ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington and North Texas men's basketball teams announced the renewal of their Metroplex series beginning in the 2015-16 season. The crosstown rivals also agreed to a home-and-home series covering the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
"We're extremely excited to renew our series with North Texas," UT Arlington athletic director Jim Baker said. "Playing a regional schedule of natural rivals is a positive for our program, our student-athletes and our fans. North Texas has been a great partner over the years. I would like to thank Rick Villarreal for his support throughout this process."
The 2015-16 nonconference game at College Park Center is a rescheduled matchup originally set for 2013-14. The Mavericks and Mean Green are meeting in Denton at the Super Pit in 2016-17 before returning to Arlington in 2017-18.
"North Texas has traditionally been a big rival for UTA fans and students," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "Coach Benford does a great job and I know he wanted to get the series going again. They have a very talented team, so it should be a great game. We hope to sell out College Park Center in that first game."
The two programs played every season from 2006-07 to 2012-13, with the Mavericks going 5-2 over that span under Cross. UTA and North Texas were also in the Southland Conference together from 1983 to 1996.
"I'd like to thank Jim Baker and coach Scott Cross for helping us make the original change in the schedule possible, which helped us continue this great local series," said North Texas director of athletics Rick Villarreal. "I'm excited that we extend this rivalry another two years, with the first game taking place at the Super Pit in 2016."
"We are very excited to have UT Arlington on the schedule for the next few seasons," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "I have a lot of respect for Scott Cross and the tremendous job he has done with his program. Many of our players have grown up playing with and against each other, and we really enjoy creating rivalries with quality local teams that our fans are very familiar with. This year's non-conference schedule includes Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Tech, and in the coming years we would love to include TCU and SMU as well."
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