesday night and blew out UIW, 87-37. Tech was an Elite Eight team last year in the NCAA tournament.
Players to watch for UIW
Antoine Smith — A 6-7 freshman from Westerville, Ohio, who scored 16 at Texas Tech on 5 of 9 shooting.
Charles Brown III — A 6-7 senior from New Orleans, Brown led UIW in scoring last year. He was held to five points in Lubbock.
UIW plays at home Saturday night, hosting Texas-Tyler, and again on Monday, against Texas Lutheran.
St. Francis coach Ryan Marks is a familiar face in Texas college basketball circles, having coached previously at St. Edward’s University in Austin and at Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.