Men's Basketball

Ohio State first of four ‘money’ games for UT Arlington men

UTA coach Scott Cross will take his team to play at Ohio State on Friday for a big payday, but a win would be priceless.
UTA coach Scott Cross will take his team to play at Ohio State on Friday for a big payday, but a win would be priceless. Special to the Star-Telegram

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.”

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

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