NT Hoops Taking School-Record Momentum To ULM
Sharp-Shooting NT Hoops Head To ULM With Momentum
North Texas (9-17, 4-11) vs. ULM (3-17, 2-12 SBC)
Feb. 14, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Monroe, La. • Fant-Ewing Coliseum (7,000)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: None • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: ULM leads 29-23
Last: ULM won 81-68 on Jan. 3, 2013 in Denton
MONROE, La. – North Texas basketball is coming off one of the best shooting performances in recent NCAA history, and aims to keep that momentum going in a Valentines Day matchup against ULM. Tip off from Fant-Ewing Coliseum is slated for 7:30 p.m., and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
North Texas shot 75.0 percent from the floor against FIU on Saturday, which shattered the 18 year-old NT school record, as well as notched the top shooting mark ever in a Sun Belt game. It was the best performance in the NCAA in ‘12-13, and only one game nationwide over the last five years topped NT’s outing. In fact, it just missed the list of top 25 shooting games in NCAA history.
Roger Franklin tied the school record by going 11-of-11 from the line on Saturday. The senior’s outing was the best free throw outing since Tristan Thompson went 20-of-20 from the stripe against FAU in the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinals.
Over the last six games, the four core NT players - Tony Mitchell, Franklin, Jordan Williams and Alzee Williams - have accounted for 85.5 percent of NT’s scoring, while shooting a combined 45.6 percent. The rest of the team is shooting 33.9 percent and is averaging just 9.6 points per game.
ULM leads the overall series with the NT 29-23, but NT has had a stranglehold on the matchup in recent years. ULM took one from NT last month, but NT has won 10 of the last 12 meetings in the series dating back to 2007. NT posted a 72-40 win over ULM in 2007-08 that was the largest loss in Fant-Ewin Coliseum history at the time.
Like most teams, ULM has trouble containing Tony Mitchell. In three career games against the Warhawks, Mitchell is averaging 16.0 points and 10 rebounds, and is 6-of-12 from 3-point.