UT Arlington will earn a nice chunk of change when the Mavericks men tip off at Ohio State at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Buckeyes are paying UTA $100,000, the first of four “money” games UTA has scheduled over the next three weeks.
After Friday’s game, Memphis (on Monday) and Texas (Dec. 1) will each pay UTA $100,000 and UTEP will pay $80,000 for a game Dec. 5 in El Paso.
“It certainly helps to supplement our budget,” UTA athletic director Jim Baker said. “We sat down and figured we needed about $300,000 this year, and we were able to get the extra one to help pay for the Bahamas trip.”
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In August, UTA traveled to the Bahamas as part of an international tour allowed every four years by the NCAA.
In the past five years, the Mavericks (1-1) have played money games against Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas.
UTA enters Value City Arena hoping to pull off its first win over a Big Ten team. They’re 0-8 against the conference, but the Buckeyes are unranked despite a 2-0 start.
UTA has started fast in both games this season, outscoring Fordham and Louisiana Tech a combined 81-55 in the first half. But the Mavs let a 10-point halftime lead turn into a 12-point loss Tuesday at Louisiana Tech.
UTA men at Ohio State
6 p.m. Friday