MBB: Mavericks open WAC Tourney vs. Utah State
March 10, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - UT Arlington opens the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Men's Tournament on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. CT with a quarterfinals matchup against Utah State at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The fourth-seeded Mavericks finished the regular season with a 17-12 overall record and 11-7 mark in league play. No. 5 Utah State is 21-9 and 11-7. UT Arlington swept the two-game season series from the Aggies, winning 74-68 in Utah State on Jan. 24 and 61-46 at College Park Center on March 2.
UT Arlington finished the season 9-4 over its last 13 games, including 6-2 in the WAC. The Mavericks were 7-7 at home and 10-5 on the road. UTA went into the week with a RPI rating of 134.
UTA has the third-most wins among Texas’ 21 Division I men’s basketball programs over the last two seasons. The Mavericks are 41-21, including a 17-12 record going into the WAC Tournament. The Mavericks trail only Baylor (48-20) and Stephen F. Austin (46-15).
UT Arlington coach Scott Cross owns three of the top six single-season victory totals in program history. The Mavericks’ 17 wins going into the WAC Tournament is tied for fifth all-time. Cross guided UTA to its best-ever season last year (24-9) and second best (21-8) in 2007-08.
Cross heads into the WAC Tournament for the first time after five trips to the Southland Conference Tournament. The Mavericks won the 2008 SLC Tournament to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Cross’ tourney record is 4-4.
The Aggies enter the WAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed for the first time in its eight seasons in the league. USU has an overall WAC Tournament record of 12-5 (.706), advancing to the championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), including winning the championship in 2009 and 2011.
Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 25-8 (.758) in postseason conference tournaments and has won six tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011). During the last 13 years, USU has played in its conference’s postseason tournament championship game 10 times.
The winner of the WAC Tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
March 12 (Tuesday)
Game 2 - First Round
March 14 (Thursday)
Game 4 - Quarterfinals
Game 5 - Quarterfinals
Game 6 - Quarterfinals
March 15 (Friday)
Game 8 - Semifinals
March 16 (Saturday)