MBB: Kentucky trip highlights 2014-15 schedule

Aug. 7, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Texas - A second trip to Kentucky and 20 Sun Belt Conference games highlight UT Arlington's 2014-15 men's basketball schedule.

"The overall schedule is the toughest schedule that we've ever had by far," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We'll have the team that's probably the preseason No. 1 again in Kentucky. Texas, I would predict, will be top 5 or 10 in the country. UC-Irvine and Weber State will probably be picked to win their conferences. Buffalo and Grand Canyon were both in the postseason."

The Mavericks open the season with a nonconference game at Bradley on Nov. 14. The College Park Center opener is Nov. 18 against Buffalo at 7 p.m. Homecoming is Nov. 22 against Houston Baptist at 7:30 p.m. The final two nonconference home games are Weber State (Dec. 6) and Howard Payne (Dec. 20).

UT Arlington is taking road trips to Grand Canyon (Nov. 20), Kentucky (Nov. 25), Montana State (Nov. 28), Texas (Dec. 2) and UC-Irvine (Dec. 13). The Mavericks are facing UK in Lexington for the second year in a row.

One nonconference game has yet to be determined.

UT Arlington begins its second season in the Sun Belt with a two-game homestand against new member Georgia Southern (Dec. 30) and South Alabama (Jan. 3). The first away game is Jan. 5 at Troy.

The Mavericks are at defending SBC regular-season champion Georgia State on Jan. 15 and face the Panthers just two weeks later at CPC on Jan. 29. Games against SBC tournament champion Louisiana are Feb. 7 (Lafayette) and Feb. 21 (CPC). 

"Louisiana and Georgia State were both in the postseason last year," Cross sad. "They're going to be tough in the conference."

Georgia Southern (March 5 road game) and Appalachian State are new to the conference this season. The Mavericks play host to App State on Feb. 19 and travel to Boone, N.C. for the last league game on March 7.

UT Arlington plays six of its final nine Sun Belt games on the road. Four of the first five league contests are at College Park Center. The Mavericks face in-state rival Texas State at CPC on Jan. 19 and in San Marcos on Feb. 12.

UTA went 15-17 last season, including 9-9 in SBC play during the regular season. The Mavericks tied for fifth during the regular season and reached the Sun Belt Conference Championship quarterfinals.

All Sun Belt games are doubleheaders with the UT Arlington women's team playing first. Ticketing options, including season packages and individual games, will be released at a later date.




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