NEW ORLEANS North Texas is set for the Big Dance in the Big Easy. The No. 15 Mean Green takes on No. 2 Memphis at 11:30 a.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Catch all the action on CBS or the Mean Green Radio Network.
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North Texas (23-10) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with an 83-75 win over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Tournament Championship. North Texas is riding a season-high five game winning streak and is the nation’s 30th ranked offensive club averaging 77.5 ppg and a 45.9 shooting percentage.
North Texas sits at 137 in the official RPI Ratings following the Sun Belt Tournament Championship, boasting a 2-0 record against RPI Top-100 teams. When it comes to protecting the lane, North Texas is the Sun Belt’s premier team. The Mean Green ranks 20th in the nation in rebounding margin with a +6.1, leading the SBC in nearly all glass related categories. NT also ranks 51st in the nation with 4.4 blocks per game.
This will be North Texas’ second trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Mean Green made the Big Dance in 1988 after knocking off Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) 87-70 in the Southland Conference title game. NT, the 15-seed, drew second-seeded North Carolina in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Mean Green fell to the Tarheels 83-65, but NT’s Ronnie Morgan recorded 19 rebounds and the sixth leading scorer in program history, Tony Worrell, closed his career with a 15-point performance.