Men's hoops open 2010-11 season Friday
Nov. 11, 2010
Arlington, Tex. -
A LOOK AT THE MAVERICKS UT Arlington begins its 2010-11 season tonight as they host Texas Lutheran at Texas Hall...tonight also marks the beginning of the 52nd season of Mavericks basketball...a victory tonight would give the Mavericks a win in their first game of the season in each of the last 5 seasons which would be a school record (current streak of 4 consecutive season-opening wins is the school record).
UTA-TLU SERIES Tonight's game is first meeting between the teams.
SEASON OPENERS Tonight's game marks the start of the 2010-11 UTA season...UTA has won its last 4 season openers over UT Tyler in 2007 (87-59), UC Riverside in 2008 (79-58), Hardin-Simmons in 2009 (84-64) and Dallas Baptist in 2010 (88-84)...these 4 wins to open the season is a school record...prior to this span, the Mavericks had lost 10 of 11 season openers with the only win coming at the start of the 2000-01 season when they defeated Texas Wesleyan (86-78)...UTA is 14-37 in season openers in school history.
COVERAGE The TLU game can be heard only on utamavs.com...all of the remainder of the Mavericks games can be heard on KVCE 1160 AM in the DFW Metroplex...Mike Young, the "Voice of the Mavericks", and Associate AD Gregg Elkin call the action...Gametracker is also available via utamavs.com.
WINNING SEASON FOR MAVS The Mavericks, and head coach Scott Cross, enter the 2010-11 season having posted 3 consecutive winning seasons...this is the first time since the 1991 (20-9), `92 (16-13) and `93 (16-12) seasons the Mavs have accomplished this...the only other time this has happened in school history was 1980-82 when UTA went 14-13, 20-8 and 16-12...UTA has never had 4 consecutive winning seasons...the 53 wins the Mavericks have posted during this stretch are the most in a 3-year span for the program that started in 1959-60.
YOUNG GUNS The Mavericks enter this season as one of the least experienced teams in the nation as UTA has just 5 years of Division I experience heading into the season (LaMarcus Reed - 2, Cameron Catlett, Jordan Reeves and Armani Williams each with one)...that total is tied for the 2nd-fewest in the nation with Sacramento State and is just behind Eastern Washington who just has 4 years of experience.
Fewest years of Division I experience entering the 2010-11 season
Eastern Washington 4 Sacramento State 5 UT Arlington 5 Idaho 6 Radford 6 Cal State Fullerton 6 San Francisco 7 UC Riverside 7 Louisiana Monroe 7
MAVERICKS HEAD COACH Scott Cross Scott Cross is in his 5th season as the head coach at UT Arlington...he has a career coaching record of 66-57 (.537)...he has a career SLC regular season record of 32-32 and 3-3 in the conference tournament...Cross led the Mavericks to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2008 after winning the Southland Conference Tournament...in 2008 he led his team to a school-record 21 victories and his team completed a school record 17-game home winning streak (3 games in `07 and the first 14 of `08)...Cross reached 50 wins faster than any coach in school history (90th game)...a 1998 graduate of UT Arlington, Cross was a 2-time Academic All-American at his alma mater where he lettered 3 times from 1995-98.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MAVS Blue Ribbon Yearbook: Texas-Arlington coach Scott Cross understands why people would have doubts about his team heading into the 2010-11 season. The Mavericks lost a wealth of experience from last year's team, including their top two scorers, top two rebounders and top two assist men. Most importantly, they lost the heart and soul of their team -- 2009-10 SLC Player of the Year Marquez Haynes. Haynes ranked first in the SLC and third in the nation in scoring last season with 22.8 points per game. He set a school record with 661 points scored while helping his team qualify for the conference tournament for the eighth consecutive season. He also set a school record with seven 30-point games. No SLC team has a bigger hole to fill. "You can't replace Marquez," Cross said. "That's not going to happen."
Southland Conference Preview (Mavericks picked 6th in SLC West Division): While the Mavericks have just four lettermen and one starter returning in 2010-11, UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross and his staff will look to a talented group of newcomers to help improve on its 16-14 overall and 8-8 conference mark of a year ago. The team said good-bye to five seniors from last year's team which included All-American and Southland Conference Player of the Year Marquez Haynes. Haynes was the third-leading scorer in the nation in 2009-10 at 22.6 points per game while also leading the team in assists, steals and three-point shooting. Cross will need to replace 74 percent of the scoring and 64 percent of the team's rebounding total from a year ago as well. The team is also without four other players from a year ago. Forward Trey Parker is one of those players whose career has come to an end after numerous knee injuries. He did, however, lead the team with 33 blocks last year.
HOME AT THE HALL UTA is 34-10 at home over the last 3 seasons, which includes an 11-5 mark last season...UTA has posted 16 consecutive non-losing seasons at home (14 winning, 2 .500)...the last time UTA had a losing record at home was 1993-94 (5-7).
MAVS NEW HOME TAKING SHAPE After years of waiting, the University of Texas at Arlington officially broke ground on its new $78 million College Park Center last March...the arena will seat 6,600 for basketball and volleyball and should be completed in late 2011.
EACH END OF THE SPECTRUM The UTA defense has limited its opponents in SLC play to a league-low 39% from the field...Mavs held 7 of first 9 SLC opponents under 40% but did so just twice in last 7 games...meanwhile the Mavericks finished the league slate shooting 43%...that was 9th in the conference.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Last season when UTA scored 70 or more points they were 16-2 with the only losses being the 101-99 double overtime game vs. North Texas and the 82-79 defeat at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Saturday...another telling sign of success is assists...the Mavericks were 10-0 when having more assists than their opponents...other key stats included 11-2 when shooting better and 13-4 when the bench scored more than their opponent.