UT Arlington’s Summer Signings Solidify Center and Guard Positions

 

I finally renewed my season tickets the other day–so stoked for basketball at College Park Center this season! This is also good time to discuss several recent roster updates heading into the 17-18 season.

The Mavs added three players over the summer: one to help us this year at center, two others to bolster an already very deep back court.

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Mavs Defeat Talented NAIA Opponent

UTA 88, University of St. Francis 67

Nothing really unexpected Monday night. Every team plays one or two of those games a year…a smaller opponent comes to your arena, the home team wins by 20 and gets to work20161121_201958aon some things offensively, the visitors get to play the biggest opponent they’ll likely face all year.

Like I said, nothing really unexpected but still fun basketball to watch.

It was a nice confidence builder for the Mavs,
who needed one after losing three halftime leads on the road to good opponents in as many games. The final score was 88-67 but felt much closer for most of the game.

St. Francis, an NAIA team playing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, has some really good players that could play at the mid-major level. And they played a solid game and showed poise breaking through the

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Mavs Unstoppable in Nationally Televised Game; Coach Cross Gets 150th Victory

UTAfireworks20131115_214857HUGE WIN!!!!
UTA 84, at Louisiana-Lafayette 69

The Mavs (13-9, 7-5) got off to a slow start and fell behind ULL (13-11, 7-6) early at 18-7 with 13:43 left in the first half. But, they played a very solid next 10 minutes or so to only be down by 4 at halftime (45-41), and then simply dominated the second half, outscoring ULL 43-24 in the second half to beat a good LA-Lafayette team 84-69 in a game televised on ESPN2.

Attacking the paint seemingly every time down the court in the final 20:00, it was a lot of layups and free throws for UTA for much of the second half.  It was fun to watch and a great win. Continue reading

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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Mavs Hound Huskies with Outside Shooting

There’s already a couple of really good accounts written about this game by others, so I’ll keep my report short. Overall, a fun night at Collge Park Center. Mavs win 87-69.

Here’s a nice rebound and a putback:

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Two More Players to Mavs?

The spring signing period is underway and it’s always interesting to see where players sign or transfer to new programs.

As I said in a recent previous post (with updates in red):

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Louisiana-Lafayette 92, UTA 89

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On a night where a grainy, blowing snow fell much of the day and by sunset an inch or two of snow covered the northern half of the DFW metroplex (183 northward) and the temps were in the mid to low 20s… Continue reading