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The Mean Green basketball teams complete their trip through the “Natural State” with a pair of matchups against Arkansas State. The men tip-off against the Indians at 3:05 p.m. and the women at 7:00 p.m. Both games can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
The Mean Green men are the Sun Belt’s top offensive club, averaging a league-leading 81.7 points per game and 48.4 shooting percentage. North Texas fell to 127 in the official RPI Ratings following the loss to UALR on Thursday.
NT, 1-1 against the RPI’s top 100 teams, earned a Sagarin rating of 135. One of the nation’s most potent benches, North Texas’ sideline is averaging 13.9 points per game more than its counterpart, outscoring the opponent’s bench 456-248. Arkansas State is coming off a 77-69 loss to Sun Belt newcomer Louisiana Monroe.
The Indians bring one of the conferences’ toughest defenses, holding opponents to a 42.1 field goal percentage, while at the same time, shooting a league-high 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Indians maintain a 14-9 hold on the all-time series between the two programs, but the Mean Green is 3-0 in Jonesboro since joining the Sun Belt in 2000-01.
The Indians have won two of the last three game against North Texas, but NT took the last meeting 82-79 on Jan. 21, 2006 after rallying from a 10-point second-half deficit.
The North Texas women conclude their eight-game road trip with the visit to Arkansas State. The Mean Green is coming off a loss to UALR and is 2-5 on the current road trip. Arkansas State enters the game as one of the hottest teams in the Sun Belt Conference having won five straight games and are a perfect 4-0 in conference play through the first four games.
Tina Slinker is in her 18th year of coaching with an overall record of 222-257. Slinker has the most win’s in North Texas women’s basketball history and the second most wins among active coaches in the Sun Belt Conference. Slinker led the Mean Green to the 2005-06 SBC West Division title and has guided NT to four conference division titles. She has a 2-5 record against Arkansas State.
The Indians are led by eighth-year head coach Brian Boyer. He has the second most wins in Arkansas State history and has led the Indians to three WNIT appearances in his time. He has compiled a record of 121-100 at Arkansas State.