Men's Hoops Looks To Bounce Back Against First Place Old Dominion

Jan. 5, 2018

North Texas men's basketball vs. Old Dominion
Date | Time  Saturday, Jan. 6 | 5 p.m.
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Live Stats
Stream  C-USA.TV ($)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Hank Dickenson (PxP)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | ODU

DENTON - The North Texas men's basketball team will look to bounce back after suffering its first Conference USA loss by taking on first place Old Dominion Saturday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Super Pit.

The Mean Green (9-7, 2-1 C-USA) played another close down-to-the-wire game against Charlotte but this time fell victim to a last-second layup in the closing seconds to suffer their first C-USA loss of the season. North Texas was 5-1 in games decided by five points or less coming into the matchup against the 49ers but couldn't hold a late four-point lead with two minutes left.

Three players finished in double-figures with senior Shane Temara and sophomore Roosevelt Smart scoring 12 points apiece. Freshman Zachary Simmons added 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Woolridge dished out a career-high 11 assists, the most by a North Texas player since 2011.

Smart continues to lead the team in scoring at 18.3 points per game and has scored 292 total points, 50th in the nation. Smart hit four three-pointers against Charlotte and has hit a team-best 52, which is 14th in the nation.

Woolridge leads the team in assists with 81 and is second in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Woolridge has been an iron man all season playing every minute in five-straight games and is seventh in the nation in total minutes played.

The Mean Green are hoping to keep getting more bench production after stellar outings from junior Tope Arikawe, Jorden Duffy and Allante Holston. The bench finished with 24 points, the most in the last three games.

Tickets for Saturday's game against the Monarchs can be purchased for a 50 percent discount with the New Year flash sale by using the promo code: HappyNewYear

About the Opponent: Old Dominion
• This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams with Old Dominion winning all seven meetings.

• Last season, North Texas lost to ODU twice on Jan. 2, 55-48, and Jan. 28, 73-67. In the last meeting, the Mean Green lost 73-67 at the Super Pit after ODU's Ahmad Caver finished with 18 points. Shane Temara had 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

• Old Dominion enters with an 11-3 record, 2-0 in Conference USA play. The Monarchs have won six in a row, including two overtime games. ODU is coming off a 82-75 win in overtime on the road at Rice on Jan. 4.

• B.J. Stith leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game and is second on the team with 26 three-pointers made. Ahmad Caver sits second in scoring at 14.8 points per game and leads the team with 31 three-pointers made. Brandan Stith leads the team in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game.

• Old Dominion leads the C-USA in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 61.8 points per game and second in scoring margin at 12.8. The Monarchs only allow 38.2 percent shooting from opposing offenses.

• ODU currently is tied for first-place in the C-USA and is tied with Marshall for the most wins with 11.



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