The UT-Arlington Mavericks and the Arizona Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the McKale Center on Sunday.
UT-Arlington Falls To New Mexico
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will try to rebound from a heartbreaking 82-80 loss to New Mexico in their last matchup for their first loss of the season. DaJuan Gordon leads the Mavericks in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 17 PPG and 13 RPG along with 3 APG as well while Shemar Wilson has 15.3 PPG and 11.7 RPG, with a double-double per game of his own as well. Kade Douglas has 10.5 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UT-Arlington so far this year while Makaih Williams has 9.7 PPG and 3.7 APG. Brandyn Talbot has 7.7 PPG with 3.3 RPG and a team-high 4 APG to lead the Mavericks in the assist department this season. As a team, UT-Arlington is averaging 83.3 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.7% from three and 74.1% from the foul line this season.
Arizona Routs Belmont
The Arizona Wildcats come into this one looking to build on their 100-68 blowout win over Belmont last time out. Keshad Johnson leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 14 PPG and 6.5 RPG while Kylan Boswell has 13.5 PPG with 4.8 RPG and 4 APG. Caleb Love has 13 PPG with 3.8 RPG and a team-high 4.5 APG to lead the Wildcats in assists while Motiejus Krivas has 12.5 PPG with 6.5 RPG of his own. Oumar Bello’s added 11.8 PPG and 6 RPG while Pelle Larsson has 11 PPG with 4 RPG and 2.5 APG to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Arizona so far this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 99.3 PPG on 52.4% shooting from the field, 40.2% from three and 74.3% from the foul line this season.
I’m backing Arizona here. The Mavericks did well against New Mexico even in defeat, but going from New Mexico to Arizona is a completely different test. The Wildcats have been elite offensively so far this season and have pretty much run every team out of the gym that’s stepped up against them. Look for this game to be no different as Arizona could hit the century mark again. Give me the Wildcats laying the big number.