ARLINGTON, Texas It's been almost 25 years since a current member of the Big 12 Conference founds its way to a basketball court on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Oklahoma State ventured to Texas Hall on Dec. 3, 1987, and was knocked off by the Mavericks 69-58.
UTA is hoping for similar results Friday night when the Mavericks host Oklahoma at 7 p.m. at College Park Center in what's arguably the biggest-game ever at the downtown Arlington school.
"It's important to win with OU here," said UTA head coach Scott Cross. "That's my expectation is to win the basketball game. The days of just showing up and trying to draw a paycheck and being somebody's whipping boy are over. We have to take that next step."
Taking the next step would be huge for UTA, which is off to a 1-0 start. There will certainly be plenty of people watching. UTA's basketball complex opened towards the end of last season and the Mavericks drew well against the likes of Texas-San Antonio.