MBB: Mavericks open season at CSU Bakersfield
Nov. 8, 2012
UT Arlington (0-0) at CSU Bakersfield (0-0)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The wait is over for the UT Arlington men's basketball team. The Mavericks open their 2012-13 season the road Friday night at CSU Bakersfield in the first meeting between the two programs.
"I'm excited. We had two good scrimmages, but it's nice to finally play a game that counts," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "It'll be a very tough game against Bakersfield. They're returning the majority of their guys and they're very talented, so it's going to be a tough game. We're looking forward to the opportunity."
The Roadrunners are a Division I independent program that moves into the Western Athletic Conference next season. The Mavericks begin their first and only year in the WAC this season.
Cross is also looking forward to the game-day environment at the Icardo Center.
"They have a different court, painted blue, so that makes them unique," he said. "Any time you can take your guys to a new place like Bakersfield, it makes for a great experience. We want to come back with a 'W.' That's the most important thing. It's fun when you play teams that you've never played before."
The Mavericks are coming off a 24-9 season that featured a Southland Conference regular season championship and berth in the National Invitational Tournament. UT Arlington returns a veteran team with eight returners and seven newcomers.
"It all starts with Shaq," Cross said. "Point guard is basically an extension of the coaching staff. He does a great job with that. He's tough and plays hard and gets the ball where it needs to go. Jordan and Kevin also bring another element of leadership."
The Mavericks open their College Park Center home schedule Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) against Oklahoma. The Sooners will be the first Big 12 team to play on UT Arlington's campus.
For more information regarding UT Arlington season tickets for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season log onto UTAMavs.comor call 817-272-6319. Men's Season tickets start as low as $66 and include all 14 home games. Women's season tickets are $49 and include all 14 home games.
UTA students don't forget to log onto your MyMav account to purchase your All-Sports Pass for $50 this gives you entry into all home UTA Athletic events. For more information call 817-272-6319.