Men's hoops hosts East-leading McNeese State Wednesday
Feb. 21, 2011
Arlington, Tex. - UT Arlington Men's Basketball Game Preview
McNeese State (16-9, 8-4 SLC) at UT Arlington (12-12, 6-5 SLC)
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 - 7 pm CT
Texas Hall - Arlington, Texas
Radio: KVCE-AM (1160)/kvceradio.com
Series: McNeese State leads 45-30
The UT Arlington men's basketball team faces another toughest stretch in conference play this week as they play the top two teams from the Southland Conference's East Division.
The week gets started with a home game against division-leading McNeese State Wednesday and then finishes with second place Northwestern State on the road Saturday.
The Mavericks began a span of three games against the East last Saturday as they knocked off the third-place team in that division - Southeastern Louisiana -in overtime 68-66 in Hammond.
"Our guys played hard on Saturday to get back into the game and then to finish it off," UTA head coach Scott Cross said. "We will need to continue to play with that intensity if are to come away with two wins against two good teams this week."
UTA had to go to extra time last week as both wins came in overtime. But the extra five minutes in each contest paid off as the Mavericks enter the week one game behind West Division-leading Texas State. The Mavericks are in a three-way tie for second place in the division with Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin with only four games left in the regular season.
LaMarcus Reed had a career game against SLU as he had 12 points and added a career-high 14 rebounds and a season best four assists. He continues to lead the team in scoring at 12.4 points a contest and has now scored in double figures a team-high 20 times this season.
Bo Ingram had a team-high 13 points Saturday and added eight rebounds. He is the only other player in double figures for the Mavs at 11.4 points per game.
McNeese State is led by Patrick Richard and Diego Kapelan who average 15.9 and 15.0 points per game respectively. Kapelan had 39 points in their win over Northwestern State last weekend. Stephan Martin adds 10.4 points per game while P.J Alawoya is averaging a double-double in conference play at 11.1 points and 10.0 rebounds a contest.
The Cowboys have won three of their last four games but have lost their other two road games to West Division teams - Stephen F. Austin and UTSA.
The series between the two schools is the longest for the Mavericks against any other team. McNeese leads it 45-30 although the Mavericks have won eight of the 11 including the last two.