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Team preview: Texas-Arlington

COACH AND PROGRAM

As the Mavericks wound their way through British Columbia on an August tour, they were amused to hear the locals talking about the "heat wave" that had descended upon the Canadian province. Temperatures pushed into the low 90s, and sweat pooled just about everywhere. For UTA's players and coaches, the warm temperatures were a respite from the tropical climes of north Texas, which experienced more than 60 days of 100-degree temperatures during the summer.

"I think it dipped down to 99 the other day," UTA coach Scott Cross said. "It was 107 yesterday."