Men's Basketball

Weekend of upsets has UTA men in middle of Sun Belt pack

While UT Arlington sat idle on Saturday, the Sun Belt Conference went crazy.

Four of the five games on the schedule resulted in an upset, sending the conference into a wide-open race.

That’s exactly what the Mavericks like to hear after falling to Georgia State in their last game. At 7:15 p.m. Monday they’ll host Texas State at College Park Center with a chance to put the loss behind them.

But they’ll need to be efficient to do it.

It’s no secret that Danny Kaspar, the Texas State coach, slows games down and limits the number of possessions a team gets per game. Opponents have averaged just 59.3 points per game, and that includes a pair of double-overtime games.

The Mavericks have the type of offense to counter that. With a strong emphasis on working the ball until there’s an open man, the Mavericks are scoring 71.6 points per game, despite featuring just one player averaging in double figures.

The Bobcats are the best in the conference at grabbing defensive rebounds and ending possessions, so keeping plays alive after a missed shot will be stressed from UTA coach Scott Cross.

With no team running away with the conference, the Sun Belt shapes up to be one of the most parity-filled conferences in college basketball.

The Mavericks enter the game in the middle at 3-3 in conference play.

Texas State

at UTA men

7:15 p.m. Monday, College Park Center

Radio: KKGM/1630 AM

Records: Texas State 10-6, 4-3 Sun Belt; UT Arlington 9-7, 3-3;