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Hoop Dreams Realized

Record-breaking seasons, historic achievements, and more for UTA’s basketball teams

A new era for UTA basketball is well underway as the Maverick men concluded their most successful season yet, the Maverick women made program history, the men's wheelchair team won another national championship, while the women's wheelchair team got very close.

Kevin Hervey

Under the direction of Coach Scott Cross, the Maverick men's team won a program-record 27 games, claimed its first-ever Sun Belt Conference championship, and advanced to the quarterfinals in the prestigious National Invitation Tournament. The season featured a number of firsts, including a win over the University of Texas at Austin.

Junior forward Kevin Hervey returned from injury to catch the eye of professional scouts and earned the distinction of being named the program's first-ever Sun Belt Player of the Year. He was the second men's player in team history to earn All-America recognition. Cross was named the conference's Coach of the Year and junior guard Erick Neal finished fifth in the nation in average assists.

Lady Maverick basketball had a 22-9 season—tied for the third-most wins in program history—and its first appearance in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The team headed into the Sun Belt Conference Championship tournament as the No. 2 seed. The University of South Alabama gave the Lady Mavs its first SBC tournament win, but Troy University ended the Lady Mavs' season in the semifinals.

The Movin' Mavs men's team won its eighth national championship in March, the first in 11 years and the first under Coach Doug Garner. The Lady Movin' Mavs concluded a stellar regular season, taking second in the nation after a loss to the University of Alabama.

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