Seattle (5-10) at Texas-Arlington (8-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 17, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: College Park Center (7,000) -- Arlington, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: Seattle 4-6, UTA 2-4. Away Record: Seattle 1-4, UTA 6-2. Neutral Record: Seattle 0-0, UTA 0-0. Conference Record: Seattle 0-5, UTA 3-2. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between a couple of new members in the Western Athletic Conference takes place on Thursday night as the Mavericks of Texas-Arlington entertain the Seattle Redhawks at College Park Center.
The Mavericks are shooting for their first three-game win streak of the season on Thursday, having recently defeated Texas-San Antonio (75-67) and Texas State (91-74) last week. It is the third time this season that UTA has won back-to-back games, the victories also pushing the group to 3-2 in the WAC as they face a new set of opponents this season.
As for Seattle, the transition hasn't been nearly as smooth with the team losing all five WAC outings to this point. Out on the road, where the Redhawks are just 1-4 in 2012-14, they are heading to the Central tine zone for the first time this season. Last week the team was hunkered down at Key Arena and had a chance to finally break through in conference play, but bowed to New Mexico State in double-overtime (83-82) and then fell against Denver (64-51) which means Seattle has not won since dismissing Campbell (72-49) back on Dec. 22.
Seattle shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first half against the Pioneers in the most recent game over the weekend, but at no point did the Redhawks hold a lead, eventually shooting just 9-of-20 at the free-throw line and missing all nine opportunities from 3-point range in the double-digit loss. Clarence Trent emerged as the lone double-digit scorer for the Redhawks with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Over the course of conference play, Trent leads the program in scoring with 11.8 ppg and is tied for first on the glass with six rebounds per outing, matching Deshaun Sunderhaus (11.0 ppg) on the boards. Also coming up with six rebounds per contest is Prince Obasi who, despite shooting only 31.1 percent from the field in five WAC decisions, is still a crucial piece of the puzzle at the offensive end of the floor due to his team-high 22 assists.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Mavericks against Texas State over the weekend, with Karol Gruszecki doing most of the damage with 23 points. Kevin Butler added 15 points, Brandon Edwards 14 and 13 rebounds, while Jordan Reves and Cameron Catlett chipped in 11 points each as the squad shot 57.1 percent from the field and 12-of-25 beyond the arc. The 91 points were easily the most scored by UTA this season, a team which is averaging only 61.7 ppg overall and 64.2 ppg in league action. Through 14 contests, UTA doesn't have a single double-digit scorer, although Reves is putting in 10.0 ppg in conference bouts. UTA has a mark of 59-18 at home since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign and hasn't had a losing season on its own floor since 1993-94, but given the new set of opponents and where the Mavericks are right now, there's no guarantee that the program can make it 19 straight seasons without a losing mark in their own building.
Being on the road has not been a positive experience for the Redhawks this season, then again UTA is only 2-4 at home thus far so something has to give. Expect the Redhawks to give it their best shot, but for UTA to play just well enough to earn the win at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-Arlington 72, Seattle 68
01/17 10:33:30 ET