NT Hoops Looking For Fourth Straight At UALR
NT Can Make Up SBC Ground At UALR Thursday Night
North Texas (6-9, 1-3 SBC) at UALR (9-8, 3-3 SBC)
Jan. 10, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Little Rock, Ark. • Jack Stephens Center (5,600)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: None • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: UALR leads 16-9 • Streak: NT won last 3 at UALR
Last Meeting: NT won 75-67 (OT) on Feb. 23, 2012 at UALR
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The North Texas men’s basketball team takes to the road to face UALR looking for its fourth straight win at the Trojans’ Jack Stephens Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
Despite a rocky start, North Texas is still just 2.5 games back of Sun Belt West Division leader Arkansas State following a weekend that saw the league’s top five teams go a combined 5-5.
The Mean Green has lost a combined 22 games to injury so far this season, but those unfortunate situations have allowed several players to flourish. P.J. Hardwick has averaged 6.5 assists per game since entering the starting lineup, and has posted a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio - the exact same mark as Chris Jones on the year.
Justin Patton poured in a career-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting against ULM, and is averaging 10.0 points in two starts, while Jordan Williams is averaging 14.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting over the last five outings.
North Texas has won five of the last six regular season meetings with the Trojans, including a 75-67 overtime win over UALR in Little Rock. UALR leads the all-time series 16-9, including a 14-7 mark since North Texas joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2000-01. UALR took the meeting in Denton last season, 69-66.
One of the Sun Belt’s toughest venues, North Texas has picked up wins in its last three trips to the Jack Stephen’s Center. Opened in 2005-06, North Texas lost its first four games in the arena before picking up wins in 2010 (83-78), 2011 (72-69) and 2012 (75-67 OT). NT’s last five games at the Stephens Center have been decided by a total of 19 points (3.8 average deciding margin).