North Texas Begins C-USA Championships Against LA Tech
Tip-Off Set For 8:30 On Wednesday, March 7
|North Texas men's basketball vs. #10 LA Tech|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, March 7 | 8:30 p.m.|
|Location||Frisco, TX | The Ford Center at The Star|
|Stream||Facebook - Ron Thulin (PxP), Tim Scarborough (Color)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | LA Tech|
DENTON - The North Texas men’s basketball team will begin its quest to win four games in four days starting Wednesday, March 7, against 10th seeded Louisiana Tech at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the Conference USA Championships held at The Star in Frisco.
The matchup against the Bulldogs will be broadcast live on Facebook with Ron Thulin doing play-by-play and Tim Scarborough providing color analysis.
First-year head coach Grant McCasland has quickly turned around a Mean Green team that was 2-16 in C-USA play last season and did not qualify for the Conference Tournament. This season, North Texas finished as the No. 7 seed, highest-ever since joining C-USA, with an 8-10 mark. Six of those losses came by three points or less.
The Mean Green will be making their fourth appearance at C-USA Championships holding a 1-3 record. North Texas picked up its only win in the first round against Rice, 63-62, in overtime on March 11, 2014.
Sophomore guard Roosevelt Smart enters the C-USA Tournament just 16 points away from scoring 600 for the season. Smart leads the team in scoring at 18.8 points per game and set a new school record with 109 three-pointers made, which is tied for seventh nationally.
Sophomore guard Ryan Woolridge finished the regular season averaging 13.1 points per game and scored 405 total points. Woolridge led the team with 170 assists, which is just two away from being second all-time in school history.
The Mean Green are closing in on the school record for most three-pointers made as a team sitting just five away from setting a new record with 251. The previous mark was set by the 1997-98 team that hit 250 three-pointers as a team. North Texas has hit 10 or more three-pointers in a game nine times this season.
North Texas is hoping to have a home-court advantage in nearby Frisco with plenty of opportunities to come watch the Mean Green.
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North Texas Faculty/Staff:
Session 2 (Men's First Round) - March 7, 2018
Price: $15.00 (Permanent Bowl Seating)
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Session 2 (Men’s First Round) – March 7th, 2018
Price: $10.00 (Permanent Bowl Seating)
About the Opponent: LA Tech
• This will be the 33rd meeting between the two teams with LA Tech leading 23-9. North Texas holds a 2-1 record in neutral site games.
• In the previous meeting, LA Tech survived by hitting two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to defeat North Texas 66-65 on Jan. 18, 2018. Roosevelt Smart scored 23 points and Ryan Woolridge dished out 10 assists. The Bulldogs received career nights from freshmen Anthony Duruji (25 points) and Amorie Archibald (21 points).
• In the last meeting in post-season play, North Texas defeated LA Tech, 87-73, in the Southland Tournament held in Beaumont, TX on March 10, 1983. North Texas all-time leading scorer Kenneth Lyons scored a school-record 47 points in the win over Karl Malone’s Bulldogs.
• LA Tech earned the No. 10 seed in the Conference USA Tournament after going 7-11 in league play. The Bulldogs are 16-15 and have lost four games in a row, including a 72-64 loss at Southern Miss to end the regular season on March 3.
• Jacobi Boykins led the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game and was named Third Team All-Conference. Boykins leads the C-USA in free throw percentage at 91.8 percent (89-of-97) Sophomore Daquan Bracey is second in scoring at 13.2 points per game. Boykins leads the team with 93 three-pointers. Freshman Amorie Archibald played in 27 games, starting 15, while leading the team with 113 assists.
• LA Tech has hit 271 three-pointers this season and leads the C-USA in 3-point field goal percentage at 37.9 percent. The Bulldogs are third in three-pointer made per game at 8.5.