Mavericks look to rebound against Nicholls State
March 2, 2010
By Josh Bowe for utamavs.com
ARLINGTON - Texas - All things considered, UT Arlington is still in great shape.
The Mavericks have still won eight of their last 10. Tommy Moffitt has returned from a broken foot to give the UTA the inside game it's been missing for the better part of the last month.
But it's hard not to be discouraged after Saturday night. A 94-69 blowout loss to Sam Houston State that put the brakes on the Mavericks three game winning streak certainly gave the team some perspective.
"We were outplayed in every facet of this game," Cross said after the game on Saturday.
The Mavericks will go back to work on Wednesday night, back in Texas Hall, against Nicholls State. UTA only has two more games before heading to Katy for the Southland conference tournament.
Although UTA's spot in the tournament is secured, Cross doesn't want to see any more of what he saw on Saturday.
"Whether we're already in the tournament or not, we have to keep playing hard," Cross said. "We have to keep getting better over the next week."
The Mavericks will have plenty to tweak for Wednesday night. Mainly a defense that gave up 94 points and 14 three pointers to Sam Houston State on Saturday.
Before Saturday, the most points the Mavs had given up in the last nine games was 80. UTA has prided itself on its defense all year and understand its what has made them successful during their recent winning run.
A goal Cross has given his team has to keep every team they play to shoot under 40 percent. The Mavericks have been successful in that category more times than not. Entering the game against Nicholls State, UTA had held four of their last 10 opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
It's an astonishing number for most teams around the nation, but senior forward J.D. Davis said if the Mavs want to win, it has to be done.
"If we're not holding teams to under 40 percent shooting, we're not giving ourselves a good chance to win," Davis said.