Aug. 8, 2014
DENTON - The North Texas and UT Arlington men’s basketball teams will renew their Metroplex rivalry beginning with the 2015-16 season.
The programs will play at UTA’s College Park Center in 2015-16 in a rescheduled matchup that was originally slated for 2013-14. The two schools then agreed to an additional home-and-home series that will bring the Mavericks to the Super Pit in 2016-17, followed by a return to Arlington in 2017-18.
“I’d like to thank Jim Baker and Scott Cross for helping us make this change in the schedule possible, so we can continue this great local series,” said North Texas director of athletics Rick Villarreal. “I’m excited that we extended this rivalry another two years, with the first game taking place at the Super Pit in 2016.”
North Texas and UT Arlington share a rich history that dates back to their first meeting in 1925. The two programs enjoyed a Southland Conference rivalry from 1983-96, and have split their last four matchups. The Mean Green holds a 30-23 edge in the all-time series.
“We are very excited to have UT Arlington on the schedule for the next few seasons, “said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. “I have a lot of respect for Scott Cross and the tremendous job he has done with his program. Many of our players have grown up playing with and against each other, and we really enjoy creating rivalries with quality local teams that our fans are very familiar with. This year’s non-conference schedule includes Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Tech, and in the coming years we would love to include TCU and SMU as well.”