2/1/07) - The North Texas men's basketball (14-7, 5-5) team stumbled in overtime against the Sun Belt’s top team in South Alabama, but looks to refocus at home versus Troy tonight at 7 pm. The Mean Green, winners of eight straight at The Super Pit, is riding the sixth longest home winning streak in school history. The game can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
The Mean Green is the nation’s 24th ranked offensive club, averaging 78.9 points per game and 47.0 shooting percentage. North Texas sits at 159 in the official RPI Ratings following the loss to South Alabama. NT, 1-0 against the RPI’s top 100 teams, earned a Sagarin rating of 160. One of the nation’s most potent benches, North Texas’ sideline is outscoring the opponent’s bench 580-332. Troy brings a well balanced attack that has six players averaging double figures this season. The Trojans shoot the three ball with the best of them, as Troy ranks 12th in the country with 9.4 three’s per game.
The Mean Green owns a sterling 2-0 all-time record against Troy. Both matches were played last season, with the Mean Green taking the Jan. 26 meeting 84-77 at The Super Pit, and 81-69 on Feb. 23 in Troy. NT guards Calvin Watson and Kendrick Davis took turns lighting up the Trojans from beyond the arc in each game. Both juniors had career-best nights from three-point land, as Watson nailed six threes in the first meeting and Davis hit six in the second matchup. As a team, North Texas hit 46.7 percent from three point and averaged 21.5 assists per game against Troy.
North Texas is currently riding an eight-game home winning streak, the sixth longest in school history. You have to go back 11 seasons to find a longer stretch of home wins (9 from Jan. 31, 1996 through Jan. 4, 1997), and if the Mean Green sweeps its final five games at the Super Pit it would tie the record for the most wins in a season ever at the arena (14 1977-78 & 1975-76). NT owns a 9-1 home record highlighted by a 48.6 field goal percentage and an 8.7 rebounding margin over its opponents. The Mean Green is outscoring the competition by 15.0 points per game in Denton. North Texas has won 80.0 percent (20-5) of its home games over the past two seasons.
Quincy Williams recorded his fourth career double-double against South Alabama in a 19-point, 11-rebound performance. The junior, who leads the Sun Belt in shooting percentage (59.9 percent), is among the league’s top offensive rebounders with 2.8 per game.
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