Dec. 6, 2007
UT Arlington will leave the cozy confines of Texas Hall for the second time this season when they travel to Wichita State for Friday game Tip off is at 7:05 p.m.
UT Arlington is ranked 19th in the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll and 132 in the Jeff Sagarin Ratings... The ranking is the first of any kind for the program... The 7-0 start is the best in school history and leaves UTA as one of 18 undefeated Division I programs left this season... UTA has beaten five Division I non-conference opponents for the first time... UTA has won 14 of their last 16 regular season games dating back to last season... UTA is ranked 37th in scoring offense (81.6) and 50th in scoring defense (60.6)... the team ranks third nationally in field-goal shooting at 53.6 percent from the field... the Mavs are hitting 64.1 percent from two-point range (172 of 268)... senior center Jermaine Griffin leads the team in scoring at 16.6 points per game... he ranks fourth nationally in field-goal percentage (.742) and 25th in rebounding (9.6 rpg.)... Griffin became the first Mav since Mack Callier to record three straight double figure rebounding games with a 10-rebound effort at Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 18... UTA has shot better than 50 percent or better from the field in four of their first seven games... the squad can set a school record for FG percentage in they can maintain their .535 percentage through seven games...five individuals (Griffin (74.2), Moffitt (60.0), Posey (58.1), Vereen (54.5) and Parker (70.0) are all shooting better than 50 percent from the field. Griffin, Vereen and Moffitt are all ranked in the top 10 in field-goal shooting in the Southland Conference... Seven different Mavericks have scored in double figures this season.
Wichita State has won all five meetings in the series, including a 75-61 decision Dec. 22, 2003. That season the Mavericks went on to claim a share of their only Southland Conference title.
ABOUT WICHITA STATE
The Shockers (5-2) have won their past four games after defeating Maryland-Balitmore County 77-68 on Tuesday. Wichita State is in its first season with head coach Gregg Marshall. Like UTA, Wichita State has started the same line up the entire season. Four starters score in double figures - Matt Braeuer (11.7), Phillip Thomasson (11.4), P. J. Cousinard (10.6) and Gal Mekel (10.3). WSU is ranked 49th in scoring defense (60.4) while UTA is 50th at 60.6.
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