The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team closes out the regular season on Saturday with a 4 p.m. versus Texas-Arlington at Texas Hall in Arlington.
A&M-Corpus Christi enters the contest with a 16-14 record and 10-5 mark in the Southland Conference after beating Lamar for the second time this season on Wednesday night in its home finale 69-60. UT Arlington is a game behind the Islanders at 9-6 in the Southland and 16-12 overall.
While both teams have secured berths in the Southland Conference tournament next week, A&M-Corpus Christi is battling to improve its seed. The Islanders currently would be the fourth seed is the season ended today. If the Islanders win along with Sam Houston State, while Nicholls falters, A&M-Corpus Christi would move up to the three seed. If Sam Houston and Nicholls both lose and the Islanders win creating a three-way for second, Nicholls would get the second seed, the Bearkats the third, and the Islanders would remain fourth. If the Islanders remain the fourth seed, two teams will battle a third time in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament on Thursday.
The meeting is the second of the season between the two sides. The Islanders won earlier this season at the American Bank Center 82-75. Kevin Palmer finished with 17 points to lead four Islanders in double digits, while UTA's Anthony Vereen was the top scorer in the game with 29 points. The twosome is battling it out for the regular-season scoring title. Palmer leads the league with 17.7 points on the season with Vereen at 17.5. The tandem also leads in scoring in SLC games where Palmer is again first at 19.2 points Vereen is second at 18.5
The Southland Conference Men's Tournament will be held on Thursday through Sunday at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.