Texas State (7-16) at Texas-Arlington (10-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 8:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: College Park Center (7,000) -- Arlington, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: Texas State 4-7, UT-Arlington 0-0. Away Record: Texas State 1-8, UT-Arlington 0-0. Neutral Record: Texas State 2-1, UT- Arlington 0-0. Conference Record: Texas State 3-7, UT-Arlington 0-0. Series Record: Texas State leads, 30-29.
GAME NOTES: The Texas-Arlington Mavericks will go for another home-and-home sweep of the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday as the two Sun Belt Conference rivals hook up at College Park Center.
Both teams have struggled in conference play this year, but the Mavericks are coming off an 85-74 victory over the ULM Warhawks on Thursday. Lonnie McClanahan scored 23 points and Brandon Edwards netted 19, as the club snapped a three-game losing streak.
UTA, which outscored the Warhawks 40-28 in the paint and outrebounded them 40-29, has grown accustomed to high-scoring outputs this season, as it pours in 78.1 ppg. The defense, however, ranks near the bottom of the national rankings, yielding 76.0 ppg. Reger Dowell leads the way with 20.6 ppg on 74- of-199 from 3-point range (.372). Edwards is a staple in the frontcourt with 15.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 1.8 bpg, McClanahan brings 15.7 ppg and 3.9 apg to the table, and Janel Outler chips in 10.7 ppg to the balanced effort.
On Thursday, Texas State had its game against Georgia State postponed because of the weather conditions in the Atlanta area, and that means the Bobcats have had a week off since last taking the hardwood, when they dropped a heartbreaker to Louisiana.
The Bobcats blew a late 12-point lead and were done in by Xavian Rimmer's 3- pointer with 10 seconds left, which lifted the Ragin' Cajuns to a 67-66 victory.
Joel Wright, who turned the ball over on Texas State's final possession, had a team-best 17 points, while Phil Hawkins and Wes Davis each provided 14 in the setback.
Texas State has struggled at the offensive end this season, scoring only 63.3 ppg to rank last in the league. However, the Bobcats are surrendering an SBC- low 66 ppg to their opposition. Wright is the catalyst with 15 ppg and 6.2 rpg, while Emani Gant (10.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg) makes good on just under 58 percent of his attempts from the floor.
Back on Jan. 18, UTA downed the Bobcats 56-48 in a defensive battle in San Marcos. Dowell came of the bench to score a team-high 16 points, and the Mavericks survived 19 turnovers en route to a fifth straight win over their conference foe.
A win by UT-Arlington on Saturday would even the all-time series at 30-30, and the Mavs should be able to coast to a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-Arlington 80, Texas State 67
02/15 10:20:49 ET