Feb. 27, 2013
UT Arlington (15-10, 9-5) vs. San Jose State (9-16, 3-11)
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 / 7 p.m. CT
College Park Center / Arlington, Texas
Live Stream: www.utamavs.com
Radio: 730 AM / UTARadio.com
Series: Mavericks lead 1-0.
ARLINGTON, Texas - The home portion of the regular season winds down with two Western Athletic Conference games this week at College Park Center. UT Arlington faces San Jose State on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday, with tip for both games at 7 p.m.
The Mavericks won road games against the Spartans (66-47 on Jan. 26) and Aggies (74-68 on Jan. 24) earlier this season. San Jose State hasn't played since Feb. 16, losing at home 62-41 to Denver.
UT Arlington had its five-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's 77-70 nonconference loss to UC Irvine. The Mavericks are 35-14 in their last 49 games dating back to last season. The Mavericks are 5-7 at home this season, while the Spartans are 4-7 on the road.
"We've got to play great basketball," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "Down at Utah State, that was one of our best games of the year. Guys were playing with intensity and passion. We won all the hustle points. Guys were diving on the floor and we played very well offensively.
"Then we went to San Jose and we started off the same way, but San Jose closed the gap on us and made it a game, but our guys withstood it. The bottom line is our guys played super hard in both games."
Saturday is also senior night, marking the final home game for Jordan Reves, Cameron Catlett, Kevin Butler and Karol Gruszecki. Reves and Catlett are four-year players at UT Arlington, while Butler and Gruszecki have played for the Mavericks the last two seasons.
UT Arlington came into the week seventh in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 37.3 percent. The Mavericks have held 16 of 25 opponents to less than 40-percent shooting.
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