Sun Belt Title Game Rematch vs. WKU Thursday
Jordan Williams Leads NT Hoops Into Title Game Rematch Against WKU Thursday
North Texas (8-16, 3-10) vs. Western Kentucky (12-11, 6-6 SBC)
Feb. 7, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Denton, Texas • The Super Pit (10,500)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: TXA21 (DFW only) • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: WKU leads 14-5
Last: WKU won 70-64 on Dec. 29, 2012 in Bowling Green
DENTON, Texas – The Sun Belt Conference’s most successful programs over the last seven seasons will square off on Thursday when Western Kentucky visits the Super Pit for a locally televised game. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen in the DFW Metroplex on TXA-21.
North Texas and Western Kentucky have dominated the Sun Belt in recent years, especially in March. At least one of the two programs has advanced to the SBC Tournament finals in each of the last seven seasons, with each team playing in four championship games in that span. NT, playing in its third straight finals, fell to WKU, 74-70, in the 2012 championship game.
Jordan Williams and Tony Mitchell have both had past success against WKU. Williams is averaging 17.0 points per game on 59.1 percent shooting, including a career mark of 5-of-6 from 3-point. Mitchell is averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 boards in three matchups against WKU.
A pair of former Argyle teammates will suit up against each other for the first time as collegiate rivals in NT freshman Clarke Overlander and WKU redshirt junior Caden Dickerson. Both led the Eagles to fantastic campaigns as a senior, with Overlander leading Argyle to the school’s first state title in 2012. Dickerson missed the December matchup due to injury.
NT announced this week that seniors Jacob Holmen and Justin Patton were ending their careers due to injury concerns, which means that NT will take the court with just eight scholarship players for the rest of the regular season. NT lost sharp shooter Brandan Walton in the season opener, and starting point guard Chris Jones broke his foot in December. NT’s injuries have already accounted for 52 individual games missed in 2012-13.