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#705 Arkansas - Little Rock 119 vs.
#706 North Texas -6
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave



#705 University of Arkansas at Little Rock
#706 University of North Texas


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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 Trojans

The 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.

"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 Oklahoma

The 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."

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Take North Texas here. These are two pretty evenly matched teams. If you go by their KenPom power rankings, Little Rock is ranked No. 150 and North Texas is ranked No. 155. I like the Mean Green here because they are home and they've been very good at home. They are coming off a game where they almost knocked off a very good Oklahoma team at home. Little Rock has a great player in Nowell and they have played very well played against quality competition. They only lost by 10 at Memphis and hung in with NC State before losing by 16. I expect this to come down to the final minute but I think the home team walks away as the winner.

Prediction: North Texas

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Take the under. North Texas leads the Conference USA in scoring defense so they can really get after it. They gave up 82 points against Oklahoma, but other than that they have not allowed more than 68 points in any game this season. They clearly dictate the tempo as they rank 339th out of 353 college basketball teams in pace of play. Expect a slow-paced, gritty, physical game as Little Rock is cut from the same cloth. They are 219th in pace of play. Little Rock has not scored more than 77 points in any game and that was early against a lesser opponent. Usually, they are in the 60s.

Prediction: Under

Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.