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I live in Texas, love college basketball and write ads for a living. I also have a dog. I'm learning how to cook. I blog about the dog and basketball. My cooking isn't good enough to blog about yet.

UT Arlington Hoops Catch-Up Because I Haven’t Blogged in a Few Weeks and The Mavericks Won a Huge Game in the NIT

Playing catch-up since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged…

First, did you catch the excellent write-up by Sam Vecenie in the Sporting News about the Mavs? If not, quit reading my boring post and go read this. It’s really good. The definitive piece that really paints a picture of this season.

So let’s get back to the last few weeks…the Mavs finished conference play in a strong fashion, winning a eight in a row. Those wins included one of the most memorable come-from-behind wins in recent memory, Continue reading

Mavs Defeat Little Rock, Take Sole Possession of 1st

award_ribbon_blue_1st_tThe Mavs continue to defend their home court, remaining undefeated at College Park Center this season and have been rewarded with sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt, now with a record of 19-6 and 9-3 league play.

How’d we get here? The 3-0 homestand started a week ago saturday on 2/4 in front a big afternoon crowd of 3483 (lower bowl mostly full, folks sitting in the upper level too). They were treated to an entertaining game against a much improved Texas State team that resulted in a 76-61 victory. Continue reading

UTA Weekend Wrap-Up: Home Court Defended Well

The UT Arlington Mavs are now 15-5 overall and 5-2 in conference. This weekend’s action showed how good UTA can be on defense, and how unstoppable the offense usually is. If you can win your home games and split the road contests, good things usually happen. The Mavs have won all their home conference games so far, and won 1 of 3 on the road.

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Defense that held LA-Monroe to only 55 points

Saturday: UTA 71, UL-Monroe 55
Saturday’s opponent was a UL-Monroe team that is having a bit of a down year, with only six wins going into saturday’s contest. The Warhawks committed a few turnovers and missed some shots to start the game, but the threes weren’t falling for the Mavs and the first 20:00 was a pretty even contest, the Mavs going into halftime halftime only up by two at 33-31.
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OK, We’re 3-2. What’s Everyone Else?

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The Mavs seemed to re-find their groove during a tough game at South Alabama monday. The ball was moving, the defense was locked in, Hervey was making scoring look easy and the boards were being crashed hard. One of these nights, the three-point shot will be there too (like a 9-16 or 11 of 19 performance or something). With such a balanced conference, I’ve got to think 13 conference wins probably gets you in the top spot. Coastal Carolina’s only loss is to UTA, and Georgia Southern has yet to lose. This is gonna be fun to see how the the rest of the season plays out.

So after a couple of weekends of action where it seems anyone can win on any given night, it’s a good time to look at the standings:

 

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Mavs Now 3-2 in Conference After Big Win on National TV at South Alabama

UTA (13-5, 3-2) 89, South Alabama (9-9, 2-3) 83 

Scoreboard at End of Court

After two tough losses on the road to hot-shooting Texas State and Troy, the Mavs picked up a badly needed win on the road. Kevin Hervey didn’t play at Troy saturday but came off the bench today to play 27 minutes and scoring 23. Nationally televised on ESPN 2, this was a very entertaining, uptempo contest with both teams getting up and down the floor and putting up a ton of points. Rarely was the shot clock much of a factor! After being down 43-40 at half, UTA went on a 16-0 run to take a 73-59 lead. Frustrating UTA with an effective press and slowing the game down a bit, South Alabama was able to get within 6 in the closing minutes, but the Mavs held on to win. Continue reading

The Start of 2017

As we go into tomorrow’s big matchup against rival Texas State, it’s a great time to take a second and see where we’re at so far this season. 2016-2017 is looking to a be a pretty incredible. The big wins vs. Texas and St. Mary’s, an 11-game winning streak, 12 wins overall. Star forward Kevin Hervey is back to nearly 100% from his injury–scoring at will and absolutely dominating on the glass every game. Off to a good start so far in conference play, beginning with a game against a good Coastal Carolina team that played UTA to a tie at half (the first time UTA hasn’t lead going into halftime all season). Continue reading