UT Arlington avenged a loss against the top team in the Sun Belt on Thursday night, but the Mavericks will need to avoid losing to the bottom-feeder to make their two-game road trip a success.
Fresh off a 61-57 victory over Louisiana-Monroe, UTA (11-7, 5-3) heads to Little Rock to face UALR (7-11, 2-6) at 5 p.m. Saturday in hopes of winning its third consecutive game and gaining more ground in the Sun Belt.
Despite UALR’s 2-6 conference record, the Trojans are averaging 68.9 points a game behind the strength of three players who are averaging more than 11 points a game.
Seven of the Trojans’ 11 losses this season have been by five points or fewer.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
After leading most of the way against Texas State and UL Monroe, the Mavericks found a way to hold off a late run and escape with wins.
With only Johnny Hill scoring more than 10 points per game, the Mavericks aren’t reliant on any single player to carry the load. Instead, UTA has eight players averaging more than five points per game, including three freshmen.
Coach Scott Cross has used 12 different starting lineups this season with a reliance on the previous game’s performance as a decision point.
The young Mavericks are right in the mix of a well-balanced conference that has only four games separating the top team from the bottom team. There isn’t a team with more than 12 wins this season, and six-win South Alabama represents the lowest win total.
UTA men at Arkansas-Little Rock
5 p.m. Saturday, Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock
Radio: KKGM/1630 AM
Records: UTA 11-7, 5-3 Sun Belt; UALR 7-11, 2-6