The North Texas Mean Green host the University of Arkansas Little Rock Trojans Saturday evening on the hardwoods. The Mean Green are struggling so far this year with a record of 3-6 while the Trojans are 5-4. Arkansas Little Rock has won four of the last five meetings between these two, including the last game in 2013. Tipoff is Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET at the Super Pit in Denton, Texas.
Nowell leads the TrojansThe Arkansas Little Rock Trojans come into this game with a record of 5-4. They are coming off a 67-63 loss last Saturday to East Tennessee State. Guard Markquis Nowell led the way once again with 20 points. Nowell was 4 for 9 from three and had 6 assists. Ben Coupet added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Nowell leads the Sun Belt Conference with 22 points per game. He was named the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Week this week. he is also first in steals while Ruot Monyyong is first in rebounds with 9.3 per game.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING ‼️ IM JUST GETTING STARTED ‼️ https://t.co/7sgeB3BrrI— Markquis Nowell (@MrNewYorkCityy) December 3, 2019
"It was good to have a bit of a break, get some guys healthy and work on some things," said head coachDarrell Walker, reported the Trojans web site. "November was a busy month for us and I thought our team progressed well. We're excited to get back at it against a tough North Texas team and get ready for another challenging road trip."
Mean Green loses heart breaker to OklahomaThe North Texas Mean Green began the 2019-20 campaign with a record of 3-6. They've played some tough competition and fared pretty well, losing by 9 at Utah State, by 3 to Virginia Commonwealth, and by 5 to Eastern Michigan. They'll also been blown out by Arkansas and Rhode Island. On Thursday they battled Oklahoma till the end before losing 82-80. Oklahoma's Kristian Doolittle broke open a 78-78 tie with a three-pointer with 14 seconds left. That proved to be the difference.
Umoja Gibson led the Mean Green with 21 points while James Reese tossed in 13 points. The 80 points were the most they scored all year but the 82 points were the most they've given up. They are the No. 1 scoring defense in Conference USA. "The one thing I love about this team is that they always get better," coach Grant McCasland said, reported Mean Green basketball. "We just had good moments from different people, and you could see the light coming on for different guys throughout the game."