Texas-Arlington (7-6) at Texas State (4-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Strahan Coliseum (7,200) -- San Marcos, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: UTA 2-4, Texas State 3-6. Away Record: UTA 5-2, Texas State 0-5. Neutral Record: UTA 0-0, Texas State 1-2. Conference Record: UTA 2-2, Texas State 0-5. Series Record: Texas State leads, 30-26.
GAME NOTES: A pair of transplants from the Southland Conference now competing in the Western Athletic get together on Saturday afternoon, as the Texas State Bobcats entertain the Mavericks of Texas-Arlington at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.
The transition to the new league has been tough on the Bobcats who are currently tied with Texas-San Antonio for last place in the standings at 0-5. Since defeating the Broncs of Texas-Pan American back on Dec. 8 by a score of 73-58, the Bobcats have suffered eight straight defeats. The latest setback for the program came on Thursday night versus visiting Louisiana Tech, which delivered an 84-67 final in conference play.
As for the Mavericks, they've managed to pick up a couple of wins in four tries versus their new set of league opponents. The latest victory came in the most recent outing for the team two nights ago versus Texas-San Antonio in a 75-67 final on the road. The win served to snap a three-game slide for the team, which is now one game over .500 on the campaign at 7-6.
In terms of the all-time series, the Bobcats lead by a count of 30-26, although UTA won both encounters last season and four of the last five overall.
The Mavericks shot an incredible 69.2 percent from the field in the first half against UTSA a few nights back, connecting on 4-of-7 beyond the arc along the way, eventually finishing at 57.8 percent as they picked up the eight-point road victory. Jordan Reves scored a game-high 21 points, hitting all eight of his field goal attempts, adding eight rebounds, followed by Drew Charles with 12 points. Jamel Outler and Brandon Edwards chipped in with 11 points apiece for a squad that connected on just 15-of-27 at the free-throw line. For a team that is scoring only 59.5 ppg at the moment, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there isn't a single double-digit scorer to be found on the UTA roster, with Reves coming closest with his 9.3 ppg. Then again, this is a group that is using defense as its primary weapon, holding the opposition to just 35.3 percent from the floor and 28.7 percent beyond the arc, en route to just 58.5 ppg over the course of 13 outings.
The Bobcats made good on an impressive 60.7 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half of their meeting against Louisiana Tech on Thursday, but only after the team fell behind by 17 points at the break. Joel Wright led the charge with 24 points and seven rebounds, followed by Wesley Davis and Deonte Jones who tallied 14 and 11 points, respectively, but while it wouldn't have made enough of a difference in the outcome, Texas State didn't do itself any favors by shooting just 5-of-13 at the free-throw line in the meeting. Wright, an 80.2 percent shooter at the charity stripe on the season, not only paces the program with 15.9 ppg, he is also first with close to seven rebounds per contest as well, but still the team is being beaten on the glass by an average of more than five per game. Matt Staff accounts for another 12.8 ppg and he too is another sharpshooter at the line (.946) so the poor effort at the stripe two days ago was rather unusual.
With a 5-2 record on the road so far this season, the Mavericks have proven that they can get the job done in a hostile environment, which is what the squad will probably be facing on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-Arlington 67, Texas State 57
01/12 10:44:12 ET