Dec. 30, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - - What promises to be a tough West Division of the Southland Conference men's basketball season is finally near for the UT Arlington Mavericks. UTA, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State - all in the West - are a combined 29-4 this season and all are ranked in the latest Mid-Major Top 25.
But first, the Mavericks (9-2) will need to take care of some business at home.
The final tuneup before SLC play is Wednesday night at Texas Hall, where the Mavericks have been perfect this season. Dating back to last year, UTA holds a 14-game win streak. Tipoff against the Division II UT-Permian Basin Falcons is at 7 p.m.
UTPB (2-7) enters the matchup having just snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Mavericks are coming off a 20-point victory against Hardin-Simmons in a game that featured a 23-point performance by starting point guard Rog'er Guignard. A sophomore from Mesquite, Guignard was 7-for-12 from the 3-point line and led UTA to the 74-54 victory. UTA led by as many as 33 before the Cowboys ended the game on the 13-0 run.
In a year of milestone - the best start through five games, the longest home-court win streak in school history and the most victories against Division I teams (6) - UTA need two victories to have the best record in school history through 12 games. UTA's 1980-81 squad that went to the National Invitation Tournament started that year 11-2.
The Mavericks are currently ranked 19th in the Mid-Major Top 25, the first national ranking for the program.
After the Wednesday game against UT-Permian Basin, the Mavericks hit the road for a Jan. 5 game against Northwestern State.
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