UT Arlington’s Losing Skid Hits 3; Mavs Now Tied for Third in Sun Belt

UTA 64, Louisiana 76

Tough night for the UT Arlington Mavericks (12-15, 8-6 Sun Belt Conference) basketball team tonight. Just two weeks ago, UTA defeated first-place Texas State in a double-overtime thriller in San Marcos to earn a share of first place. Since then, UTA has lost three games in a row.

After two lackluster offensive performances at Little Rock and Arkansas State last week, tonight the Mavs faced a Louisiana team (16-10, 7-6 SBC), coached by the great Bob Marlin, who the Mavs faced many times in the Southland Conference when he coached for Sam Houston State), that has had an up-and-down season that included a recent 3-game losing streak that saw them lose by 27 at Appalachian State and two 17-point losses to Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern. Continue reading

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UT-Arlington Mavs Drop 2 Basketball Games in Arkansas, Now Tied for 3rd in Sun Belt

UT-Arlington Basketball Update:

Thursday, February 14: UTA 52, Little Rock 56
Saturday, February 16: UTA 78, Arkansas State 84

Got to see both games on TV, and the it just seemed the UTA offense seemed was a little out rhythm in both games. Arkansas State moved the ball well, hit some outside shots and did a good job getting to the paint for short jumpers and and-one opportunities.

Those two losses knocked us out of first place for time being. The Mavs are now tied for 3rd with Coastal Carolina (luckily we won both games  against them should a tiebreakers be needed for seeding). Meanwhile, Texas State is in first place at 10-3, with Georgia State in second at 9-4. Continue reading

UT-Arlington Mavs Pull Away in Second Half to Stay in Tie for First

award_ribbon_blue_1st_tUT-Arlington (12-12, 8-3) 78, Appalachian State (8-16, 3-8) 68
This was a fast-paced and very entertaining basketball game. UTA faced a very athletic and uptempo Appalachian State team at College Park Center and after leading by two 39-37 at half had a great second half and won 78-68. This game reminded me a lot of some of the track-meet Texas State-UTA match ups of years past. Up and down, a lot of made shots. Neither team could really pull away in the first half. Continue reading

Tied for First! UTA 74, Coastal Carolina 54

Award_ribbon_blue_1stHuge win tonight over a very good Coastal Carolina basketball team. A few weeks ago, the Mavericks went to Myrtle Beach and won a game with a three with one second remaining.

Tonight, the Mavericks got up by 12 at halftime and never looked back. UTA used a variety of defenses and dominated the glass to hold CCU to 22.6 percent (14-62) shooting. The Mavs shot 42% for the game. The victory puts UTA in a tie for first place with Texas State and Georgia State.

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Mavs Fall to Georgia State

UTA 58, Georgia State 63

Quick post tonight…long week and I’m kinda sleepy. Don’t have a lot of time to dig into the stats tonight.

Coach Hunter does a great job for the Panthers (9-4). They have quickness, a ton of height, they shoot the three very well, have an outstanding coach (Coach Hunter has made the Panthers an elite mid-major program–how many 20+ win seasons have they had the last few years?) play a good zone defense and already have wins over Georgia and Alabama.

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UT-Arlington Wins 3rd Game of the Season

Just a few quick observations from Sunday afternoon’s basketball game between UT-Arlington (3-1) vs. UC Davis (1-4):

  • Final score: UTA 68, UC Davis 59
  • Another balanced offensive attack with four players in double digits in scoring: Brian Warren 18 points, Radshad Davis 12, DJ Bryant 11, Edrick Dennis 11
  • Great effort for 40:00 from the Mavericks today. Good passes, 8 steals and getting lots of deflections and put a lot of pressure on UC Davis shooters
  • UT Arlington continues to defended the 3-point line very well (UC Davis only 6-23, 26%)

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Islanders Sink Mavs With Strong Interior Play

The UT Arlington Mavericks (2-1) looked like they were going to put the game out of reach early  against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1) Friday night at College Park Center, driving to the paint, hitting outside shots and crashing the boards. They ran the fast break to perfection. UTA lead by 9 at halftime 39-30 in what appeared to be 10-15 point victory in the making. UTA’s junior point guard Brian Warren was hot from outside and had 19 in the first half (26 on the night). Continue reading

UT Arlington Improves to 2-0 with Big Win Over Northern Iowa

ut-arlington-uni-free-throwUTA, who looked impressive Tuesday night against a NAIA opponent, used a hot-shooting second half and a strong team defensive effort to defeat mid-major power University of Northern Iowa in front of a vocal College Park Center Homecoming Night crowd of 3,789.

An elite mid-major basketball program in recent years, Northern Iowa has been in the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last 15 years, and defeated top seed Kansas in 2010. UNI–who defeated UTA in Cedar Falls in the first game of a good home-and-home series–has had back-to-back seasons under. 500 and came to Arlington Saturday night with a young, talented, tall team featuring superstar guard A.J. Green, a four-star recruit ranked in ESPN’s top 100. Continue reading