Dec. 28, 2012
UT Arlington (5-3, 0-0) vs. New Mexico State (6-6, 0-0)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012
Arlington, Texas (College Park Center), 7 pm CT
Radio: Soul 730 AM/ Soul730.com
Series: NMSU leads 10-1
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington opens its lone season in the Western Athletic Conference Saturday night at 7 p.m. against New Mexico State at College Park Center.
Just the third home game of the season for the Mavericks begins a stretch of four consecutive games at CPC. UT Arlington is 5-3 overall and 1-1 at home. The Mavericks are 25-7 in their last 32 games dating back to last season and 5-1 all-time at CPC.
The Mavericks’ three losses this season are to Big 12 teams Oklahoma, Texas and No. 24 Oklahoma State.
This is the 12th all-time meeting between the schools. New Mexico State leads the series 10-1. The teams haven’t met since 2004. UT Arlington’s only win in the series was in that last meeting, 88-67, Nov. 24, 2004, in Las Cruces, N.M.
UT Arlington is coming off a 69-44 loss to No. 24 Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Dec. 19. The Mavericks shot only 39.1 percent (18-46) and committed a season-high 31 turnovers. The previous high was 22 in the season opener at CSU Bakersfield.
UT Arlington is one of the nation’s stingiest defensive units. The Mavs are fourth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage at 34.7. The Mavs have held six of eight opponents to less than 40-percent shooting: CSUB (26.6%), Oklahoma (32.8%), Samford (37.3%), North Texas (31.0%), UTPA (32.7%) and HBU (30.9%).
Jordan Reves is leading the Mavericks at both ends of the court. The senior center leads the team in scoring (10.8 ppg), rebounding (10.8) and blocks (19). He's one of 19 Division I players averaging a points-rebounds double-double.
Reves is tied for 10th nationally in rebounding and has six double-figure rebounding efforts. He's shooting 51.6 percent (32-62), and has four double-doubles in eight games (36th nationally).
UTA-NMSU is on KKDA 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex. Russell Scott and Doug Anderson call the action. Gametracker is available via utamavs.com.
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