MBB: Mavs host Boise State at College Park Center
Jan. 1, 2013
UT Arlington (6-4) vs. Boise State (10-2)
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington takes a quick break from Western Athletic Conference play Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Boise State at College Park Center. It's the third in a stretch of four consecutive games at CPC, with three being conference games.
The Mavericks return to WAC competition Saturday against Louisiana Tech. UT Arlington is 6-4 overall and 2-2 at home.
Wednesday marks the second ever meeting between the UT Arlington and the Broncos. Boise State won the previous clash 71-64 on Dec. 20, 1985, in Boise. UT Arlington coach Scott Cross has never faced BSU.
"We just have to prepare for them like we did versus New Mexico State and Denver," Cross said. "Denver came in here with a chip on their shoulder. Our guys didn't play with a chip on their shoulder and we were tentative. The guys have to know their roles and what they are capable to do."
The Mavericks are 26-8 in their last 34 games dating back to last season and 6-2 all-time at CPC. UT Arlington's four losses this season are to WAC member Denver, and Big 12 teams Oklahoma, Texas and No. 24 Oklahoma State.
The Mavericks are coming off a 50-35 WAC loss to Denver. UTA shot just 28 percent and were led by senior swingman Karol Gruszecki's eight points.
Cross is counting on an overall better effort against the Broncos.
"The guys that can make plays need to make plays and the guys that shoot need to shoot it," he said. "Our post guys have to do a better job in sealing in the inside. Guys are doing stuff that they shouldn't be doing. We are getting behind and our guys panic."
UTA is one of the nation's stingiest defensive units. The Mavs are fourth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage. UTA has held seven of nine opponents to less than 40-percent shooting: CSU Bakersfield (26.6%), Oklahoma (32.8%), Samford (37.3%), North Texas (31.0%), UTPA (32.7%), HBU (30.9%), New Mexico State (33.3%) and Denver (37.8%).
UTA-Boise State is on 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Russell Scott and Doug Anderson call the action. Gametracker is available via utamavs.com.