Texas-Arlington takes on Texas State in Sun Belt action on Saturday afternoon at 5pmET. The Mavs are 4-5 in the Sun Belt, while the Bobcats are 5-4.
Last year, UTA won both games including an 84-77 win in overtime on the road.
Road warriorsTexas-Arlington is coming off an 81-65 road win over Louisiana on Jan. 16 and a 78-58 win over ULM on Jan. 18. Last Saturday, the Mavericks took apart the Warhawks, led by Brian Warren and Radshad Davis, who had 19 points apiece. Davis also grabbed 14 rebounds as UTA dominated the glass by 25 over Louisiana-Monroe. They also held ULM to just 38% shooting and 3-of-16 (19%) from beyond the arc.
Guard David Azore (6-4, 205) leads the Mavericks with 15.7 points per game with 5.0 rebounds on 47.4% shooting (39.7% 3pt). Warren (5-9, 170) adds 13.1 points and 3.7 assists.
UTA averages 71.4 points per game on 41.7% shooting (30.7% 3pt). They struggle on the boards (-1.4) but shoot free throws well (76.1%). Defensively, they allow 68.6 points per game on 40.6% shooting (30.9% 3pt). KenPom has UT Arlington at 112th, despite the 8-12 overall record. They are also ranked 101st in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Bobcats on fireTexas State lost to Troy at home 71-63 on Jan. 6 as a 10.5-point favorite. Since then, they've won four straight beating Coastal Carolina (78-66), Appalachian State (82-57), ULM on the road (64-63), and Louisiana-Lafayette (68-59). In their victory over Louisiana, Nijal Pearson led the way with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting (4-12 3pt). The Bobcats shot just 43% from the floor (8-25 3pt), but they held Louisiana to 36% shooting and 6-of-19 from beyond the arc (32%). Texas State also forced 16 turnovers from the Ragin' Cajuns.
Pearson (6-5, 200) leads the way for the Bobcats with 19.1 points per game with 5.0 rebounds on 42.9% shooting (38.4% 3pt). Overall, Texas State has a pretty good offense, averaging 72.7 points per game on 45.5% shooting (34.1% 3pt). They are outstanding on the defensive end, holding teams to just 64.1 points per game (58th) on 39.7% shooting (35% 3pt).
- 1-5-1 ATS last 7 after an ATS win.
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