UT Arlington Hoops Catch-Up Because I Haven’t Blogged in a Few Weeks and The Mavericks Won a Huge Game in the NIT

Playing catch-up since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged…

First, did you catch the excellent write-up by Sam Vecenie in the Sporting News about the Mavs? If not, quit reading my boring post and go read this. It’s really good. The definitive piece that really paints a picture of this season.

So let’s get back to the last few weeks…the Mavs finished conference play in a strong fashion, winning a eight in a row. Those wins included one of the most memorable come-from-behind wins in recent memory, Continue reading

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

Hervey Scores 22 in 2nd Half, Mavs (11-2, 2-0) Win By 20

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The Mavs (11-2) have been nearly unbeatable all year, undefeated at home…so give Georgia Southern’s young team credit  (11-of-12 scholarship student-athletes who are freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores), for doing their best to pull off a road upset. The Eagles (4-8) played an impressive first half, making 7 of their first 8 three point attempts and holding a 25-14 lead at one point.

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UTA Drains 11 3’s to Earn 10th Win in 12 Tries

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The story of the Mavs’ dream season has been well documented in the local and nation media…9 wins in 11 non-conference games thus far, victories against Ohio State, Memphis, UTEP, Rice and the OT defeat in Austin. Blowout wins over North Texas, Bradley, Grambling State. Kevin Hervey and Eric Neal averaging 17 points per game and 13 points per game respectively. A roster that is super-deep. Various rankings this season generally in the top 40 nationally. The Mavs lead the nation in rebounding at 44+ a game. Passing and assists that are becoming almost legendary, like something out of a video game.

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Mavs Now 7-2, Beat UTEP (6-2) By 14

The Mavs added another big win with a 76-62 road victory vs. a 6-1 UTEP team, ending a 12-game home winning streak for the Miners dating back to last season. I guess the UTA legend is growing…even the game story headline on the UTEP website talks about the Mavs: “Texas Arlington Posts Another Road Victory AT UTEP”. The El Paso Times game story is a must-read for any Maverick fan.

I’m proud of what our guys did. They stuck together. They did so many things well. I thought UTEP came out and did a great job on the boards. Rebounding was our weakness. It seems like Coach Floyd really had them rebounding well. We had [three] offensive rebounds in the first half, but our guys kept battling and they hit some key shots.
UTA Coach Scott Cross

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Defeat Snatched from the Jaws of Victory

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Going into tuesday night’s game, it looked like a classic basketball matchup: the super-quick guards of UTA vs. a tall and athletic ULM front line. Which would prevail: speed or size?

For the first half, UTA (8-6, 2-2) played nearly perfect defense and drove to the paint at will, finding open gaps around the basket for easy layups. UTA lead by 10 24-14 at one point, and by halftime, ULM (8-5, 2-1) was only shooting 26%, making only 18% of their threes (3-16). A cool Erick Neal underhand layup at the buzzer put the Mavs up 28-20 after 20:00, and it looked like the Mavs were on their way to a big win at home. Continue reading

So Many Ways to Score

UTAfireworks20131115_214857Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015, where the Mavs have won 5 in a row, are now 2-0 in conference and 8-4 overall. And with 5 of the first 7 conference games being played at College Park Center, the Mavs have a chance to add a few more wins to that total by the time we get about halfway through conference play.

A big key has been getting off to fast starts in front of the home crowd, then holding on in the second half. But the best part might be is than an offense really shooting the ball well from outside (the Mavs lead the conference in 3 pt. percentage at .374) is also scoring lots of points in the paint too.
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Mavs Drive Jaguars Out of Gym with Balanced Offensive Attack and Defense

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UTA 73, South Alabama 65

The thing I love about college basketball is how some teams come into a game with a better record than the team would indicate by the way they play, but tonight a pretty solid South Alabama team came into College Park Center. Hard to believe they’ve only won 7 games this year. But the Mavs were ready with a good defensive effort, taking care of the ball and some good shooting. Continue reading