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 workon 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
14-3 overall, 5-1 in conference. What a season so far!
UTA 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.
So… Continue reading
UTA 77, Arkansas State 50
40 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.
UTA’s (4-4) 63-56 win over a good Weber State team (WSU at 3-4 playing a difficult schedule with wins over Nevada and Oral Roberts this season, losses to UTA, Illinois State, LSU, Utah State) was fun to watch, with no lead really being safe.
After getting off to slow start offensively and being down 8 about 4 minutes into the game 2-10, UTA scored 13 unanswered points to take a 15-10 lead. Continue reading
UTA 68, Buffalo 74
Home-opener jitters? Just a so-so shooting night? Maybe a little of both?
The Mavs (1-1) started off slow and had a tough time getting the offense flowing. A few missed shots, some turnovers…not unusual for an early season game for any college team.
The Bulls (2-1), who led Kentucky by 5 at halftime Sunday afternoon, have a tall team and some good shooters. Getting hot from outside in the second half, the Bulls made 6-11 from outside in the final 20:00 after making only 2-12 in the first half. With the threes falling for Buffalo, the Mavs couldn’t quite make a sustained run to overcome a 31-35 halftime deficit.
Erick Neal was picked by Bleacher Report as Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.
College Park Center
The season starts in about 2 months, and season tickets are on sale. I renewed mine last week…our usual seats, halfway up at the baseline.
More info at UTA Athletics