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Following the Roadrunners' narrow victory over UTA in the quarterfinals of the NIT Wednesday night in College Park Center, CSU Bakersfield head coach Rod Barnes had some very complimentary words for Mavericks head coach Scott Cross and the UTA administration.

Here is a transcript of his comments about the UTA program from his postgame press conference:

After knocking off Akron 85-69 then watching CSU Bakersfield upset Colorado State 81-63 in Fort Collins, the UTA men's basketball team will host the Roadrunners Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).  The 8 p.m. tipoff in College Park Center will be televised live on ESPNU.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. at the College Park Center Box Office, online at UTATickets.com or by calling (817) 272-9595.  Season ticket holders should purchase their seats prior to 10 a.m. Wednesday to ensure priority to receive their seat locations.  Students with a valid 2016-17 all-sports pass will be provided free entry.  All other student tickets will be available for $5.

Floor seats are available for $25, while sections 102 and 109 are priced at $12.  All other seat locations are $10 each.

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Tickets to Monday's historic National Invitation Tournament matchup in College Park Center featuring UTA and the University of Akron go on sale this morning (Thursday) at 10 a.m. through UTATickets.com or by calling the UTA Box Office at (817) 272-9595.  Prices range from $10- $25.  Season ticket holders will have the first option to purchase their existing seat location.

Information regarding student tickets will be released later today.

Monday's game marks the first-ever NIT game played at College Park Center and only the second time UTA has hosted a postseason contest.  The Sun Belt regular season champion Mavericks earned an automatic invitation into the NIT and won its first round game 105-89 last night in Provo, Utah.

Per a release from the NCAA, the start time for five first round NIT games has been changed, including Wednesday's UTA at BYU contest in Provo, Utah.  Below is the official notification from the NCAA's PR staff:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The start time and broadcast networks for five NIT first-round games have been changed. The games affected and the new times and networks are listed below. Note: All times are listed in Central time.

  • Valparaiso at Illinois, Tuesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. on ESPN
  • Ole Miss at Monmouth, Tuesday, March 14, at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN2
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro at Syracuse, Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2
  • South Dakota at Iowa, Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
  • UT Arlington at BYU, Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. on ESPN2

Catch the UTA men's golf team in one of its rare local tournaments when it plays in the Bob Sitton Invitational at TPC Four Seasons.

The Mavericks are scheduled to start off the first tee beginning at 11:30 a.m. today with Wednesday and Thursday times determined by order of finish.

Live BirdieFire online scores are available by clicking here.

Proud UTA athletics partner Grease Monkey in Downtown Arlington will conduct a special UTA Mavericks game-viewing Wednesday when the men's basketball team plays at BYU in the first round of the NIT.

The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. (CDT)  tipoff on ESPN2 with Eric Rothman and Corey Williams calling the action.  In addition, the game will be streamed online via WatchESPN.com and the popular WatchESPN app for subscribers of most cable systems.

With an automatic serve berth into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) assured due to winning the Sun Belt Conference regular season title, the UTA men's basketball team will find out its exact postseason fate tomorrow during the NIT Selection Show that begins at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPNU.

The show will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.com and via the WatchESPN app for subscribers to most cable systems.

During the UTA men's basketball team's December trip to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount, the Mavericks were joined by The Sporting News basketball writer Sam Vecenie for an inside look at the program.  Vecenie met the team at its hotel early in the morning and spent the day embedded into the program:  Meals, meetings, film sessions, in the locker room, huddles, etc.  He even joined the Mavs during their postgame meal at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Inglewood.

Today, The Sporting News published Sam's first-person account of that trip that gives an excellent description of the  championship program head coach Scott Cross has developed in Arlington.

Eighth-seeded Coastal Carolina defeated No. 9 South Alabama 80-67 in today's first round game of the Sun Belt Championships in New Orleans.  Top-seeded UTA will face the Chanticleers in Friday's first quarterfinal game at 11:30 a.m. in Lakefront Arena.  The game will be streamed live by ESPN3.

UTA split its two games against CCU this season, winning 90-69 on Dec. 31 in College Park Center and dropping a 72-70 decision on Jan. 30 in Conway, S.C.  Following the loss, the Mavericks went on a 8-game win streak, before dropping another 2-point road decision - 83-81 at Louisiana last weekend.

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The UTA men's basketball team received a thoughtful surprise this morning when elementary students from nearby Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School delivered handmade good luck cards as the Mavericks prepare to head to New Orleans, La. for the Sun Belt Championships.

Saint Maria Goretti

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