Jan. 8, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - To even its record in Southland Conference play, the UT Arlington men's basketball team will have to defeat one of the Southland Conference's hottest teams - and the Mavericks will have to do it on the road.
The final leg of a two-game road trip ends Thursday night in Conway, Ark., when UT Arlington takes on Central Arkansas. Tipoff at the 5,500-seat Farris Center is at 7 p.m. The Bears (10-4) enter the contest having won all seven of their games at home.
The Mavericks (10-3) are coming off a loss on the road Saturday night against Northwestern State.
"I think our players and coaches recognize that we didn't play hard enough to win last time out, and in order to win in this league - especially in the road - you have to play hard every possession," UTA second-year coach Scott Cross said. "I think our guys have prepared well for this game. We'll be ready to compete against a very good basketball team."
The Mavericks will have to contend with a solid inside/outside game that features big men Brian Marks and Durrell Nevels. A 6-9 senior, Nevels has been a shot-blocking force for the Bears, while Marks has contributed this season with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Two guards - Nate Bowie and Marcus Pillow - have combined to go 69-for-188 from the 3-point line for an impressive 36.7 percent.
Guignard is coming off a 23-point performance against Northwestern State, while Epps has 45 assists to just 29 turnovers.
After this weekend's game against Central Arkansas, the Mavericks return home for three Southland Conference games beginning Jan. 17 at home against Nicholls State.
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