2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule Released
Sept. 9, 2009
Arlington, Texas -
A matchup with 2009 national finalist Michigan State and Big 12 opponent Baylor highlight the 2009-10 UT Arlington men's basketball schedule which was released today.
The Mavericks, under the direction of fourth year head coach Scott Cross, take on Michigan State on Dec. 30 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. It is the first time in school history the Mavericks will be playing a team that played for the national title the previous year.
UTA travels to Waco on Sunday, Dec. 20 for a matchup with Baylor. Last year's game went right down to the wire as the Mavs lost by just three points to the then 22nd-ranked Bears.
The season begins on Saturday November 14 with a home game against Dallas Baptist. That is the first of four home games to start the season as that matchup is followed by games vs. North Texas (Nov. 18), Eastern Washington (Nov. 21) and UT Permian Basin (Nov. 24).
One change for this season at Texas Hall is that all home games will begin at 7 p.m. Times are subject to change in the future due to television or other conflicts.
While it won't be the same as last year's 10-game road trip through December and early January, the Mavs hit the road after those home games for a game at Houston Baptist (Nov. 30) before heading to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Hy-Vee Challenge. UTA plays North Dakota in the first round of the tournament and then will play Drake or SIU-Edwardsville the following evening.
Between the Baylor and Michigan State games, the Mavericks will host Texas Wesleyan (Dec. 22) and after the holidays have more home games against UT Dallas (Jan. 2) and Utah Valley (Jan. 5) before starting the Southland Conference season.
The conference slate gets started on Saturday, January 9 as the Mavs host Texas State. Besides the home and home with the Western Division schools, UTA will host Northwestern State (Feb. 6), Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 17) and Nicholls (Mar. 3). The Mavs end the conference season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 6.
The annual Southland Conference Tournament will once again be held in Katy, Texas the week following the regular season.