#119 UT Arlington Men's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

UT Arlington Mavericks
2019-2020 Overall Rank: #119
Conference Rank: #3 Sun Belt
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UT Arlington’s 17-16 record last season does not sound very impressive. However, the Mavericks finished second in Sun Belt play with a 12-6 record and played an extremely difficult non-conference schedule. Overall it was a very promising debut campaign for Coach Chris Ogden and UTA fans should be excited for the future. The present is not too bad either with five of their top six scorers returning.
2018-19 Record: 17-16, 12-6
2018-19 Postseason: None
Coach: Chris Ogden
Coach Record: 17-16 at UT Arlington, 17-16 overall
Key Departed Players:
DJ Bryant, Guard, 2.4 ppg
Edric Dennis, 14.3 ppg
Pedro Castro, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Andres Ibarguen, 6.6 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Brian Warren, Senior, Guard, 15.4 ppg
Ayoub Nouhi, Sophomore, Forward, 2.5 ppg
David Azore, Sophomore, Forward, 8.4 ppg
Radshad Davis, Senior, Forward, 8.0 ppg
Jabari Narcis, Senior, Center, 3.1 ppg
TiAndre Jackson-Young, Senior, Forward, 6.7 ppg
Patrick Mwamba, Sophomore, Forward, 3.3 ppg
Key New Players:
McKade Marquis, RS Freshman, Forward
Jordan Phillips, RS Freshman, Transfer from Arkansas, Eligible 2nd Semester
Tre Jones, Freshman, Forward
Coleman Sparling, Junior, Forward, JC Transfer
Sam Griffin, Freshman, Guard
Nicolas Elame, Freshman, Guard
Grayson Carter, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Georgetown, not eligible
Senior Brian Warren is the player that makes the offense tick. He led the team with 15.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals last season and is a dangerous scorer from anywhere on the floor. Radshad Davis and TiAndre Jackson-Young are the other shooters on the team. UT Arlington does not win games because of their outside shooting, but it would go a long way if Warren, Davis and Jackson-Young could boost their three-point shooting percentage. Davis Azore had a very promising freshman campaign, averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. The 6-4 forward plays bigger than he is and could emerge as a consistent double-digit scorer with a year of experience under his belt. Fellow undersized forwards Ayoub Nouhi and Patrick Mwamba also earned some quality minutes as freshmen and should be ready to take the next step. Jabari Narcis is the only returning player who has the size to bang around in the paint. As a junior, the 6-9 center did not see too much playing time, but he will be asked to do more this season. He will get some help though from the newcomers, especially from Arkansas transfer Jordan Phillips and junior college transfer Coleman Sparling. Following a surprisingly solid 2018-2019 season, this UT Arlington team should be ready to start strong and again push for a conference title.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.2 (269th in nation, 12th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.8 (134, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 40.9 (323, 12)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.3 (90, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.1 (238, 10)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.3 (337, 12)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.1 (66, 3)
Rebound Margin: 2.4 (101, 3)
Assists Per Game: 12.8 (227, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.2 (284, 11)