UTA Weekend Wrap-Up: Home Court Defended Well

The UT Arlington Mavs are now 15-5 overall and 5-2 in conference. This weekend’s action showed how good UTA can be on defense, and how unstoppable the offense usually is. If you can win your home games and split the road contests, good things usually happen. The Mavs have won all their home conference games so far, and won 1 of 3 on the road.

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Defense that held LA-Monroe to only 55 points

Saturday: UTA 71, UL-Monroe 55
Saturday’s opponent was a UL-Monroe team that is having a bit of a down year, with only six wins going into saturday’s contest. The Warhawks committed a few turnovers and missed some shots to start the game, but the threes weren’t falling for the Mavs and the first 20:00 was a pretty even contest, the Mavs going into halftime halftime only up by two at 33-31.
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OK, We’re 3-2. What’s Everyone Else?

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The Mavs seemed to re-find their groove during a tough game at South Alabama monday. The ball was moving, the defense was locked in, Hervey was making scoring look easy and the boards were being crashed hard. One of these nights, the three-point shot will be there too (like a 9-16 or 11 of 19 performance or something). With such a balanced conference, I’ve got to think 13 conference wins probably gets you in the top spot. Coastal Carolina’s only loss is to UTA, and Georgia Southern has yet to lose. This is gonna be fun to see how the the rest of the season plays out.

So after a couple of weekends of action where it seems anyone can win on any given night, it’s a good time to look at the standings:

 

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Mavs Now 3-2 in Conference After Big Win on National TV at South Alabama

UTA (13-5, 3-2) 89, South Alabama (9-9, 2-3) 83 

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After two tough losses on the road to hot-shooting Texas State and Troy, the Mavs picked up a badly needed win on the road. Kevin Hervey didn’t play at Troy saturday but came off the bench today to play 27 minutes and scoring 23. Nationally televised on ESPN 2, this was a very entertaining, uptempo contest with both teams getting up and down the floor and putting up a ton of points. Rarely was the shot clock much of a factor! After being down 43-40 at half, UTA went on a 16-0 run to take a 73-59 lead. Frustrating UTA with an effective press and slowing the game down a bit, South Alabama was able to get within 6 in the closing minutes, but the Mavs held on to win. Continue reading

The Start of 2017

As we go into tomorrow’s big matchup against rival Texas State, it’s a great time to take a second and see where we’re at so far this season. 2016-2017 is looking to a be a pretty incredible. The big wins vs. Texas and St. Mary’s, an 11-game winning streak, 12 wins overall. Star forward Kevin Hervey is back to nearly 100% from his injury–scoring at will and absolutely dominating on the glass every game. Off to a good start so far in conference play, beginning with a game against a good Coastal Carolina team that played UTA to a tie at half (the first time UTA hasn’t lead going into halftime all season). Continue reading

Bradley defense tough, but Arlington holds on for 56-51 win

After watching his team give up 80 or more points three games in a row, Bradley coach Brian Wardle came to a realization nine days ago.His young group wasn’t quite ready for the pressuring, gambling defense that Wardle has tried to instill this season.It’s how Wardle built a winner at Green Bay, and it’s how he wants this program to be defined. But not yet.“Our personnel isn’t fitted quite for that (style),” he said. “It takes a lot of mental

Source: Bradley defense tough, but Arlington holds on for 56-51 win

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.

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Reynolds: Bradley facing tough stretch leading up to Valley play

PEORIA — The upcoming run-up to the Missouri Valley Conference season will certainly be challenging for Bradley.Beginning Friday at home (7:05 p.m.), the Braves take on 8-3 Texas-Arlington, which is fresh from a 14-point road win at then 12th-ranked Saint Mary’s. The Mavericks, ranked No. 29 in the RPI, also won at big-brother Texas by 12. UTA was picked to win the Sun Belt Conference this season.Following for the Braves is a tough road swing to Mississippi on Monday and TCU on

Source: Reynolds: Bradley facing tough stretch leading up to Valley play

Mavs Play Solid Defense for 40:00 to Defeat #12 St. Mary’s by 14

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Perhaps building on momentum from convincing wins over Texas and North Texas last week, the Mavs used a solid 40:00 of swarming, collapsing defense and precise execution of Coach Scott Cross’ unguardable pinball-style offensive attack to defeat #12 St. Mary’s 65-51.

It was their seventh win in a row, and their first win over a ranked team in the school’s history and adds to the argument that even if UTA doesn’t win the conference tournament, at least so far this season they’ve proven themselves worthy of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Mavs (8-3) used a 18-3 run in first half to establish a big lead that was 13 at halftime (36-23). UTA got off to another great start for the second half (similar to UT and North Texas games) to add to the lead, up as much as 20 at 11:30 in the second half but the Gaels (7-1 with wins over Stanford and Nevada) would make a run of their own to get as close as 11 but the game never really seemed in doubt in the final 5:00 or so.

This might have been UTA’s best defensive performance in recent memory. The Mavs forced 15 turnovers, leading to 23 points. Despite good ball movement by St. Mary’s, every pass was contested. Most drives to the paint quickly defended by 2 or 3 Mavs. Threes were contested. The Mavs had more rebounds (36-30) and steals (10-4). And this effort was continuous for a full 40 minutes. And any time the Gaels made a couple of baskets and the momentum was about to change, the Mavs had an answer with a three or a quick basket or two of their own and never really let the crowd become a factor. The Gaels were held to just 31% shooting, and 8-27 from outside (30%).

On the other end of the floor, the offense was executed to near perfection, seeming to be a step ahead of the Gael defense most of the night. The Gaels have a tall, athletic team but as we’ve seen many times, UTA used crisp passing to find those better-than-good scoring opportunities for higher-percentage shots. And the 10 steals/15 turnovers lead to easy baskets as well. The Mavs had a great shooting night, going 25-51 for 49%. They also outrebounded 36-30. Kevin Hervey had 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with a three pointer and four free throws and got 7 rebounds; Erick Neal had 13 points and 8 assists; Kaelon Wilson had 10 points on 4-5 shooting.

Up next: at Bradley (4-5) next friday

Game story at UTA Athletics

Game story at St. Mary’s Athletics