Mavs Lose Second in a Row 85-78

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UTA (7-3) 78, Florida Gulf Coast (7-4) 85
An energetic crowd of 2600+ was treated to game that saw one team shoot 54% and make over half it’s threes. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the home team.

Florida Gulf Coast University, known as “Dunk City”, plays a very uptempo game and has several players that can really score. The Eagles pushed the ball up the court in transition all afternoon, drove into the paint into open areas for a lot of short jumpers and layups and earning a lot of trips to the free throw line. They also shot the ball well from outside, going 10-19 from three point range. Continue reading

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6-1 Mavs Hold Rice to 24% FG, Win by 20

UT Arlington (6-1) 69, Rice (2-5) 49
20171129_195721.jpgSince my last post a couple of games ago (although I had a lengthy and somewhat interesting analysis of the BYU win that my browser and/or blog software didn’t publish correctly), the Mavs went to Provo and beat a good-but-not-great BYU team by double-digits, lost by one point to a (in my opinion, anyway) sweet-sixteen Alabama team, defeated two teams in New York on the road and defeated Div. III UT-Dallas at home in a game without Kevin Hervey and Link Kabadyundi.

The Rice Owls entered tonight’s game with an RPI around 280 and a record of 2-4 with wins over Northwestern State and the University of St. Thomas, a NAIA school in Houston. The Owls jumped out to an 8-0 lead on a couple of quick threes but UTA went on a run and built a 15-8 lead and never looked back. Continue reading

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

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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Early Test Passed

UTAfireworks20131115_214857We’re back! Welcome to the RustyMaverick.com – 2016/2017 edition.

This season started with a great game at home.

Texas Southern, a team many are predicting to win the SWAC, gave UTA a good challenge but just couldn’t keep up with UTA’s uptempo offense in the first game of the season before a lower-bowl filling Homecoming crowd of 4,532, the ninth largest basketball crowd in College Park Center history.

Much has been written of UTA’s Continue reading

Mavs Win with Defense, Now 2-3 in Conference

Coach Cross, in a video interview at utamavs.com, seemed happy with the team’s defense. Holding a team under 40% FG usually leads to wins, and the Mavs (7-10, 2-3) went on the road to a familiar foe coached by a familiar coach (he was 216-141 at S. F. Austin) and got a desperately needed win.
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