Texas–Arlington Mavericks men's basketball
|University||University of Texas at Arlington|
|Head coach||Scott Cross (9th year)|
|Arena||College Park Center
Blue, White, and Orange
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Texas–Arlington Mavericks men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Sun Belt Conference. Home games are played at College Park Center, located on University of Texas at Arlington's campus in Arlington. The team appeared in the 2008 NCAA tournament, losing against the #1 seed Memphis in the first round, although Memphis was later forced to vacate the win due to infractions committed by the program.
The Mavericks are one of the founding teams of the Southland Conference, which began with five institutions on March 15, 1963. Although only 17 of 56 seasons have resulted in an overall winning record, 6 of the past 8 seasons have winning records, including a school record 24 wins in the 2011-2012 season (as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season). The team won an outright regular season championship in 2012, along with a tie for the 2004 regular season champion and a 2008 conference tournament championship that led to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Until February 2012, the Mavericks played at Texas Hall, which is a 3,300 seat theater on the campus. The teams played on the stage, and fans could watch the game from either the theater seats or the bleacher section.
A new arena called the College Park Center with a seating capacity of 7,000 hosted the final four regular season home games for the team in 2012. The facility is located on the eastern side of the campus along with new housing, parking, and retail developments.
The Mavericks have had 7 coaches, listed below, in their 51-year history. Scott Cross is the current coach.
- Tom Tinker - 1959-1966 (7 seasons)
- Barry Dowd - 1966-1976 (10 seasons)
- Bob LeGrande - 1976-1987 (11 seasons)
- Jerry Stone - 1987-1988 (1 season)
- Mark Nixon - 1988-1992 (4 seasons)
- Eddie McCarter - 1992-2006 (14 seasons)
- Scott Cross - 2006–present (entering 8th season)
NCAA Tournament results
The Mavericks have appeared in the NCAA Tournament once. Their record is 0–1.
|2008||First Round||Memphis||L 63–87^|
^Memphis win vacated for NCAA infractions
The Mavericks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their record is 0–2.
|1981||First Round||South Alabama||L 81–84|
|2012||First Round||Washington||L 72–82|
The Mavericks have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2013||First Round||Oral Roberts||L 76–84|
|Tom Tinker (Independent) (1959–1963)|
|Tom Tinker:||31-65 (.323)|
|Tom Tinker (Southland Conference) (1963–1966)|
|Tom Tinker:||23-48 (.324)||5-19 (.208)|
|Barry Dowd (Southland Conference) (1966–1976)|
|Barry Dowd:||80-168 (.323)||34-48 (.415)|
|Bob LeGrande (Southland Conference) (1976–1987)|
|1980–1981||LeGrande||20-8||7-3||T-2nd||NIT First Round|
|Bob LeGrande:||122-184 (.399)||30-78 (.278)|
|Jerry Stone (Southland Conference) (1987–1988)|
|Jerry Stone:||7-22 (.241)||4-10 (.286)|
|Mark Nixon (Southland Conference) (1988–1992)|
|Mark Nixon:||56-59 (.487)||32-28 (.533)|
|Eddie McCarter (Southland Conference) (1992–2006)|
|Eddie McCarter:||179-211 (.459)||111-127 (.466)|
|Scott Cross (Southland Conference) (2006–2012)|
|2007–2008||Cross||21-12||7-9||7th||NCAA First Round|
|2011–2012||Cross||24–9||15–1||1st (West)||NIT First Round|
|Scott Cross (Western Athletic Conference) (2012–2013)|
|2012–2013||Cross||19–14||11–7||T-4th||CIT First Round|
|Scott Cross (Sun Belt Conference) (2013–present)|
|Scott Cross:||153-128 (.544)||84-68 (.553)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion