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March 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Scouting report: Texas-Arlington

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Scouting report: No. 8 Texas-Arlington
Game info: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: ESPNU (Justin Kutcher and Tim McCormick.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 24-18.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Scott Cross, a 1998 UTA graduate, is 103-81-69 in his sixth season with the Mavericks.
Prediction: Picked to finish third in the Southland Conference West division in both the coaches’ and sports information directors preseason polls.
Series: This is the first meeting between Washington and UT Arlington.
Previous game: Lost 92-72 to McNeese State in the second round of the Southland Conference Tournament.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior guard LaMarcus Reed III (right) is the star for Texas Arlington and he takes the bulk of the shots. He shoots 46.8 percent from the field, 39 percent on three-pointers and 79.7 percent on free throws. He was a first-team all-conference selection. He led the league in scoring in conference games averaging 20.4 points. He became the 22nd player in UTA history with at least 1,00 career points. He has 569 points this season, which is the fourth highest in school history. His 17.8 scoring average is tops among the team. He’s scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games. Reed’s breakout performance was a 22-point outing against Kent State when he made the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds remaining. He is a three-year letter-winner.
— Senior forward Bo Ingram was named second team all-conference after averaging 12.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. He had 20 double-digit scoring games and six 20-point scoring games. His season high is 23 points.


OVERVIEW:
— Texas Arlington won the Southland Conference regular-season title with a 15-1 record, which ties the best mark in league history for a 16-game schedule. Next year, UTA will move to the Western Athletic Conference along with newcomer Seattle University.
— The Mavericks won a school record 24 games this season breaking the old mark of 21. They won 16 straight games before finishing the season with a 4-3 record. They’re 1-2 in the past three games.
— This is UTA’s second appearance in the NIT. It’s only other showing was in 1981 when it lost in the first round. UTA is 0-2 all-time in the postseason, including a first-round defeat in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
— The Mavs are 0-5 against Pac-12 teams. They’re 0-3 against Colorado, 0-1 versus Oregon and 0-1 against Utah.
— UTA went 224-626 from 3-point range over the season both of which are the fourth highest total in school history. The 35.8 percent shooting from three-point range is the 8th-best in school history.
— The Mavs are holding opponents to a 40.6 percent shooting from the floor, which finished third in the league and have held 17 opponents under 41 percent. The 40.6 percentage ties for the lowest for an opponent in school history.
— UTA held opponents to just 67.2 points per game, which is the third lowest total in school history and the lowest since 1961-62.
— The lineup below has started 30 of 32 games.
STARTING LINEUP:
C – Jordan Reves, 6-10, 240, Jr., 9.2 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 1.8 bpg.
F – Kevin Butler, 6-5, 210, Jr., 10.9, 5.8, 1.5 apg.
F – Bo Ingram, 6-5, 195, Sr., 12.7, 4.2, 0.7
G – LaMarcus Reed III, 6-5, 200, Sr., 17.8, 3.8, 1.7
G – Shaquille White-Miller, 5-9, 165, So., 4.7, 2.2, 3.6
KEY MATCHUP:
— It’s important the Huskies keep tabs on Reed and Ingram. Both like to score in transition and are adept at playing at a fast tempo. The Huskies will have a size advantage inside and at point guard. Teams like UT Arlington don’t tend to matchup well against a skilled 7-footer like Aziz N’Diaye. Washington may also look to exploit 5-9 Miller with 6-3 Abdul Gaddy or 6-5 Tony Wroten Jr.

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