North Texas (11-18, 10-10) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-20, 3-17)
March 8, 2013 • 2:30 p.m.
Hot Springs, Ark. • Summit Arena (6,200)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: None • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: NT leads 18-16
Last: NT won 64-46 on Jan. 30, 2013 in Lafayette
North Texas begins its SBC Tournament after a 10-10 conference run in the six seed
just missing a bye. Led by two freshmen, the Mean Green hopes to set a victorious
standard in its first postseason under head coach Mike Petersen. The Ragin’ Cajuns of
Lafayette, La., enter the contest last in the Sun Belt Conference with a 3-17 SBC record.
The winner will go on to face Western Kentucky’s Tops in the quarterfinals of the
North Texas engages in combat with Louisiana-Lafayette for the first time since
a blow-out road win in Lafayette for the Mean Green back in Januaray. NT swept
the season series against the Cajuns, and in doing so, it overtook the historical series
Freshmen Alexis Hyder and Loryn Goodwin were named to the Sun Belt Conference
Third Team this season. Becoming the one-two punch for the Mean Green, Hyder
and Goodwin are the first pair of players to make the team since the 2006 duo of Erika
Bobo and Mia Ajekwu were named to the prestigious crew.
Goodwin was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year for 2012-
2013. It is NT’s first FOY since Jasmine Godbolt grabbed it in 2010 and only the
third FOY ever for North Texas.
Story Of The Sun Belt
The Mean Green enters the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament with an overall
record of 8-12 in tournament play since 2000. North Texas has won at least one
tournament game since 2008 with the exception of 2010. North Texas has not
advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament since 2002, when
the Mean Green lost in the SBC Tournament Final. North Texas has been to the
semifinals of any conference tournament only four times in school history, which
covers the Southland, Big West, and Sun Belt Conferences.