Men’s Basketball Road Trip Begins At Rice

Jan. 12, 2018

North Texas men's basketball at Rice
Date | Time  Saturday, Jan. 13 | 2 p.m.
Location   Houston, TX | Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208)
Live Stats   meangreenstats.com
Stream ESPN3 - Matt Pedersen (PxP), Nate Griffin (Color)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | Rice

DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball team has had a couple extra days to prepare for its road game at Rice on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Mean Green (9-8, 2-2 C-USA) are hoping to continue their recent solid play on the road after dropping two home games last weekend to Charlotte (70-68) and Old Dominion (63-60). North Texas has played four-straight Conference USA games decided by three points or less for the first time in school history.

Sophomore Ryan Woolridge dished out a career-high 11 assists against Charlotte and finished with 13 points and six assists against ODU. Woolridge is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game and has handed out 87 assists. Sophomore Roosevelt Smart leads the team in scoring at 18 points per game and is 14th nationally in three-pointer made at 55. Smart is 35 three-pointers away from tying the school record set by Calvin Watson during the 2006-07 season.

Junior Jorden Duffy scored 11 points off the bench against ODU and has played in 14 games for the Mean Green. Duffy is third on the team with 18 three-pointers made. Senior Shane Temara will look to bounce back against Rice after being held to two points against ODU.

North Texas will continue its road trip by heading to Ruston, Louisiana to take on LA Tech on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. broadcasted on the Stadium network.

About the Opponent: Rice
• This will be the 22nd meeting between the two teams with North Texas holding a 13-8 all-time record. Rice has won the last three meetings.

• Last season, Rice scored 50 first-half points and earned their first win at the Super Pit in a 95-80 victory. A.J. Lawson scored a career-high 31 points and Ryan Woolridge set his career-high with 21 points. The Owls opened the game on a 20-4 run and shot 46.9 percent from the field for the game.

• In the last meeting in Houston, Rice scored 64 second-half points and scored 101 points to defeat the Mean Green. J-Mychal Reese scored 18 points and Shane Temara added a then-career-high 17 points and six rebounds. Former Rice player Egor Koulechov finished with a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds.

• Rice enters with a 4-13 overall record and is 1-3 in Conference USA play. The Owls picked up their first C-USA win at home against Charlotte on Jan. 6 in a 73-64 win. Ako Adams led the team with 20 points.

• The Owls lost their three leading scorers from last year’s team. Connor Cashaw leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game and graduate transfer A.J. Lapray is second at 10.6 points per game. Cashaw leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 boards per game.

• Rice is fourth in the C-USA in three-pointers made per game at 8.1. The team has four players who have hit 20 three-pointers or more.
 

 

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