VIDEO: DJ Draper Making An Impact
Mean Green Host Rice Saturday At 5
|North Texas men's basketball vs. Rice|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Feb. 3 | 5 p.m.|
|Location||Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)|
|Stream||ESPN3 - John Liddle (PxP), Kyle Youmans (Color)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Hank Dickenson (PxP)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | Rice|
DENTON - Redshirt sophomore DJ Draper has had some great moments this season but none bigger than his clutch game-winning three-pointer in overtime last Saturday against FIU.
Draper and North Texas men's basketball take on Rice on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. at the Super Pit. Draper scored a career-high 23 points off six three-pointers against the Owls on Jan. 13. The rematch will also be broadcasted on ESPN3 with John Liddle calling the action and Kyle Youmans providing color analysis.
Draper has given the Mean Green a huge boost off the bench and has made 14 three-pointers in six C-USA games. During league games, Draper is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.2 points per game and has seen his minutes increase at 24.7 per game.
The Mean Green (12-10, 5-4 C-USA) have a chance to tie for fourth with a win against the Owls on Saturday. North Texas sits in a tie for fifth place with Marshall at 5-4 in the C-USA standings at the midpoint of the conference season.
Sophomore Roosevelt Smart continues to climb the single season three-point record books sitting third with 79 three-pointers. Only Chad Elstun (80) and Calvin Watson (90) remain to catch for Smart to set a new single-season record. Smart also has hit 19 free throws in a row with the school record held by Deckie Johnson at 32 free throws in a row.
Nine games remain for North Texas with four coming against top five opponents in the Conference standings. The Mean Green will have a chance to see where they stack up against the league's best teams.
One lucky North Texas student will get a chance to attempt a three-quarter court shot to win 10,000 dollars during Saturday's game against Rice.
All-session tickets for the 2018 Conference USA Basketball Championships Presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas are now available.
Two different ticket options are available now for purchase. General Admission tickets are $125, while General Admission Premium tickets are $180. All pre-sale tickets provide access to all six sessions of the event. Single-session tickets will be available on Monday, March 5, following the release of the championship brackets.
Fans may purchase their all-session tickets here: C-USA Basketball Championships Pre-Sale Ticket Link
About the Opponent: Rice
This will be the 23rd meeting between the two teams with North Texas holding a 14-8 record and is 5-1 at the Super Pit. The Mean Green snapped a three-game losing streak to the Owls with an 85-78 win on Jan. 13.
In the previous meeting, North Texas hit the second most three-pointers in school history with 17 thanks to a new school record 10 from Roosevelt Smart. Smart scored a career-high 42 points and DJ Draper added 23 points off six three-pointers. The Mean Green scored 50 second half points to defeat Rice, 85-78 on Jan. 13.
In the last meeting in Denton, Rice scored 95 points, including 50 in the first half to defeat North Texas 95-80 on Feb. 4, 2017 at the Super Pit. A.J. Lawson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss. Ryan Woolridge tied his career-high with 21 points. Former Rice standout Marcus Evans finished with 18 points.
Rice enters having lost four of its last five Conference USA games. The Owls are 5-17 overall and sit 2-7 in C-USA play. Rice dropped a heartbreaker 63-62 against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 27 off a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Connor Cashaw leads the Owls in scoring at 15.9 points per game and finished with 30 points in the last meeting against North Texas on Jan. 13. Ako Adams is second in scoring at 10 points per game.
It is a battle of top three-point shooting teams in the C-USA as Rice and North Texas sit tied for fourth at 8 three-pointer made per game and both have hit 176 three-pointers on the season.