ARLINGTON, Texas -- Another sign that the hoops season is here is the annual UTA Basketball Press Day at College Park Center.
Head coaches Scott Cross and Krista Gerlich each conducted a formal press conference in front of approximately 25 members of the local and UTA student media, answering a wide variety of questions related to the upcoming season.
Afterward the activities moved to the College Park Center playing floor, where each of the members of the two teams conducted one-on-one interviews, posed for photographs and took part in a variety of social media activities. In between the team sessions, the two teams gathered for a group photo at center court.
"I always enjoy media day because it gives us a platform to talk about our programs and promote the upcoming season," said Cross. "Both of our teams have been practicing for months and, finally, we are just a little more than a week away from our first game. We are excited to start playing and to show our fans what we've been working on since last season."
The UTA men's team was selected as the preseason favorite to earn its second-straight Sun Belt Conference regular season championship, according to the annual poll of league coaches. Kevin Hervey was named the preseason league Player of the Year and joined teammate Erick Neal on the all-Sun Belt first team.
The Lady Mavs, receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll for the first time in program history, are equally as excited and are just ready to get things started.
"This is an exciting time of the year and we are really looking forward to the season starting off," Gerlich said. "We are excited about our five seniors. We have a very good senior class and are expecting big things from them. We were able to add some valuable pieces to the puzzle in the offseason and are looking forward to some impactful players from our newcomers. We have a challenging schedule and were able to get some practice time in during our foreign tour in Costa Rica in August."
The Sun Belt preseason women's poll and honor teams are expected to be announced tomorrow.
Both teams open the season next weekend, during the University's annual homecoming week festivities. The women's team hosts Incarnate Word at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, while the men's team hosts Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. The weekend starts with a Friday night Maverick volleyball match against ULM and concludes with a Sunday afternoon Senior Day match against Louisiana.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Full season and single game tickets to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com. Season tickets are available for as low as $99 for all 30 men and women's games, which comes out to $3.30 per game. Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location. UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets. Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available. Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.
FOLLOW THE MAVS SOCIALLY
For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics. Follow the UTA basketball programs on Twitter at @UTA_MBB and @LadyMavHoops.
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