UTA (19-13) missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth by losing to New Mexico State, 64-55, in Saturday night’s finals of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. The bid to the CIT to face Oral Roberts (18-14) marks the team’s second consecutive postseason appearance, following a berth in the 2012 NIT, and fourth in school history. It will be the team’s third postseason berth under coach Scott Cross.
Cross took the team to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the school’s lone berth in that event. UTA also competed in the 1981 NIT.
Wednesday’s game will mark the first postseason contest at College Park Center, a 7,000-seat on-campus arena opened on Feb. 1, 2012.
In a statement, UTA athletics director Jim Baker said: “We’re extremely excited to continue our season … To be in the postseason for the second year in a row shows the tremendous progress coach Cross, his staff and the players are making in building our program into something special at UT Arlington.”
Ticket sales for the contest will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, with prices ranging from $3 for students (general admission), with reserved seats priced at $6 or $10 depending on the section. Group ticket discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. For ticket information, visit www.utatickets.com or call 817-272-9595.
_ Jimmy Burch