Men's Basketball

UT Arlington on verge of most basketball wins

Erick Neal, right, and UT Arlington take on Savannah State on Wednesady in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Erick Neal, right, and UT Arlington take on Savannah State on Wednesady in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. AP

UT Arlington is playing postseason basketball, even if it’s not the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

The Mavericks, who play Savannah State for the first time at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the road in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, is looking to keep a record-breaking season going.

“I view it as a second chance, and it’s good to know that the season isn’t over yet,” coach Scott Cross said.

After a semifinal loss to Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt Tournament, the Mavericks (23-10) still have a chance to tie or set a school record for wins in a season. A win over the Tigers would tie the 2011-12 team with 24 wins.

The CIT doesn’t have a set bracket layout and the teams are ranked via Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, so should UTA win, the Mavericks won’t know their next opponent until the second round is complete.

They do have the potential to face fellow Sun Belt opponents UL Lafayette and UL Monroe, which the Mavericks went 1-4 against this season.

I view it as a second chance and it’s good to know that the season isn’t over yet.

UTA coach Scott Cross

After a 13-2 start to the season, UTA seemed to be a popular sleeper pick as an at-large team in the NCAA Tournament. But the Mavericks struggled after Kevin Hervey was injured, and went 10-8 down the stretch.

Savannah State (16-15) started 7-13, but won nine of its last 11 games. The Tigers are led by Troyce Manassa, who’s scoring 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a game.

The last time the Mavericks went to the CIT, they were bounced in the first round by Oral Roberts at the College Park Center in 2013. The game will be streamed on watchcollegeinsider.com

UTA at Savannah State

6 p.m. Wednesday

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