In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s GrouponLive deal to see a University of Texas at San Antonio men's basketball game at the UTSA Convocation Center. For $9, you get two tickets for seating in rows D–V of sections 200–204 at the game against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. (up to an $18 value).
The UTSA Roadrunners dash onto the Convocation Center court prepared to defend their Southland Conference crown and topple the division rival Lumberjacks. In just six seasons as head coach, Brooks Thompson has helped blaze a new trail for UTSA hoops, producing seven all-conference players and leading the team's fast break into the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Roadrunners fans spring to their feet as Australian-born forward Jeromie Hill corrals nearly seven rebounds per game by flinging boomerangs at missed shots. Guard Melvin Johnson III befuddles defenders with nothing-but-net baskets from beyond the arc, and Kannon Burrage’s nightly salvo of buckets has ballooned to an impressive 13-points-per-game average through 19 contests. Inside the rowdy Convocation Center, UTSA touts an outstanding all-time home record thanks to its raucous fans and the visiting bench's location above a pit of quicksand.
After competing in the Southland Athletic Conference, the UTSA Roadrunners officially joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The Roadrunners’ leave their former conference with 48 Southland Conference Championships in two decades of athletic membership, as well as the 2007–2008 Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the conference’s top athletics department. The Roadrunners will move into Conference USA in the fall of 2013.