Athletics News

From Jim's Desk...Basketball is here!

UTA athletic director Jim Baker.
Nov. 13, 2014

From Jim's Desk,

Can you believe it's basketball season already? Yes, your Mavericks and Lady Mavericks are ready to hit the hardwood for Year 2 in the Sun Belt Conference. The action tips off Friday at College Park Center with the Lady Mavs playing host to Missouri Valley College at 5 p.m. and the Mavericks visiting Bradley for a 7 p.m. start.

Big things are happening for both the men's and women's teams, and we want you to be a part of all the excitement brewing around both programs. Lady Mavs Coach Krista Gerlich is building a championship foundation starting with a recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt. You're going to see an exciting brand of basketball at CPC.

The men were picked to finish fourth in what promises to be another challenging Sun Belt season. Coach Scott Cross has blended in veterans who understand his system, with talented newcomers ready to elevate the team to the next level. The nonconference schedule includes road games at No. 1 Kentucky and No. 10 Texas. UTA opens the home schedule at College Park Center against Buffalo on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Homecoming is Nov. 22 against Houston Baptist.

Plenty of ticket options are available for basketball, which includes 10 men's and women's doubleheaders during Sun Belt play. Premium Season tickets start at $300 per seat and include membership to the Maverick Club. Non-premium season tickets begin at just $75. A Faculty/Staff All Sports Pass is only $99. Blaze's Kids Club is available to children 12 years old and younger. Single game tickets start at $7 for the general public and $3 for UT Arlington students. For more info about purchasing any of these options, visit UTATickets.com or contact the College Park Center Box Office at (817) 272-9595. 

While we want everyone inside CPC for basketball, if you can't make it to the arena you can watch us online. All home games are video streamed at utamavs.com/collegesportslive. Subscriptions are available for $9.95 per month and $99.95 per year. Men's games are on the radio once again on KKGM (1630 AM) and sister station KHVN (970 AM). Josh Sours, a graduate of UTA's broadcast program, is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of Maverick Sports Properties.

Just as basketball is beginning, our volleyball team continues to peak. The last home match of the season is Senior Day on Sunday at noon. Senior Day is part of a unique afternoon at College Park Center, as the Lady Mavericks basketball team plays Houston Baptist at 3 p.m. Tickets for volleyball get you into basketball. Come on out Sunday to support our ladies.

Volleyball support at CPC this season has been amazing. Our fans have turned our wonderful facility into a true homecourt advantage for Coach Diane Seymour and our student-athletes. I hope you've noticed our team near the top of the Sun Belt standings all season. They're primed to make a run at the conference title in Sun Marcos during the Sun Belt Championship tournament later this month.

The volleyball program also deserves special recognition for raising $5,191.22 for the Side-Out Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, surpassing their goal of $3,000. All of our programs here at UTA make a significant impact in the community. We tell those stories here at UTAMavs.com and through our social media channels, such Facebook. Like us UT Arlington Athletics and follow us on Twitter at UTAMavs.

Congrats to our women's cross country team for winning its first league title since 2001 and the program's fifth ever at the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championship. Coach John Sauerhage picked up another Coach of the Year award. I don't think he has any room left in his office for another pair of trophies. Our regionally-ranked men's and women's cross country teams venture to Fayetteville, Ark., to take part in the 2014 NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday. We'll keep you posted.

#iBleedBlue,

Jim Baker

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