The UT Arlington men’s basketball team couldn’t get out of Denver quickly enough.After falling flat on their face in an 84-55 loss Thursday to Denver the Mavericks close out the regular season against New Mexico State at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M., without much to gain except momentum.As a snowstorm heads to Denver that could threaten the Pioneers’ WAC-deciding championship game with Louisiana Tech on Saturday, the Aggies and Mavericks are locked into the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds with their quarterfinal matchup in the Western Athletic Conference tournament already determined.UTA will face Utah State at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, while New Mexico State faces Idaho at 1 p.m. Thursday. But on Saturday, both teams still have a game to play.As UTA tries to recover from its 29-point loss, the Aggies are rolling after upsetting Louisiana Tech 78-60. Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies with 14 points per game, including a 23-point effort against Louisiana Tech.The Mavericks handled New Mexico State with ease in their first meeting this season. In their WAC opener, Kevin Butler scored 18 points and the Mavericks held the Aggies to 33.3 percent shooting.
UT Arlington at
New Mexico State
8 p.m. Saturday
Pan American Center, Las Cruces, N.M.
Records: UTA 17-11, 11-6 WAC; NMSU 20-10, 13-4
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