MBB: Mavs look to snap skid on road
Jan. 8, 2013
UT Arlington (6-6, 1-2) at UTSA (4-10, 0-4)
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington takes its first ever Western Athletic Conference road trip in some familiar territory. The Mavericks are at UTSA on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Texas State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Roadrunners (4-10, 0-4) and Bobcats (4-12, 0-4) are former Southland Conference rivals who are also in their first season in the WAC. UT Arlington is on a season-high three-game losing streak, with two of those losses in league play.
The Mavericks are 6-6 overall, 1-2 in the WAC and 4-2 on the road. UT Arlington is 26-10 in its last 36 games dating back to last season.
UT Arlington and UTSA are hooking up for the 65th time all-time. The Roadrunners lead the series 37-27. UTSA won the last meeting, 97-88, last season in San Antonio on March 12, 2012 to spoil the Mavericks’ bid for a perfect SLC season.
The Mavericks and Texas State are meeting for the 57th time. The Bobcats lead the series 30-26. UTA won both meetings last season and four of the last five.
UT Arlington coach Scott Cross is 6-6 is his career against UTSA and 7-5 against Texas State.
"Now we have to go out on the road and figure out a way to win," Cross said.
UT Arlington is coming off a 55-52 loss Louisiana Tech at College Park Center. The Mavericks were up 43-33 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Sophomore guard Jamel Outler led UT Arlington with 12 points off the bench. Junior forward Brandon Edwards had a game-high 15 rebounds, while junior forward Greg Gainey grabbed eight boards.
The Bulldogs won despite being held to 28.4-percent shooting. The Mavericks shot 33.3 percent and committed 23 turnovers. UT Arlington concluded its four-game homestand at 1-3.
UT Arlington is one of the nation’s stingiest defensive units. The Mavs are third in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 35.2. UTA has held nine of 12 opponents to less than 40% shooting: CSUB (26.6%), Oklahoma (32.8%), Samford (37.3%), North Texas (31.0%), UTPA (32.7%), HBU (30.9%), NMSU (33.3%), Denver (37.8%) and LA Tech (28.4%).
Television coverage for the UTSA game is on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Channel 185). Jason Minnix and Kevin Brock call the action. Radio broadcasts for the UTSA and Texas State games are on 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Russell Scott and Doug Anderson are on the call. Gametracker is available via utamavs.com.