Mavs Make 15 3s in 27-Pt. Win Over Arkansas State

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14-3 overall, 5-1 in conference. What a season so far!

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Mavs Now 12-7 after Road Trip Sweep

UTAfireworks20131115_214857UTA Mavs have played well the last two weeks. Let’s look at how they’ve done and check out the conference standings.

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.

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Complete Game Victory

UTA 77, Arkansas State 50
UTAfireworks20131115_21485740 minutes of textbook basketball. That’s the best way to describe tonight’s performance offensively and defensively.

The Mavs (now 9-6 overall, 3-2 conference) came into the game having lost two in a row, the Arkansas State Red Wolves (now 6-8, 1-4) with a three game losing streak. After the UL-M heartbreaker that saw the Mavs get out to a big lead and lose in overtime thursday night, a win tonight was very much needed. And they got it in a dominating performance from start to finish on both ends of the floor.

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Final Game Tonight Before Conference Tournament

So here we are, the Mavs playing for a three game winning streak, building some momentum going into the final day of play before the conference tournament. With a big come from behind win over WKU, having to play well to defend a lead against Troy, now a game against a South Alabama on the road…the Mavs are around the .500 mark in conference play, similar to 2007-2008…could this be a repeat of the NCAA tournament year?

At this point in 2007-2008, the Mavs were 18-10, 7-8 going into their final conference game against Texas State, a game which they would lose before defeating Lamar by 6, Sam Houston State by 6 and Nortwestern State by 3 in the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, TX to earn a berth into the NCAA tournament.

UTA won in double overtime thursday night…
http://www.troymessenger.com/2014/03/06/put-on-hold/

Game preview at USAJaguars.com:
http://www.usajaguars.com/news/2014/3/7/MBB_0307144520.aspx

A good article about USA’s star senior center Augustine Rubit’s final game at AL.com:
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/03/rubit_deserves_proper_sendoff.html#incart_river

Sun Belt standings as of Saturday morning, March 8:

Team Conference Season
Georgia St. 16-1 23-7
Western Kentucky 12-5 20-10
LA-Lafayette 10-7 19-11
Arkansas St. 10-7 18-11
UALR 9-8 14-15
UTA 9-8 14-15
UL Monroe 6-11 9-16
Troy 5-12 10-19
South Alabama 4-13 10-20
Texas St. 4-13 8-22

Tonight’s games:
WKU at Georgia State
LA.-Lafayette at Ark. State
LA.-Monroe at UALR
UTA at South Alabama
Texas State at Troy

The top 8 teams make into the conference tournament.
http://www.sunbeltsports.org/custompages/champs/basketball/2014/14MBBChampCentral.html?path=mbball&

The way the tournament bracket is set up, the No. 3 and 4 get one bye, the No. 1 and 2 seeds get two byes…

Round 1:
5 vs. 8
6. vs. 7

Round 2
(5 vs. 8 winner) vs. 4…winner of this game plays No. 1 to determine one of two final game contestants
(6 vs. 7 winner) vs. 3…winner of this game plays No. 2 to determine one of two final game contestants

Mavs Split Weekend, Beating Teams We Statistically Should Beat

Not a bad weekend. Two games in Arkansas, a loss and a win. 1-1 on the road trip with two of the biggest home games in recent memory coming up thursday (Georgia State) and Saturday (Western Kentucky).
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UTA 66, ASU 82

CPC400x300Sorry about the late post…didn’t feel like blogging much after thursday’s game. Not a good game by the Mavs.The official website has a video with some postgame comments from Coach Cross. He didn’t seem happy.

Sad to say but, that might have been one of the worst overall halves (15 minutes actually, I left with about 5:00 left in the game) I’ve seen in a long time. Wow.

Give ASU credit…they got hot from outside but something seeemed different overall in the second half for UTA on both ends of the floor. It was very reminiscent of the Boise State game last year in Arlington.
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