The men’s basketball team plays Utah State for its last regular season home game at College Park Center Saturday evening and will include a pregame ceremony honoring the four seniors.
This season the Maverick’s were ranked as the nation’s fourth-best defensive team and, have a 10-5 conference record. The team has won the past 5 out of 6 games with a tough home game lose to UC Irvine. UCI was one of eight opponents all season that were about to shot better than 40 percent against the Mavericks.
When asked about the team’s performance Vincent Dillard, UTA forward, said, “ We played hard and it was a good game, but we did not play to our potential. We can and will play better by addressing our mistakes so we can improve our performance.”
UTA played Utah State on January 24th in Logan, Utah. The Aggies were quick to put points on the board but the Mavericks were able to tie the score by half time. UTA was able to hold strong the entire second half and overcome this opponent.
Greg Gainey, UTA forward, said,” We can’t assume that since we won the last game against Utah State that this outcome will be the same. Our team has continued to practice and prepare for Saturday as if our teams have never played before.”
With much anticipation, the men’s basketball team has dedicated many hours training and studying for the game Saturday. Additionally players must meet with the athletic trainers to maintain treatment of minor injuries, injury prevention, or to improve consistent physical performance. Outside of practice, it is the responsibility for the players to stay physically fit, healthy, and maintain their academics. Chris McNelly, athletic trainer, said, “ Overall, the guy are very good about taking care of themselves, and is dedicated to becoming better athletes with all aspects of the game.”
College Park Center is expected to set a record attendance for the game filling the stands with Maverick spirit. At that time, UTA will also honor the seniors who have lead this team to many victories. For the team and fans Saturday’s last home game will be bittersweet.
- Junior Forward Vincent Dillard
- Junior Forward Greg Gainey
- Athletic Trainer Chris McNelly