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UTA posts a top 20 combined hoops program

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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.

Combined the two programs went 49-18 for a .731 winning percentage, which tied as the 18th best combined percentage in the country and the second best among Division I programs in the state of Texas.  Nearly 350 institutions nationwide sponsor Division I men and women's basketball programs.

Gonzaga led the nation in combined winning percentage, with its two programs putting together a 63-9 overall record for a .875 mark.  The Bulldogs advanced both of its teams to the NCAA Tournament with the men losing in the title game to North Carolina.

Baylor finished second and led programs in the state of Texas, winning .833 percent of its games.  UTA tied with Creighton and Saint Mary's (CA) in the listings.

Other Texas schools among the top 50 included:  SMU (25th), Texas Southern (36th) and Rice (44th).

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