MBB: Mavs close out WAC season on road
March 6, 2013
UT Arlington (17-10, 11-5) at Denver (19-8, 14-2)
DENVER, Colorado - UT Arlington finishes off its one and only Western Athletic Conference regular season on the road this week. The first stop is Denver for a Thursday night showdown with the second-place Pioneers. The trek ends Saturday at New Mexico State.
UT Arlington is on a six-game WAC winning streak and is 9-2 over its last 11 games. The Mavericks are in fourth place in the WAC and have clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament. UTA fell to Denver at home, 50-35, on Jan. 29.
The Mavericks come into the game allowing only 60.7 points, good for second best in the WAC. Pioneers lead the league at 55.2.
"It's going to be a battle of two of the best defensive teams in the WAC," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We only scored 35 on them in the last game and they scored 50 on us. Both teams struggled on the offensive end.
"We're looking for ways that we can attack them a little bit better. They're a great basketball team. There is a reason they're in second place. We're going to have to play our best basketball and be ready to defend for 40 minutes, and hopefully play fast in transition."
UTA is one of the nation's stingiest defensive units. Mavs are fourth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 37.3 percent. UTA has held 18 of 27 opponents to less than 40-percent shooting.
The Mavericks have won 21 of their last 27 road or neutral site games. That includes a 18-6 record in true road games. UTA is 10-3 on the road this season. School record for road wins is 11 set in 1980-81. The Mavs started 3-0 on the road for the first time in the program's history.
The Pioneers have won eight straight, 15 of 16 and 18 of 21 games. With a 14-2 WAC record, Denver is in sole possession of second place and is two games behind Louisiana Tech (16-0) for first place.
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