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Basketball heads to UWA and UAH

The VSU basketball teams are set to complete their final road trips of the regular season as they take on West Alabama tonight and Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday night.
The games at Alabama-Huntsville will be the first games back for either UAH team, as a shooting on campus forced a campus shutdown that halted athletic play.
“Anytime you play on the road you’re going to play in a hostile environment,” Men’s head coach Mike Helfer said. “It is going to be loud when we go in there and we just have to be ourselves and keep doing what we have been doing and not get caught up in everything and try to do things that we are not.”
For the Lady Blazers, who currently are riding an 11 game winning streak, the game at West Alabama will be the first game in five days for VSU, who defeated Saint Leo by twenty points last Saturday. The last time the women of VSU met West Alabama, VSU defeated UWA 61-43 at the Complex. The Lady Blazers then defeated Alabama-Huntsville 61-49 in their next game, despite being down by six points inside 10 minutes to play.
For the 4 ranked Blazers, who currently are riding a 14 game winning streak and are currently posting the best season in school history, the game against West Alabama is their first game in eight days as VSU has not played since their ten point win over West Florida last Wednesday.
The last time VSU and UWA met, the Blazers defeated the Tigers 91-55. Following their dismantling win over UWA, the Blazers then defeated Alabama-Huntsville 85-76, despite allowing six 3-pointers in the opening half.
The No. 4 Blazers and the Lady Blazers have already earned spots to play in the Gulf South Conference tournament which will be held in the first week of March.
“We are just trying to focus on one game at a time,” Helfer said. “It would be nice to look back in the spring and reflect back and say that we had a great year but as everybody knows, March Madness is when teams really identify themselves.”

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