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With its sparkling 6-1 start to the season, the UTA men's basketball program remains right at the top of the list of the most successful Division I programs in the state of Texas.

UTA has put together an impressive 57-21 record over the last three seasons, the second-highest win total (57) and winning percentage (.731) among Division I programs in the state.

The Mavericks are one of three among the 23 Division I programs in Texas to have won at least 24 games in each of the last two seasons and UTA's six wins so far this year is the second-highest total in the state.

For the second straight week, the UTA men's basketball program has received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today national polls.   Prior to last week, the Mavericks received recognition just twice in the national AP poll - according to collegepollarchive.com.  UTA received 7 votes in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll, placing the Mavericks in a tie for 40th.

UTA enters tonight's game against UT Dallas with a 4-1 overall record and is coming off a championship title at the Niagara division of the Barclays Center Classic.  The Mavericks opened the season with a home win over Loyola Marymount, then posted an impressive road victory at BYU.  Last week, UTA dropped a heartbreaking 77-76 decision at 25th ranked Alabama before rebounding with wins over Western Carolina and Niagara.

Discount tickets are available for tonight's game for just $2 by using promo code CYBER on UTATickets.com.

The UTA men's basketball team returns to action tonight in the final game of a 4-game road swing when it faces host Niagara at 6 p.m. (CST) in the Gallagher Center in Lewiston, N.Y.  The Mavericks improved to 3-1 on the season with an energetic 89-65 neutral site victory over Western Carolina last night.  Niagara is 2-3 after knocking off Alabama A&M 96-74 in its first home game of the season last night.

The game will not be televised, but a live video stream will be available for a subscription fee by clicking here.  Other live coverage options include listening to Josh Sours provide an audio description of the game live throughout the D-FW area on KEXB 620 AM or online via TuneIn.com or its popular TuneIn app.  Live statistics are also available by clicking here.

For a one-stop page to obtain live links, click here.

Click here for updated UTA press notes.

We hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and we would like to invite you to come enjoy Mavs basketball this weekend. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, we have great deals for you to enjoy our Mavs in action.


WBB - Friday vs. Fresno State (2 p.m.): Black Friday

- Tickets on sale for $2 at Box Office and online with promo code

Use promo code FRIDAY on UTATickets.com


MBB - Monday vs. UT Dallas (7 p.m.): Cyber Monday

- Tickets on sale for $2 at Box Office and online with promo code

Use promo code CYBER on UTATickets.com

MBB - Wednesday vs. Rice (7 p.m.): First Responders Appreciation Night

- Offering a $5 buy one, get one free ticket deal

- Use promo code FIRST on UTATickets.com

After torching BYU last night with 21 points and 10 assists, his second double double to open the season, Erick Neal received significant praise from the Cougars' head coach Dave Rose after the game.

"A big, big key to that team is their little point guard.  I mean, he's as good as any point guard we've played against. I mean, I'm talking about Jeff Teague and some of these dudes that have come in here. This guy can get to where his team needs him to get and then deliver the ball." - BYU head coach Dave Rose

The NCAA's official website is a great resource for news, statistics and championship information for every Division I sport.  In the last few years they have also become more editorially-focused, generating numerous interesting feature stories and opinion pieces  - especially around the sports of men and women's basketball.

Today, the site posted a story on various "need to know" items for college basketball fans.  Item No. 4 on the list was a highlight for fans to "keep an eye" on the UTA at BYU game this Saturday.


Last weekend, veteran local radio personality Roger Emrich wore the headsets to call the Maverick men's basketball team's season opening victory over Loyola Marymount for the first of 30 ESPN3 men and women's basketball productions from College Park Center.  In preparation for the game, Roger came out to a UTA practice and recorded an interesting podcast with UTA head coach Scott Cross.

Click here to listen

UTA returns to action Saturday in its first road game of the season when it travels to Provo, Utah to face BYU.  The 8:30 p.m. (CST) game will be televised live by BYUtv and streamed on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com) and BYUtv.org.

Following a road game at Alabama and a pair of games in Buffalo, N.Y., the Mavericks return to College Park Center on Monday, Nov. 27 in the first of three straight home games.  For a complete schedule and ticket information, click here.

Thanks to UTA's longstanding, eagle-eye senior administrator John Mocek for pointing out that five of the Maverick men's basketball program's 13 non-conference games are against opponents ranked among the top 100 in today's Sagarin College Basketball Ratings:

Creighton - 33  (road - Dec. 18)
Alabama - 39  (road - Nov. 21)
BYU - 58  (road - Nov. 18)
UNI - 81  (road - Dec. 7)
FGCU - 92  (home - Dec. 9)

UTA is ranked 110 by Sagarin and 114 in today's Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings.

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UTA pitcher Reid Petty is currently participating in a NCAA Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., as part of his involvement in the Sun Belt and UTA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Emily Acrement profiled Petty for UTAMavs.com. 

Saturday's UTA at BYU men's basketball game will be televised live by BYUtv, which is available as a free channel on most cable systems throughout the United States.  The game is also, reportedly, going to be available live via ESPN3 on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.

To find BYUtv, here are a few options:

Directv: Channel 374
Dish Network: Channel 9403
Charter Spectrum (D-FW Area): Channel 465

BYUtv also offers live HD TV and on-demand programming via its digital platform, which includes apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, and Windows Mobile.

UTA's Student-Athlete Advisory Council is incredibly active in the Arlington and DFW community. Evidence of how much the Mavs care was on display on Saturday as members of the SAAC, including the entire softball team and athletes from track and field and tennis, participated as buddies in the Miracle League, an amazing organization that provides handicapped children an opportunity to participate in baseball. In addition, the SAAC had members visit the Cook Children's Hospital on Saturday to brighten some days! 



With volleyball home games coming to end, here is your last chance to see the Mavericks in action this season at the CPC. Also with Homecoming just around the corner, come out to see both the men and women's basketball teams open their regular season starting with Saturday's doubleheader.

VB - Friday vs. ULM (6:30 p.m.): Military Appreciation

- Military members get free admission

- 500 free military ribbon magnets will be given out


MBB/WBB Homecoming 2017 (Doubleheader)

WBB Saturday vs. Incarnate Word (2:30 p.m.)

MBB Saturday vs. Loyola Marymount (7 p.m.)

- Check out the Homecoming schedule at the Official Home of UTA Homecoming

- Bring your ticket stub to the volleyball match on Nov. 12 for free admission

VB - Sunday vs. Louisiana (1 p.m.): Senior Day

- Honoring our senior volleyball players

- Bring your basketball ticket stub from Nov. 11 for free admission


WBB - Monday vs. Oral Roberts (7 p.m.): Beat Hunger

- Donate three cans of food for free admission

- Cans will be collected at the Box Office in exchange for complimentary ticket

Women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich answered questions from the media today as UTA held its annual Media Day at College Park Center

UTA men's coach Scott Cross and women's coach Krista Gerlich conducted press briefings today to preview the upcoming season.  Check out video of Coach Cross' session with local media.

ARLINGTON, Texas - The 2017-18 basketball season is just 10 days away from tipping off and UTA's student publication, The Shorthorn, released its annual preview of the men and women's squads in a special edition release.

Basketball programs elevate conference standing, By Arianna Vedia
After the success of the men's and women's basketball teams last season, UTA was two points away from winning the 2016-17 Bubas Cup despite having a disadvantage in four sports. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Memories of Texas Hall linger for some, By Ian Tuttle
Five years after hosting its final basketball game, Texas Hall is still remembered by people who were there for its quirks. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Men's Basketball Previews: 

Mavericks shoot for chance at Big Dance, By Selby Lopez
In preseason men's basketball power rankings by SB Nation, the Mavericks are projected to earn a second consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular-season title. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Starting duo gear up for final season, By Arianna Vedia
Erick Neal and Kevin Hervey have been branded as one of the best mid-major duos in the country by some college basketball analysts. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Blue is the new black for head coach, By Selby Lopez
On Jan. 21, 2016, the men's basketball team hosted Arkansas State University at College Park Center. Both teams were coming off losses, and the Mavericks were a half game behind the Red Wolves in the standings. Head coach Scott Cross put on his blue blazer - a gift from his parents - and steered the Mavericks to a 91-64 victory. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Mavs build strength through perseverance, by Arianna Vedia
From Sept. 26-30, the men's basketball team conducted its annual five-day military-style preseason boot camp. During those five days, the team fought through adversity to build physical and mental strength. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Maverick score players with grit, talent, By Jayla Jones
New players, new skill sets and new chances. The men's basketball team has acquired eight newcomers for the 2017-18 season. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Women's Basketball Previews:

Team shoots for success after breakout season, By Ian Tuttle
Coming off a 22-win season, the Lady Mavericks are striving for greater heights for the 2017-18 season. The team finished second in the Sun Belt Conference and earned a postseason bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)

Lady Mavs add 7 new players to roster, By Ian Tuttle
With a new season around the corner, the 2017-18 Lady Mavericks will have seven new faces at College Park Center, featuring four transfer students and three freshmen. (Read more at TheShorthorn.com)


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