UT Arlington Mavericks Earn 2nd Seed with Another Convincing Win Over Rival Texas State

UTA vs Texas StateUT Arlington 81
Texas State 73
The two Sun Belt basketball contests against Texas State every year rarely disappoint, and this year has been no different.

UT-Arlington (16-15, 12-6 Sun Belt) won a double-overtime game in San Marcos a couple of weeks ago. The Mavericks,  playing on their home floor this afternoon, led wire-to-wire and defeated a very, good Bobcat team (23-8, 12-6 Sun Belt) in convincing fashion 81-73 for the second win against Texas State this season. The College Park Center had a great playoff-like atmosphere today, with probably 20-30% of the 2,702 fans in attendance cheering on the visiting team. A lot like when North Texas comes to town.

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Weber State Game Cancelled, Misc. Stuff

Per utamavs.com:
“Saturday night’s UTA-Weber State game has been canceled with a rescheduled date to be determined” Continue reading

UT, North Texas, Recruiting, RMU

Just a quick update on things of interest to folks who are interested in this blog…

Undefeated Texas played two games this week in Kansas City, and went 1-1.
Defeated DePaul 77-59
Lost to BYU 86-82
Story at Daily Texan

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Arkansas Little Rock Schedule Released

As we’ve been looking at Sun Belt basketball schedules lately, we’ve seen some teams that will play several guarantee games on the road against schools we often hear about a lot in late March and April. Arkansas Little Rock might be playing the toughest non-conference schedule I’ve seen so far… Continue reading

Mid-Month Update

Been about two weeks since I last posted…been busy with work and other stuff, but rest assured once the season starts, I’ll be posting recaps of just about every home game from my view in section 104.

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Sun Belt Hoops Arena Preview: UA-LR

Enough with concert reviews, although I did score tickets to see The Eagles in October. Another band I’ve always been a casual-at-best fan of, but a family member wanted to see them, so I said sure I’d go too.

But back to basketball:

To me, it’s always interesting to learn about other team’s gyms so before the season starts…so we’ll start with UA-LR.

Jack Stephens Center was built about 10 years ago, seats about 5600. One level of seats all the way around, scoreboards on the ends, a nice practice gym as well. Maybe it’s just me…but does the front entry remind anyone else of College Park Center at all?

The Trojans averaged 3,222 fans per game and had a 17-15 overall record, 11-9 SBC (including a 72-65 home win over Tulsa).

Athletics website:

Article on StadiumJourney:

UTA Faces Another Longtime Rival

Remember last year at CPC…the opening game, the excitment…6000+ fans for a critical Southland matchup between two of the league’s top teams. CPC was really rockin’. A thrilling 1-point win. What a night.

Not sure tomorrow’s game will live up to last year’s contest, but we have a good chance at a win. Mavs have won 3 out their last 4 games and 5 of 8.

UTSA (5-17) is only 1-11 in the WAC…their only win a 78-75 victory at Seattle (7-15, 2-10 WAC).  We won in San Antonio a month ago, 75-67.

UTSA features the WAC’s leading scorer, Kannon Burrage at 17.8PPG

Looking at some other numbers:

This season, UTSA averages about 65ppg vs. UTA’s 61, but on defense allows 73 a game while UTA only allows 60.

The really interesting statistic (to me anyway):
FG % defense…
UTA: 36% (1st in WAC by 3% — NMSU is 2nd at 39%),
UTSA: 48% (last in WAC, Texas State was 10th out of 11 WAC teams at 46%).

Anything can happen, but hopefully our Mavs can keep the momentum going. Go Mavs!

The Difference A Year Can Make: Not Much, Really (Texas State game report)

IMG_3246_croppedOn Feb. 11 of last year Texas State visited a brand-new College Park Center, shot 29%FG and lost 73-53. A year later (ok…almost, it’s the 7th of February) the Bobcats visit Arlington again, shoot 22% and lose 75-50. So my prediction of UTA 71, Texas State 58 wasn’t that far off.

The UTA defense was strong tonight, not giving TSU many open looks and forcing a lot of turnovers. The Mavs contested everything the Bobcats hoisted up and for a team that likes to play fast, TSU was deep into the shot clock (:05-:10 left) before getting anything to hit the rim on a lot of their possessions.

UTA didn’t handle the ball great (TO: 23TSU, 22UTA) but many of those were later in the game for UTA. I think TSU had like 12TO with about 7:00 left in the first half. But what really helped the home team was that the 3s were falling for UTA tonight, 9-18 from outside. TSU was held to only 3-25 (12%).

The fast-paced game that usually occurs between these two teams didn’t really take shape until the second half. UTA got hot on a 14-5 run early in the second half with several nice possessions in a row and then the fouls starting piling up for both teams (49 free throw attempts in the second half (26TSU, 23UTA) compared to 11 combined for both teams in the first half). UTA gradually pulled away and won by 25.

IMG_3238_400wDr. Spaniolo was honored before the game, which was really nice since he’s probably the most responsible for the fine arena we get to enjoy hoops in. Also making an appearance tonight was the mid-range jumpshot, which came very naturally and often in the flow of the offense for UTA. Shaq, Drew and a few others knocking down several quick contested jumpers 10-18 feet out, a shot that’s had trouble falling this year at times.

Seems like this team is starting to gel and finding its offense again, and if we can get hot the final month of the season, could be interesting to see how the WAC tournament goes…

Overall, a good night for the Mavs. Next up: UTSA saturday.