Feb. 15, 2013
UT Arlington (13-9, 8-5) at Seattle U (7-17, 2-12)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2012 / 9 p.m. CT
Seattle, Washington (Key Arena)
Radio: 730 AM
Series: Seattle U leads 1-0
SEATTLE, Washington -- A three-game winning streak is on the line for UT Arlington going into Saturday night's Western Athletic Conference matchup with Seattle U. The Mavericks are 13-9 overall and 8-5 in the WAC, which is tied for fourth place. The ninth-place Redhawks are 7-17 and 2-12.
UT Arlington is on a three-game winning streak, and has won five of six. Seattle U has lost four straight, including a 64-58 loss Thursday at home against Louisiana Tech. The Mavericks dropped the season's previous meeting with SU, 61-44, Jan. 17 in Arlington.
UT Arlington is 33-13 in their last 46 games dating back to last season and 9-3 on the road this season. The Mavericks are 5-1 in conference away games. SU is 5-10 at home, including 1-7 in the WAC.
UT Arlington is coming off a 71-68 win Thursday at Idaho. Kevin Butler set a school record with a 7-for-7 shooting performance from 3-point territory. Butler was 8-8 overall and scored a career-high 23 points. The Mavericks drilled nine 3-pointers overall in avenging loss to the Vandals last month in Arlington. UTA also enjoyed a 30-20 advantage in points in the paint. Junior forward Brandon Edwards scored 11 and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior forward Greg Gainey added eight points.
Butler is averaging 20.3 points over last three games on 61-percent (22-36) shooting. He's also the reigning College Madness WAC Player of the Week.
The Mavericks have won 20 of their last 26 road or neutral site games. That includes a 17-6 record in true road games. UTA is 9-3 on the road this season. The Mavs started 3-0 on the road for the first time in the program's history.
UTA remains 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 36.4 percent. UTA has held 15 of 22 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% & 36.7%), UTSA (37.5% and 35.2%), Utah State (36.4%), San Jose State (21.9%) and Texas State (22.6%).
The UTA-Seattle U radio broadcast is 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex with Russell Scott and Art Garcia on the call.
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