It’ll be a big rivalry game tonight at the College Park Center between the offensively-challenged Mavs and the high-scoring Texas State University Bobcats. These games are always fun because TSU likes to play uptempo, and the Mavs can play fast but since they make teams work so hard for shots (Mavs are in the top 10 in the country in FG% defense), UTA sometimes tends to slow down this season. But generally, these games tend to be high scoring.
Mavs easily beat Texas State earlier this season in San Marcos and tonight should be no different. This hasn’t been a great UTA team at home (2-6), but even a 35-40% night from the field should be enough for a win. If the Mavs can take care of the ball, maybe get some threes to fall, it should be a nice 10-15pt. win for UTA.
Hopefully a big crowd will show up…the building is electric with 4000+ in the building (6100 or so for OU and it was LOUD), but CPC hasn’t been a huge home-court advantage with the usual crowds of 1200-1500 for most of the games this season.
Records: UTA 10-9, 5-5 vs. Texas State 7-16, 3-8
Prediction: UTA 71, Texas State 58