The Georgia State Panthers, coached by the great Ron Hunter, executed their successful game plan of strong defense and making a lot of shots from long range to defeat the UT-Arlington Mavericks 73-64 in the Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Championship Game in New Orleans.
UTA lead early, but about halfway through the first half into the second half, UTA went like 14 or 15 minutes I think without making a field goal, missing 23 consecutive attempts. If the Mavs make even 25% of those (let’s say 5 or 6, even without a 3-pointer or and-one), there’s another 10-12 points for the Mavs and we probably have a very good chance win the game.
Hopefully we’ll get a Sunday afternoon rematch with the Panthers in March of 2020.
Thanks so much for reading my blog this season and I’ll be posting occasionally during the off-season as we learn about games on next year’s schedule and any other UTA-related news that might be interesting.
So in wrapping up this season, I thought this tweet summed up 2018-2019 very well–so much better than I could have.
UTA (17-13, winners of 13 of their last 17) slowed down one of the top-scoring offenses in the Sun Belt in the first half, holding a very good 21-win Georgia Southern team to just 20 points in the opening frame. UTA, shooting the 3 well lately, used a familiar tactic–attacking the paint relentlessly and forcing the opponent out of the rhythm on defense.
What a great job first-year UT Arlington men’s basketball coach Chris Ogden has done. Replaced a popular coach. A roster of players that hadn’t played together before for the most part. One of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules. After a 4-11 start, team went on a 12-4 run to finish the season at 16-15. Continue reading
UT Arlington 81
Texas State 73
The two Sun Belt basketball contests against Texas State every year rarely disappoint, and this year has been no different.
UT-Arlington (16-15, 12-6 Sun Belt) won a double-overtime game in San Marcos a couple of weeks ago. The Mavericks, playing on their home floor this afternoon, led wire-to-wire and defeated a very, good Bobcat team (23-8, 12-6 Sun Belt) in convincing fashion 81-73 for the second win against Texas State this season. The College Park Center had a great playoff-like atmosphere today, with probably 20-30% of the 2,702 fans in attendance cheering on the visiting team. A lot like when North Texas comes to town.
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
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 (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
Huge 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.
I was tweeting during the game and will let that tell the story… Continue reading