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DENTON — The North Texas men’s basketball team is hosting Middle Tennessee Saturday at 5 p.m. CT from the Super Pit.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on YouTube Live and Mean Green Sports Network with Dave Barnett and Hank DIckenson on the call. Fans can download The Varsity Network App to listen to the game.
North Texas (8-4, 1-1) has won six of its last seven games and heads into Saturday’s contest having won three straight over the Blue Raiders (9-5, 0-1) dating back to the 2018-19 season. As of Friday, UNT owns the nation’s No. 3 scoring defense. Through 12 games this year they’ve held its opponents to an average of 55.2 points per game. In all eight of its wins this season they’ve held its opponents to under 60 points.
“What’s key for us is we lock down defensively,” said senior JJ Murray. “In games that we’ve lost we haven’t done a good job closing them out and making winning plays late. Middle Tennessee is a good program and we know if we don’t execute we’ll lose.”
COMING OFF THE BENCH
North Texas’ leading scorer is reserve newcomer Tylor Perry who is averaging 14.3 point per game. His 14.3 scoring average is the sixth highest in the nation among non-starters. As of Tuesday he’s one of four reserves in the nation who is leading their respective team in scoring.
BACK-TO-BACK SEASON HIGH
North Texas guard Mardrez McBride has scored a season-high 17 points in each of the Mean Green’s last two games. In the last two games combined, McBride is 13-of-25 (.520) from the field. He was 4-of-7 from deep on Thursday versus UAB. McBride’s career-high is 21 points, which he accomplished in his collegiate debut last season.
Fifth-year senior Thomas Bell had a career-high five assists on Thursday versus UAB. Over the last three games combined he’s had 12 assists (3.0 per game). Bell stuffed the stat sheet Thursday, Along with his five assists he also had 10 points and six rebounds.
SINGLE-SEASON CAREER HIGH
On Thursday sophomore Abou Ousmane grabbed five rebounds, which gives him a season total of 61. That’s four more than he had all of last year. He played in 27 games last season for UNT.