Last time I posted…two weeks ago, the Mavs had just demolished Arkansas State by 27 points in Arlington to put their record at 9-6 overall, 3-2 in conference play with tough games coming up at Georgia State, at home vs. Texas State and back on the road at then-conference leader UL-Monroe and always tough-at-home UALR.
The Mavs had a 26-turnover game at Georgia State on Thursday the 15th and lost by 21, but then won a close game against Texas State, whose slow-down-the-game offense and good defense can present problems for the Mavs who tend to play well in an uptempo game. The Mavs then traveled to UL-M and lead by 14 at half, eventually winning by 4 in Monroe. Last night, the Mavs were down by 11, only to outscore UALR 47-29 in the second half to win 75-68.
What does all this mean? As I said earlier, the Mavs were 9-6, 3-2 two weeks ago. But after winning 3 out of 4…the Mavs have a 12-7, 6-3 record. It’s a team winning close games. Hanging on to leads when opponents make a run. Making clutch shots to shift a game’s momentum. The kinds of things that prove invaluable at conference tournament time.
|Team||Conference||Season||UTA vs. Opp.|
|Georgia Southern||6-2||13-4||UTA won at home|
|Georgia State||6-3||13-7||UTA lost on road|
|LA-Lafayette||5-4||11-9||UTA has not played yet|
|Appalachian St.||5-4||8-10||UTA has not played yet|
|South Alabama||4-5||6-14||UTA won at home|
|Texas State||4-6||10-9||UTA won at home|
|Ark. State||4-6||9-10||UTA won at home|
|Troy||2-7||7-11||UTA lost on road|
|Ark.-Little Rock||2-7||7-12||UTA won on road|
Next up: home games thursday vs. Georgia State 13-7, 6-3 and saturday vs. Troy 7-11, 2-7. A split would give the Mavs a 13-8, 7-4 record and a sweep would make them 14-7, 8-3.