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UT Arlington comes into tonight's game at Houston Baptist 3-1 after a 99-67 victory over UT Tyler Tuesday at Texas Hall...tonight's game is the first of 10 consecutive games away from home for the Mavericks as they will play 9 road games and one neutral site game.
UTA - HBU SERIES
Tonight's game is the 18th meeting between the schools...UTA leads the series 11-6 but the series is tied 4-4 in games played in Houston...the teams last met on 12/29/82 with the Mavericks winning that game 65-64 in a game played in Oklahoma City...the Mavericks have won the last 6 and 7 of the last 8 games overall...UTA has also won the last 3 games played in Houston with the last contest coming on 1/18/82 - a 63-55 UTA win.
The Mavericks travel to Missoula, Montana to play 2 games next weekend...they play Denver on Friday Dec. 5 and then Montana the following evening...Denver leads the series 2-1 while Montana has won all 3 games played between the schools.
MAVERICKS HEAD COACH Scott Cross
Cross is in his 3rd season as the head coach at UT Arlington...he has a career coaching record of 37-30 (.552)...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)...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.
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Tonight's game is the first of 10 consecutive games away from home for the Mavericks...UTA will play 9 road games and one neutral site game during this stretch which includes games in Missoula, Montana, Huntington, West Virginia, Waco, Texas and Orem, Utah to name a few...their next home game is Jan. 14 vs. Lamar...this is the longest such stretch in program history which is in its 50th season...last year the Mavs were 7-9 away from Texas Hall (4-8 on the road and 3-1 in neutral games) and are 0-1 this season.
Tonight's game can be listened to the following website: http://www.tsrnsports.com/Broadcast/Broad-U-HBU.htm
The 2008-09 season is the 50th of Mavericks basketball...the first season was 1959-60 and the first coach was Tom Tinker and the team went 6-18 in that season.
IN THE POLLS
The Mavericks did not receive any votes in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major poll...UTA received votes in the first 2 polls this season (preseason and Nov. 17)...last year the team UTA received 5 collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 rankings.
FINAL FOUR COMING TO MAVERICKS HOMETOWN
The NCAA announced on Nov. 19 the 2014 Men's Final Four will be played at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington...the stadium, which is about a mile from UTA's campus, opens in 2009 for the Cowboys and will also host the 2010 NBA All-Star game...the Dallas/Ft. Worth area last hosted the Final Four in 1986 at Reunion Arena.
LAST GAME - UTA 99, UT TYLER 67
Brandon Long scored 19 points to lead five UT Arlington players in double figures as the Mavericks defeated UT Tyler 99-67 Tuesday. After leading by 15 at the half, the Mavericks stepped up their defense in the second half to pull away from the Patriots in the second half to improve to 3-1. UTA took advantage of 16 UT Tyler turnovers as they converted that to 29 points. On the offensive end, the Mavericks turned the ball over a season-low seven times. UT Tyler cut the lead to 10 with 14 minutes remaining at 58-48 before the Mavericks went on a 30-15 run over the next 10 minutes to seal the game. The Mavericks shot 50.7% from the field (36-of-71) and made 17-of-20 free throws. After allowing UT Tyler to shot 55.2% in the first half, the Mavericks defense held the Patriots to just 42.9% from the field in the second half. Anthony Vereen and Roge'r Guignard each added 15 for UTA while Tommy Moffitt had 10 points and led the team with eight rebounds.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Scott Cross
"We were not very good defensively in the first half. We played much better in the second half and that was more like I thought we would play. We have a long road trip ahead of us," said Cross. "It was good to get a win where we were able to pull away at the end. Hopefully this will give us some confidence as we start this trip.
The Mavericks made a season-high 10 3-pointers vs. UT Tyler...last year the team made 10 or more 3's just 5 times and went 4-1 in those games...the Mavs also attempted 28 3's in that game which is a season-high and more than any game last year.
UT Arlington had its 2nd 20+ assist game of the season against UT Tyler with 20 (also had 22 vs. Hardin-Simmons)...last year the team had just 2 such efforts.
After averaging 16.7 turnovers per game in the first 3 games, UTA committed a season-low 7 vs. UT Tyler...last year the team had single digits in turnovers only once - 9 at TAMCC on 1/26.
UTA is 2-0 when holding its opponents to 70 points or less (17-1 last year when doing so).
The Mavericks shot 50.7% from the field vs. UT Tyler marking the 2nd time this season they have shot better than 50%...going back to last year, the Mavs have accomplished this in 10 of their last 12 games.
UTA registered a season-high 41 rebounds vs. UT Tyler which was the first time this season the team grabbed 40 or more boards...last year they did so 9 times and went 7-2 in those games...the Mavericks have been hitting the boards in the last 2 games as they have averaged a +11.5 advantage...in the first 2 games of the season that margin was a -4.0.
The first 4 games of the season have proven to be close or not close for the Mavericks...UTA defeated Hardin-Simmons by 20 and UT Tyler by 32 but the other 2 games were decided by 3 points...last year UTA was 2-2 in games decided by 3 points or less and 7-1 in games decided 20 or more.
The Mavericks had a season-high players in double figures vs. UT Tyler...Brandon Long and Anthony Vereen have each scored 10 or more in each game this season...they have also each scored 66 points (16.5 ppg) and have accounted for 40.3% of the team's scoring...Marquez Haynes and Tommy Moffitt have scored in double digits in 3 games each.