MBB: Mavs look for road sweep at Texas State
Jan. 11, 2013
UT Arlington (7-6, 2-2) at Texas State (4-13, 0-5)
SAN MARCOS, Texas – UT Arlington finishes up a two-game Western Athletic Conference trip at Texas State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Mavericks opened the roadie against former Southland Conference rivals with Thursday’s 75-67 victory at UTSA.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak before UT Arlington (7-6, 2-2) headed north on I-35 to face the Bobcats (4-13, 0-5). This marks the 57th meeting between the schools. 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 7-5 against Texas State in his career.
"They're a team that's tough to guard," Cross said. "They really push it and they play fast. We have to be ready to play defense. I feel our guys are up to the challenge."
The Mavericks are coming off a 75-67 victory Thursday at UTSA. Jordan Reves scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-8 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. UT Arlington scored its most points since its 81-47 win over Houston Baptist on Dec. 13 and shot a season-high 57.8 percent.
After going three games with only one player scoring in double figures, the Mavericks had a season-high four against UTSA. In addition to Reves, who is the first UTA player to reach 20 points this season, Drew Charles scored 12 points, Jamel Outler had 11 and Brandon Edwards had 11.
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. UTA has held 10 of 13 opponents to less than 40-percent 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%), LA Tech (28.4%) and UTSA (37.5%).
The Mavericks are 27-10 in their last 37 games dating back to last season. The Mavericks have also won 16 of their last 22 road or neutral site games. That includes a 13-5 record in true road games. UTA is 5-2 on the road this season.
The radio broadcast is 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Doug Anderson and Art Garcia are on the call. Live stats are available via utamavs.com.