LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The second season begins for the University of West Alabama men and women's basketball teams with the tip off the of the Raymond James 2013 Gulf South Conference Basketball Tournament this week in Birmingham.
The UWA men come into the tournament as the seventh seed and will face second seed Christian Brothers at Samford's Pete Hanna Arena Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The UWA men split a pair of regular season games with Christian Brothers, winning by 18 points in Livingston and losing by 19 in Memphis.
“It's a new season, everybody is 0-0 right now,” Tigers men's coach Mike Newell said. “This is the time of year that everyone associated with college basketball looks forward to. I have said all along that this is going to be an exciting tournament and I still believe that.”
The women's team is the sixth seed and will take on third seed West Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The UWA women split with West Georgia in the regular season, winning by 21 points at home and losing by eight in Carrollton, Ga.
“We are ready to get back on the court. Our goal three and a half weeks ago was to get to the tournament with a full squad, which we have done,” UWA women's coach Craig Roden said. “We are as healthy as we have been since the second week of January. The first game of the tournament is always the toughest one.”
Should the UWA women defeat West Georgia they will play the winner of Thursday's matchup between Christian Brothers and North Alabama on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A victory for the UWA men will give the Tigers an off day on Friday and a date with the West Florida-UNA winner at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets for the tournament are $8 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Students of GSC institutions and senior citizens are admitted for $5.