The Georgia State Panthers, coached by the great Ron Hunter, executed their successful game plan of strong defense and making a lot of shots from long range to defeat the UT-Arlington Mavericks 73-64 in the Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Championship Game in New Orleans.
UTA lead early, but about halfway through the first half into the second half, UTA went like 14 or 15 minutes I think without making a field goal, missing 23 consecutive attempts. If the Mavs make even 25% of those (let’s say 5 or 6, even without a 3-pointer or and-one), there’s another 10-12 points for the Mavs and we probably have a very good chance win the game.
Hopefully we’ll get a Sunday afternoon rematch with the Panthers in March of 2020.
Thanks so much for reading my blog this season and I’ll be posting occasionally during the off-season as we learn about games on next year’s schedule and any other UTA-related news that might be interesting.
So in wrapping up this season, I thought this tweet summed up 2018-2019 very well–so much better than I could have.
What a great job first-year UT Arlington men’s basketball coach Chris Ogden has done. Replaced a popular coach. A roster of players that hadn’t played together before for the most part. One of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules. After a 4-11 start, team went on a 12-4 run to finish the season at 16-15. Continue reading
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 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
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.