Denver, CO (2/15/07) - After suffering back-to-back last minute losses, the North Texas men's basketball team (16-9, 7-7) looks to get back on track tonight against Sun Belt West Division foe Denver. Tipoff against the Pioneers is scheduled for 8 pm CST and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network. The game is also being shown as apart of the ESPN Plus network, and is available on the ESPN Full Court Package.
The women start off the doubleheader with a game against the Pioneers at 6 pm, central time. The Mean Green continue to jockey for position in the upcoming conference tournament as the team currently sits in 10th overall in the SBC. Denver is playing its best basketball of the season as the Pioneers are riding a season-high four-game winning streak. Denver hammered Arkansas State 87-70 on Tuesday. The women's game can be heard on KNTU-FM (88.1) which broadcast at 100,000 watts from the North Texas campus and can be heard throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Region.
Freshman Brittney James, making her first career start, notched a career-high 27 points in the win over Louisiana-Monroe. She scored the game tying basket with 1.4 seconds to send the game into the extra frame and then proceeded to score eight of the Mean Green’s ten points in the overtime. The 27 points by James is the most by a freshman at North Texas since Jalie Mitchell scored 32 against SMU on December 22, 1998. Her 27 points is also the most scored by a freshman in the Sun Belt Conference this season.
The Mean Green men are the nation’s 23rd ranked offensive club, averaging 78.1 ppg and a 46.7 shooting percentage. North Texas sits at 149 in the official RPI Ratings following the loss to Louisiana-Monroe. NT, 2-1 against the RPI’s top 100 teams, earned a Sagarin rating of 160. Denver has a staunch reputation as one of the Sun Belt’s toughest places to play, and for good reason. The Pioneers have earned three of their four wins at home in conference play, and rank among the nation’s best with 7.6 three-pointers per game. Denver also ranks 34th in the country in free throw percentage.
The series between North Texas and Denver is deadlocked at seven games apiece after the Mean Green took the Dec. 30 meeting 91-79 at The Super Pit. Quincy Williams powered North Texas past the Pioneers in that game with his second career double-double. The junior recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. North Texas and Denver had met only once prior to the Mean Green joining the Sun Belt Conference for the 2000-01 season. The Pioneers and the Mean Green have split their season series for the past three years.
Calvin Watson is only three 3-pointers away from being North Texas’ all-time three point champion. The senior has hit 187 from downtown in his Mean Green career, only one shy of George King (188, from 1993-96) and two away from Chris Davis (189, from 1999-03). Watson has 69 from beyond the arc this year alone, which is tied with Ray Schufford (1989-90) for third in school history. He will need 12 more this year to pass Chad Elstun (80 in 1996-97) for the single-season mark.
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