MBB: Mavs win streak on line at LA Tech
Feb. 1, 2013
UT Arlington (10-8, 5-4) at Louisiana Tech (18-3, 9-0)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington is shooting for a third consecutive Western Athletic Conference victory at league-leading Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mavericks won a pair of away games last week at Utah State and San Jose State.
UT Arlington is 10-8 overall and 5-4 in the WAC, while the Bulldogs are 18-3 and 9-0. UTA and LA Tech met previously this season, with the Bulldogs prevailing 55-52 in Arlington. Both teams are beginning the second half of the WAC season.
The Mavericks are 8-2 on the road, including 4-0 in conference. UT Arlington has won 19 of its last 24 road or neutral-site games, including a 16-5 record in true road games. The Mavs started 3-0 on the road for the first time in the program's history this season.
Louisiana Tech also claimed a pair of road wins last week, 76-54 at San Jose State and 51-48 at Utah State. The Bulldogs received eight votes in the AP Top-25 poll and one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll. If the polls extended, LA Tech would be ranked 33rd in the AP Poll and 42nd in the coaches' poll. LA Tech also moved up to No. 11 in this week's Collegeinsider.com mid-major top-25 poll.
This marks the 32nd meeting between UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs lead the series 23-8. LA Tech won earlier this season, rallying from 10 points down (43-33) in the second half to win 55-52 on Jan. 5 at College Park Center. Sophomore guard Jamel Outler led UT Arlington with 12 points off the bench. Junior forward Brandon Edwards had a season-high 15 rebounds, while junior forward Greg Gainey grabbed eight boards. Alex Hamilton had 14 points for LA Tech.
UT Arlington went 2-0 on the road last week. The Mavericks defeated Utah State 74-68 in Logan before traveling to San Jose to beat the Spartans 66-47. In the win at Utah State, Karol Gruszecki scored 14 to lead five players in double figures. Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each scored 13, with Shaquille White-Miller adding 11 and Greg Gainey chipping in 10.
At San Jose State, Gainey scored a career-high 17 points in his second career start at UTA, while senior forward Kevin Butler added 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. White-Miller scored 12 and senior center Jordan Reves tied his season high with six blocks. San Jose State was held to Mavs' opponent-low 21.9-percent shooting.
UTA is one of the nation's stingiest defensive units. The Mavericks are eighth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 37.2 percent, in the latest NCAA rankings. UTA has held 12 of 18 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%), UTSA (37.5%), Utah State (36.4%) and San Jose State (21.9%).
UT Arlington and the WAC will participate in the 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event, a two-day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Feb. 22-23, will feature 13 nationally televised games - across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Six teams from the WAC will participate in this year's BracketBuster event. Those teams include Utah State, Texas State, UTSA, Denver, UT Arlington and Idaho. Matchups will be announced live on Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m. MT on ESPNU.
The radio broadcast is 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Doug Anderson and Art Garcia are on the call. Gametracker is available via www.utamavs.com. Live streaming available at www.latechsports.com.