MBB: Mavs return home to face Seattle
Jan. 16, 2013
UT Arlington (8-6, 3-2) vs. Seattle (5-10, 0-5)
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington begins a two-game Western Athletic Conference stand at College Park Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Seattle. The Mavericks are 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the WAC, while the Redhawks check in at 5-10 and 0-5.
UT Arlington faces Idaho at home Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mavericks have won two in row, having swept a two-game road trip last week at UTSA and Texas State. UT Arlington is 28-10 in its last 38 games dating back to last season, but just 2-4 at College Park Center this season.
"The guys have been working hard and are ready," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "The game cannot get here quick enough as we look to redeem ourselves at CPC. We played well last week on the road, and now it is time to do the same in front of our great fans."
UTA is one of the nation’s stingiest defensive units. The Mavs are fifth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 36.1 percent, according to the latest NCAA Rankings. UTA has held 10 of 14 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 coming off a 91-74 win at Texas State on Saturday. Karol Gruszecki scored a career-high 23, knocking down seven 3-pointers. All five UTA starters scored in double figures for the first time this season. Kevin Butler added 15 points and Jordan Reves had 11. Brandon Edwards had his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Catlett chipped in 11 points and a season-high seven assists.
The Mavericks scored a season high in points and shot 57.1 percent against Texas State after shooting 57.8 percent at UTSA. UTA also set a new season low for turnovers with six against the Bobcats.
The UTA-Seattle radio broadcast is on 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Russell Scott and Doug Anderson call the action. UTARadio.com has an online broadcast. Gametracker is available via utamavs.com.
Fans driving to College Park Center should be aware of rail crossing closings and should plan accordingly. A schedule of closings is available at myarlingtontx.com.