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UTSA adjusting practice during lull in schedule

February 22, 2019

UTSA closed Tuesday’s practice — the team’s first during an 11-day stretch between games — with a series of sprints.

Conference USA unveiled its new bonus play schedule on Saturday, starting the Roadrunners with an open date. UTSA lost to Louisiana Tech on Saturday and will be off until hosting Conference USA leader Old Dominion on Feb. 28.

Navigating UTSA’s longest break between games since 2008-09, coach Steve Henson is working with the Roadrunners on some of their base concepts while trying to find a balance between rest and conditioning.

“This time of year, we spend so much time working specifically for your next opponent,” Henson said. “We have a few days we can just work on some general things, and things that will help us be a better basketball club, and we’ll still have time to get ready for Old Dominion.”

Junior forward Byron Frohnen said the sprints are a rarity for UTSA, and Henson said he hoped they would allow the Roadrunners to stay in shape without the wear and tear of the team’s typical live scrimmaging.

UTSA usually uses a seven-player rotation and ranks 325th of 353 Division I teams in bench minutes, per KenPom.com.

“That’s the fine line,” Henson said. “We need the rest, but we need the practice time, as well. We’re going to do our best to make sure we’re doing both of those things.”

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