As luck would have it, in a season that appears to be full of promise and optimism for the UTA men's basketball team, other teams in the historically one-bid Southland Conference are off to an equally stellar start.
The Mavericks are off to an 8-0 start, and find themselves ranked 15th in the rpi and 14th in collegeinsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25.
Sam Houston St., ranked 11th in the rpi and ninth in the Mid-Major Top 25, is 8-0 with wins over Fresno St., St. Louis, UW-Milwuakee and Bobby Knight's Red Raiders. The Bearkats are led by senior forward Ryan Bright and are probably the pre-season front runner within the Southland.
Stephen F. Austin, led by head coach Danny Caspar and his moustache, just knocked off the Sooners in Norman and are now 7-1. They also broke into the Mid-Major Top 25 this week and should be an obstacle in Sam Houston St. and UTA's attempt at a conference title.
It may be safe to say that many if not most DFW sports fans do not even know what the Southland Conference is, or that UTA has an athletics program at all. But for those in the know, basketball in the SLC will be a show worth watching this season.
-- Trey Benedict