Sept. 8, 2011
Arlington, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross announced the Mavericks 2011-12 schedule today, one that will mark the final game of UTA basketball in Texas Hall.
The Mavericks will play a portion of their home schedule in Texas Hall before moving into the university's new 7,000-seat College Park Center later in the season.
The first game at the College Park Center will be announced in the near future but the Mavericks will for sure play all of their non-conference games and a portion of the Southland Conference schedule in Texas Hall, their home since 1965.
"It's going to be a great experience starting to play in College Park Center," Cross said. "It is going to a great venue for basketball and we can't wait to get in there and player.
"There are a lot of memories for a lot of people, including myself, in Texas Hall," Cross added. "It is a place the program has called home for a long time. The last game in there should be a great time as well."
The Mavericks will play 13 home games and the season will get started on Monday, Nov. 14 when the Mavs host East Texas Baptist. That will be the first five home games in November as UTA will also host Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19), North Texas (Nov. 22), Samford (Nov. 26) and UT Pan American (Nov. 28).
The road portion of the non-conference schedule is highlighted by matchups with some of the top teams in the region as the Mavs will play at Baylor (Nov. 23), Texas (Dec. 6) and Tulsa (Dec. 17).
The Mavericks will also get a sneak peek at a future member of their new home - the Western Athletic Conference - when they play at Utah State's tournament from Dec. 20-22. UTA will face two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in the tournament in the host Aggies plus St. Peter's. Kent State will round out the field.
UTA also has road games scheduled at UT Pan American on Dec. 29 and at Houston Baptist on Jan. 24. The Mavericks will also take part in ESPN's annual Bracket Busters on Feb. 18. The Mavs will be on the road for that game and their opponent will be announced in late January.
UTA opens its final Southland Conference season at home against Southeastern Louisiana on Jan. 4. That will mark the first of three home games to start the conference slate, as the Mavs will also host Nicholls on Saturday Jan. 7 and Sam Houston State on Jan. 11.
The Mavericks then start a stretch of playing five of seven league games away from home, which includes games at Lamar (Jan. 14), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 18), Texas State (Jan. 28), Central Arkansas (Feb. 4) and Sam Houston State (Feb. 8). The only home games in that stretch are vs. Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 21 and UTSA on Feb. 1.
UTA will play just three more home games after that point of the season with those games coming against Texas State (Feb. 11), Northwestern State (Feb. 25) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 29.
The annual Southland Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 7-10 at the Merrill Center in Katy, Texas.
All home games are scheduled for 7 p.m. but are subject to change. Tickets for all games are available at utatickets.com.
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