HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – HBU is 0-2 since Great West Conference play began January 19. Both were road losses at NJIT and Chicago State. However, on Tuesday night they will host current Southland opponent Texas-Arlington who is 13-5 in a non-conference matchup. But, in the meantime, Huskies Head Coach Ron Cottrell wants his team to focus on the elements of their play that need correcting before the next road game.
“We have a Southland opponent moving to the WAC before we get there – but, (a) really, really good opponent. We played them tough the last few years and I think our guys will be ready to play at Sharp (Gym) again.”
The losses to NJIT and Chicago State were by a total of 26 points. The Huskies did not play well at NJIT and lost by three in overtime to Chicago State.
“We got to bounce back after a tough road trip. It was not the outcomes that we wanted. The outcomes were a product of the fact that we didn’t play the way we needed to play. And so we need to get some things corrected (Tuesday night) before we go on the road again for another conference game.”
The Huskies will travel to Edinburg to face the Texas-Pan American Broncos in a conference tilt on Saturday. But, on Wednesday, Cottrell and his team need a good tune-up against the Mavericks before hitting the road.
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HBU is 5-2 at home this season while UT-Arlington has won nine in a row, including all six of its Southland Conference contests. UT-Arlington leads the all-time series 17-7 and won both meetings last season.