The UTA men's golf team conducted its final practice round prior to tomorrow's Sun Belt Championships today and got its first official look at Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla. The Mavericks tee off at 7:30 a.m. and are paired with golfers from Texas State and Appalachian State. The field will play 36 holes of stroke play tomorrow, followed by 18 on Tuesday. The top four teams advance to Tuesday's match play semifinals.
The UTA men's golf team is in sunny Miramar Beach, Fla. for the annual Sun Belt Conference Championships at Raven Golf Club at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. The tournament starts Sunday with 36 holes of stroke play that concludes Monday with a final round. The top four finishers in the team competition advance to match play, with the semis and finals each taking place on Tuesday.
A few of the golfers hit a nearby course for a quick nine holes upon arrival. Check out this video report of the round, which includes a short feature on the interesting haircuts on seniors Zach Galliford and Josh Radcliff.
UTA Shorthorn sports editor Selby Lopez posted a great article today that highlighted the continued increase in support for Mavericks men and women's basketball in College Park Center.
"We've kind of turned the tide with the College Park Center in terms of making it a great home-court advantage. When you have five to 6,000 people, I think it could be one of the greatest home-court advantages in college basketball." - UTA men's basketball coach Scott Cross.
The Sun Belt Conference announced today that it has entered into a partnership with the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference, and Southeastern Conference for its men's basketball officiating program.
Mark Whitehead, a 32-year veteran of college basketball officiating and a five-time NCAA Final Four official, will take the managing role for the consortium.
"Participation in this consortium will provide Sun Belt Conference men's basketball with a foundation and structure that will improve the overall quality of its officiating," said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. "Under the leadership of Mark Whitehead, I strongly believe this will benefit our coaches and student-athletes and the sport of men's basketball in the Sun Belt."
CollegeInsider.com, a website that provides comprehensive coverage of mid-major Division I college basketball programs ranked UTA 11th in its final national top 25 rankings. The Mavericks, which finished the season with a 27-9 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, were the only team from the Sun Belt Conference listed.
For the complete final poll, click here.
Student-run UTA News has done a great job of covering Mavericks sports throughout the year. Reporters Emily Arcement and Angel Rodriguez recently caught up with a few of the UTA men's basketball seniors to discus a wide range of topics and to reflect on their careers.
With a pair of successful basketball seasons in the books, the UTA men and women's programs concluded the 2017 season as one of the 20 most successful combined programs in the country.
The Maverick men's team finished the year with a 27-9 overall record, its first-ever Sun Belt regular season title and a quarterfinal appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The Lady Mavs went 22-9, finished second in the Sun Belt, put together the second best single season winning percentage in program history and advanced to the WNIT.
UTA men's basketball coach Scott Cross added to his list of honors this season when he was named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. Cross was also a finalist, for the second straight season, for the Skip Prosser Award and earned Sun Belt Coach of the Year and NABC District Coach of the Year honors.
With 10 of the league's 18 sports concluded, UTA has taken a 5-point lead in the 2016-17 Bubas Cup standings, an all-sports competition that determines the most competitively successful athletic program in the Sun Belt Conference.
Following the recent men and women's basketball seasons in which the Mavericks claimed 23 of a possible 24 points, UTA owns a total of 69 points - 5 ahead of second place Texas State. UTA claimed maximum points with championships in men's cross country (10), men's indoor track (8) and men's basketball (12). The Mavericks claimed three titles out of the 9 league sports in which they competed during the fall/winter.
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