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

UT Arlington Mavs Earn NCAA-Leading 5th Road Win at Bradley

UTA 56, Bradley 51
In Peoria, Illinois last night it was cold outside (in the 20s with a chance for wintry mix), and the shooting was similarly cold inside. I’m sure noone has used that cliche to describe a basketball game, ever. 

But the UT Arlington Mavs, coming off the big win at then-#12 St. Mary’s after defeating Texas and North Texas, were victorious in a game in which both defenses played well, and a result both teams shot 33%FG with neither team seeming to find much offensive rhythm. It was their 8th win in a row and their NCAA-leading 5th road win.

UTA started out well, opening the game with a couple of Erick Neal threes to help build a 15-2 lead just seven minutes into the game and looking like this was going to be a relatively Continue reading

UTA Defeats UT Dallas in Final Non-Conference Home Game of Season

 


UTA (7-3) 99, UT-Dallas (1-5) 49

Tonight’s game went about as one would expect: this was a nice chance to keep the offense flowing under game conditions without a lot of pressure; get everyone minutes but not too many; play a very winnable game at home before the biggest test of the season, St. Mary’s on Thursday.

St. Mary’s is ranked #12 in the country and a victory there would be another quality win to go along with the signature win at Texas along with Saturday’s demolishing of our rival North Texas.
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UT Arlington Defeats UT Longhorns. Significant.

UTA (5-3, 1-0 vs. Big 12 in 2016) 72, Texas (3-3) 610

Much will be written about this game. First time beating Texas after several close losses the last few years. Another huge win for Coach Cross. Adding to the momentum and national following the team has gained the last few years. Overcoming a cold-shooting first 8-10 minutes, chipping away at nearly double-digit lead by Texas and building off a 3-point halftime lead. A legendary show of skill by junior forward Kevin Hervey—nearly unstoppable and showing off his immense skills as he backed down Texas defenders with NBA-like post moves and seemingly scoring at will with his springy, fluid jumper and nearly automatic free throws. The no-look pass from Neal in the corner in the second half to set up an open three.

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Mavs Improve to 3-3 in Interesting Matchup of Styles

UTA (3-3) 80, Mount St. Mary’s (1-5) 71

20161123_205519bI’ll admit I was intrigued by this matchup for the last few days. UTA still trying to recapture the offensive flow and smooth ball movement that worked so well for them last year and overcoming the well-documented frequent second-half offensive lulls this season; Mount St. Mary’s plays an very uptempo offense with a trapping, pressing defense. I figured it would be Continue reading

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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