North Texas (15-14, 6-9 C-USA) vs. Tulsa (17-12, 12-3 C-USA)
Thursday, March 6, 2014 7 p.m. Central
Denton, Texas The Super Pit (10,500)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com/AllAccess ($)
NCAA RPI (3/3): NT - 180, Tulsa - 101
Series: Tulsa leads 37-14
North Texas Game Notes: Game 30 - Tulsa
DENTON, Texas - It couldn't be simpler for the North Texas basketball team in Thursday's regular-season finale against Tulsa. Send the three seniors out with a win over one of C-USA's top teams and the Mean Green will likely secure a bye in the conference tournament, which begins on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas.
NT is currently in the No. 10 seed for the upcoming C-USA Tournament, but can jump as high as the No. 8 seed with a win over Tulsa and some help. The top four seeds will receive a double-bye, while seeds five through nine receive a bye.
How can NT get the No. 8 seed? An NT win over Tulsa, a UAB loss to Middle Tennessee and a Charlotte loss at Marshall.
How can NT get the No. 9 seed? An NT win over Tulsa and a Charlotte loss at Marshall.
Should NT lose to Tulsa it would fall to 6-10, and seven different scenarios could come into play - all but one of which have NT staying at No. 10. NT would still own the individual tiebreakers over East Carolina (5-10) and Florida Atlantic (5-10). However, there is a chance that NT could fall to the No. 11 seed if NT, Charlotte and ECU tie at 6-10 and LA Tech is named the No. 1 seed.
Tulsa enters Thursday's game as C-USA's hottest team, and is playing for a share of the C-USA regular season title. The Golden Hurricane has won a league-high seven straight contests, and is tied with Southern Miss, LA Tech and MTSU for C-USA's best record at 12-3. A win over NT on Thursday guarantees TU a double bye in next week's C-USA Tourney.
The Mean Green will have a special visitor in the Super Pit for Thursday's game in Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn. The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame member is the leading receiver in North Texas football history, and will be on hand to sign autographs for fans.