MBB: Mavs head to Austin to face Texas
Nov. 30, 2012
UT Arlington (3-1) at Texas (4-2)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington continues its road odyssey to begin 2012-13 with Saturday's trip south on I-35 to face the Texas Longhorns in Austin. The Mavericks are 3-1, having won their previous three away games at CSU Bakersfield, Samford and North Texas.
UT Arlington is 23-5 in its last 28 games dating back to last season and 12-3 in its last 15 road games. The Mavericks are also 3-0 on the road to start a season for the first time in program history.
The Mavericks and Longhorns are meeting for the eighth time, with each of the previous seven games (all Texas victories) taking place in Austin. UT Arlington and UT last met on Dec. 6, 2011, with the Longhorns prevailing 80-62.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity of playing another Big 12 team that has such a great basketball tradition like Texas," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "Our guys are looking forward to the challenge, and I expect us to play our best basketball of the year."
The Mavericks are 5-63 all-time against teams currently in the Big 12. In the program’s history, the Mavericks have defeated TCU three times, Baylor once and Oklahoma State once. Since the OSU win in 1987, the Mavs have gone 0-27 against teams currently in the Big 12. UTA lost to Oklahoma, 63-59, on Nov. 16. The Mavericks are at Big 12 member Oklahoma State on Dec. 19.
UT Arlington is coming off a 72-59 in a nonconference win Wednesday at North Texas. Senior forward Karol Gruszecki scored a career-high 17. UTA clamped down defensively midway through the first half and held the Mean Green to 31-percent shooting. North Texas had just five field goals in the second half. Junior forward Greg Gainey scored 11 in 16 minutes off the bench. Senior center Jordan Reves pulled down 13 boards and blocked two shots.
UT Arlington came into the week leading the country in defensive field-goal percentage at 31.8 percent. (Latest NCAA statistics were released Sunday). The Mavericks have held their first four opponents to 26.6% (CSUB), 32.8% (Oklahoma), 37.3% (Samford) and 31.0% (North Texas).
Cross isn't surprised by the team's strong start on the road and at the defensive end.
"Offense, skill and potential all look great on the home court," he said. "Toughness, defense and rebounding will travel with you wherever you go, and I am glad that our guys have bought into having all three so far this season."
Senior forward Kevin Butler leads the Mavericks in scoring at 10.8 points per game. Gruszecki, Reves, Gainey, sophomore guard Jamel Outler, and junior forward Brandon Edwards are each averaging at least 7.5 points. Reves came into the week fourth nationally in rebounding and is averaging a team-high 12.3 boards.
The Mavericks are 3-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent and 0-1 when they don’t. UT Arlington is averaging 42.8 rebounds through four games, while opponents are averaging 38.0 boards.
The Texas game is being broadcast on KKDA 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Russell Scott and Art Garcia call the action. Gametracker is available via utamavs.com. Longhorn Network is broadcasting the game with Kevin Dunn and Reid Gettys on the call.
For more information regarding UT Arlington season tickets for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season log onto UTAMavs.com or 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.