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Texas-Arlington (12-9) at Idaho (9-14)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 14, 10:05 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Cowan Spectrum (7,000) -- Moscow, Idaho. Television: None. Home Record: UTA 4-6, Idaho 5-6. Away Record: UTA 8-3, Idaho 4-7. Neutral Record: UTA 0-0, Idaho 0-1. Conference Record: UTA 7-5, Idaho 5-8. Series Record: Idaho leads, 2-1.

GAME NOTES: The Mavericks of Texas-Arlington shoot for their first three-game win streak of the 2012-13 season on Thursday night, as they clash with the Idaho Vandals in Western Athletic Conference action at the Cowan Spectrum.

Four times previously, the Mavericks have won back-to-back games this season, but they have yet to notch that third win in as many outings. Last week, the team thumped Texas State at home, 75-50, and then followed that up with a 68-63 triumph versus Texas-San Antonio last Saturday in order to move to an impressive 7-5 in league play.

Meanwhile, the Vandals have dropped two straight and three of their last four outings overall, having been swept by the Denver Pioneers with a 74-58 setback over the weekend in Colorado. Last month Denver, yet another new addition to the WAC, posted a 55-49 win in Moscow and now the Vandals are just 5-6 in their own building and 5-8 in conference play, which leaves them in the bottom half of the standings.

Because the Mavericks are one of the latest additions to the WAC, this game is just the fourth in the series between the teams, with Idaho having won two of the first three encounters. Last month, UTA was topped by the Vandals at home, 77-64.

Kevin Butler scored a team-best 17 points in 31 minutes as the Mavericks slipped by UTSA at home last weekend. Also scoring in double figures were Greg Gainey and Shaquille White-Miller with 13 points apiece, while Jordan Reves came up two points shy of a double-double as he logged a game-high 13 rebounds. The squad won the rebounding battle, 42-33, and that was crucial considering they turned the ball over 20 times.

Not much of an offensive team this season, the Mavericks are generating just 62.2 ppg, but the good news is that the defense is holding foes to 60.2 ppg on a mere 36.4 percent from the floor and 29.9 percent behind the 3-point line. Butler is the lone double-digit scorer for the group with his 10.1 ppg, as there are a total of eight players on the roster scoring at least 5.6 ppg at the moment.

Idaho scored a total of just 14 points in the first half against the Pioneers in the last outing and while the visitors did show signs of life after intermission with 44 points, it was already too late. Mike McChristian and Stephen Madison both tallied 14 points and combined for 11 of the unit's 27 rebounds, but the squad was held down by the fact that Kyle Barone attempted just two shots from the floor and finished with eight points in 19 minutes of action.

Barone, one of three to have started every conference game for the Vandals, leads the way with 17.1 ppg and is also tops with 10.6 rpg, but the wins are still hard to come by. Madison (13.4 ppg) has been coming off the bench recently to give the group a spark, but his 28.6 percent effort beyond the arc has hurt more than helped. Connor Hill (12.9 ppg) is just the opposite though with his 47.4 percent effort out on the perimeter.

If Barone takes a back seat again on Thursday night, the Vandals are going to have a hard time generating offense against UTA and that might be all the Mavericks need to score the victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-Arlington 62, Idaho 55

02/14 11:05:16 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR