Aug. 14, 2011
Arlington, Tex. - The UT Arlington men's basketball team will embark on its first-ever international summer tour, as they will travel to Canada from August 16-23.
The Mavericks will spend the week in British Columbia and have five games scheduled over a seven-day span against Canadian university teams.
"We are really looking forward to getting up there and playing," UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross said. "We have been able to practice for 10 days and I know our guys are ready to play. It should be a great trip and gives us a chance to incorporate the new and old players into our system before school begins when we get back."
UTA will spend the first park of the trip in Vancouver, as they will play four games there before heading to Whistler for two days before returning to the Lower Mainland for their final game.
The Mavericks first game will be Wednesday, Aug. 17 when they play Trinity Western University. The following night they will play Quest University before a game against the University of British Columbia on Friday.
UBC won the Canada West final in 2011 and was the top-seeded team in the 2011 CIS Final Eight, which is the equivalent of the NCAA Tournament in the United States. The Thunderbirds finished in third at the tournament.
All three of these games will begin at 9 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. CDT).
The Mavericks will play Douglas College on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. CDT) before traveling to Whistler, which is best known as host of many of the 2010 Winter Olympic Game venues.
Following an off day on Aug. 21, UTA will finish its tour against the University of Fraser Valley (7 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. CDT) before returning to Texas on Aug. 22.
The UT Arlington men's basketball team began last season as the second-youngest team in the country as they had just five years of Division I experience. Cross led his young team to the brink of the conference tournament before losing their final game of the season.
This season marks the final year in which UTA will call Texas Hall its home. The Mavericks have played on the stage since 1965 but will move into the new College Park Center sometime toward the end of the regular season.
Cross used a variety of starting lineups last year and returns 77% of the scoring and 85% of the rebounding totals. Seniors LaMarcus Reed (12.4 ppg) and Bo Ingram (11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg) lead the list of returnees. Ingram was named the Southland Conference's Newcomer of the Year.
Newcomers Kevin Butler, who was one of the leading rebounders in the Mountain West during his sophomore year two years ago at TCU, and guards Jorge Redmon and Karol Gruszecki, will join those players.
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