North Texas will be looking to build on its seven-game winning streak and stay at the top of the Conference USA when it hosts UTEP on Saturday night. The Miners are 12-8 and are coming off a win against Rice on Thursday night. North Texas is now 13-8 on the season after beating Texas-San Antonio on Thursday.
UTEP led by junior forwardUTEP has been up-and-down in its last six games, splitting them 3-3. The Miners opened with a narrow 59-56 road loss to Florida Atlantic on Jan. 4. They bounced back with a 76-64 win against Southern Miss in the following game. Then came another loss, as they fell by three points to Louisiana Tech. Once again, UTEP bounced back with a win against Texas-San Antonio. The two teams met again last Saturday, with Texas-San Antonio earning the win at home the second time around. The Miners rebounded with an eight-point win against Rice on Thursday.
📰 | Miners WIN behind @BucketsForSale_'s career-high 2⃣7⃣ points & 5⃣ rebounds, #DarylEdwards’s collegiate career-best 2️⃣2️⃣ points & @Eric4Vila career-high tying 1️⃣1️⃣ rebounds🏀— UTEP Men’s Basketball (@UTEP_MBB) January 24, 2020
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Junior forward Bryson Williams leads UTEP with 19.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is an excellent outside shooter, knocking down 22 of 50 attempts from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Souley Boum is scoring 11.4 points per game and is grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game. He has struggled with efficiency from downtown, making just 24 of 99 from long range. Senior guard Daryl Edwards is adding 9.7 points per game. He leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 38 of 102 attempts. Sophomore guard Jordan Lathon is the leading distributor, dishing out 2.5 assists per game.
North Texas sitting in first in the conferenceNorth Texas has been on an absolute tear since dropping its conference opener to Western Kentucky on the road. The Mean Green have won seven games in a row en route to a spot in first place in the conference. They have racked up victories against Marshall, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Rice and Texas-San Antonio. Thursday’s win was a beat down against Texas-San Antonio. The Mean Green raced out to a 50-36 lead at halftime and outscored the Roadrunners by another six points in the second half to secure a 98-78 win.
Jalen's energy is 💯🔋 pic.twitter.com/1mH15dt5AP— North Texas Basketball (@MeanGreenMBB) January 24, 2020
The Mean Green are led by sophomore guard Umoja Gibson, who is scoring 14.3 points per game and is dishing out 2.1 assists per game. Gibson is one of the best 3-point shooters in the conference, making 57 of 138 attempts for a 41.3 percent clip. Junior guard Javion Hamlet is scoring 12.3 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.7 assists per game. He is also an extremely efficient outside shooter, making 17 of 41, which is good for 41.5 percent. Junior forward Zachary Simmons is scoring 8.7 points per game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Deng Geu is the leading rebounder with 5.9 boards per game, to go along with 8.2 points per game.
- 2-4 ATS in its last six games
- 1-6 ATS in its last seven Saturday games
- 5-12 ATS in its last 17 January games
North Texas is:
- 7-0 ATS in its last seven years
- 8-0 ATS in its last eight home games