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

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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

Learning How to Win

After the Mavs lost a close one to OU and are essentially five points from being undefeated vs. the Big 12 this year, I was looking forward to seeing how the Mavs would respond Continue reading

Congratulations Jordan

Another Mav with an opportunity to play pro ball after UTA? Looks like it.

According to the UTA website, center Jordan Reves has signed with Pro Partner Sports Management. Jordan is UTA’s all-time leader in blocked shots and 2nd in rebounds and was a huge part of the program’s recent success the last few years. He played hard and really developed a nice offensive game and showed good touch on jumpers around the paint. Some of his blocks were spectacular, nearly video-game like at times. I recall lots of oohs and aaahs from the crowd as the instant replay board would show an opponent’s shot getting swatted into the 5th row…

No word on new player signings yet, but as soon as anything is released I’ll post it as soon as I can. If I understand correctly, the spring signing period for hoops is April 17-May 15, 2013.

Mavs Hold 19-Win Utah State to Just 46 Points in Another Defensive Masterpiece

uta61utahstate46The Mavs honored 4 players before the final home game of their careers–Karol Gruszecki, Kevin Butler, Cameron Catlett and Jordan Reves. The crowd gave them all a nice round of applause, and that was only the beginning of what was to be an incredible night for UTA.

Perhaps inspired by the leadership of the four seniors on their special night, or maybe the rowdy crowd of 4800 at College Park Center, or just the fact that this team is just very, very, very good and wins a ton of games with an incredible defense…once again the Mavs played solid basketball for 40:00 and as a result soundly defeated a 19-win opponent. Continue reading

Mavs Fast-Break to Entertaining 81-74 Win Over San Jose State

UTA 81, SJSU 74UTA now 16-10, 10-5 on the season, while San Jose State drops to 9-17, 3-12 in a game in which the shot clock was rarely a factor. A lot of fun to watch.

In a game reminiscent of most recent fast-paced UTA-Texas State contests, this was a classic case of one team shooting a lot of 3s and hoping they can make a lot of them, the other team running a balanced offensive attack. And for the first half, it nearly worked for SJSU. SJSU was an impressive 5-9 from 3 the first half, but a cooler 5-16 the second half for 40% for the game. The game was pretty even for the first 17:00 or so until UTA went on a nice run to make it 39-30 at halftime.

Teams are rarely hot from outside for two halves, and SJSU finally cooled off in the second half. While San Jose outscored UTA by 2 (44 to 42) in the second half, the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. Using little of the shot clock, San Jose took a lot of 3s (totally in the flow of their offense–they were fairly good looks it seemed), but in basketball missed 3s often lead to long rebounds for the other team and fast breaks (18 fast break points vs. 2 for SJSU) and some nice dunks for the UTA. I think UTA even had a 4-on-1 fast break at one point. But turnovers also lead to fast breaks and some nice dunks, which was probably the difference in the game–UTA took good care of the ball tonight (just 7 turnovers vs. 15 for SJSU) which resulted in  22 UTA points off turnovers vs. just 5 for SJSU. Continue reading

Another Win on the Road…UTA 65, Seattle 63

Good teams find ways to win close games, and UTA came back from being down by 10 in the first half to win by 2 at Seattle, a team that had beaten them by 17 at home earlier this season. The Shorthorn had a nice write-up about the game. UTA is now 10-3 away, and 4-6 at home.

With just a few conference games remaining for the Mavs, the WAC standings now look like this:

Louisiana Tech 23-3, 14-0
Denver 17-8, 13-2
New Mexico State 18-9, 12-3
Utah State 18-6, 9-5
UT Arlington 14-9, 9-5
Idaho 9-16, 5-10
San Jose State 9-16, 3-11
Texas State 7-19, 3-11
UTSA 6-19, 2-12
Seattle U 7-18, 2-13

Up next: two non-conference games at home this week:
Wednesday: vs. UT-Pan American, who we beat 60-51 in Edinburg earlier this year and is 13-14 overall and 3-3 in the Great West Conference this season
Saturday: a Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters game vs. UC-Irvine, who is  14-13 with wins over Nevada, USC and Hawaii and 8-6 in the Big West next Saturday.