North Texas vs. LA Lafayette: Full Game Preview

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North Texas vs. LA Lafayette: Full Game Preview
North Texas
(12-19, 3-11 away)
LA Lafayette
(12-19, 10-5 home)
Venue: Convention Center Court - Hot Springs, AR
7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, March 08, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
North Texas J Williams 14.0 T Mitchell 8.4 C Jones 4.9
LA Lafayette E Payton 15.8 S Long 10.3 E Payton 5.4

North Texas meets Louisiana in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament at Convention Center Court - Hot Springs, AR on Friday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on Sun Belt Network. The Mean Green fell to the Ragin Cajuns 105-74 on Jan. 31 and are 5-6 against them over the last four years.

In their last outing, behind 19 points and six rebounds from Alzee Williams, the Mean Green blew out Arkansas State 74-50 on Feb. 28. He is averaging 11.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Ragin Cajuns, Elfrid Payton finished with eight points and seven rebounds in the 71-63 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Mar. 2. He contributes a team-leading 15.8 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, and 2.5 steals per game.

Louisiana StatSmack

  • North Texas players are more experienced than Louisiana players (13,980 minutes played vs. 9,212 minutes played).
  • North Texas is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on North Texas is 207 lbs compared to 191 lbs for Louisiana.
  • The North Texas blocks leader (Tony Mitchell, 83 blocks) has more blocks than the Louisiana blocks leader (Shawn Long, 63 blocks).
  • Jordan Williams is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in points.
  • North Texas has an average margin of victory of 9 over Louisiana in 12 wins since 1985.
  • P.J. Hardwick is ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in assists.
  • North Texas is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on North Texas is 77.2 inches compared to 76.0 inches for Louisiana.
  • North Texas has more wins over the last 5 years than Louisiana (116 vs. 80).
  • North Texas has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (59.6 percent to 42.8 percent).
  • The North Texas basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Louisiana (60 percent vs. 44 percent).
UNT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Tony Mitchell 32 13 8 1 1 3 2
C Chris Jones 27 10 4 5 2 0 3
C Roger Franklin 29 12 6 1 1 1 2
C Jordan Williams 32 14 4 1 1 1 2
C Alzee Williams 35 11 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jacob Holmen 16 6 3 0 0 0 1
D P.J. Hardwick 23 4 3 2 1 0 2
D N. Stojilkovic 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Justin Patton 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
F C. Overlander 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Keith Coleman 9 1 2 0 0 0 1
ULL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Elfrid Payton 0 16 6 5 2 1 3
B- Shawn Long 31 16 10 1 1 2 3
C Bryant Mbamalu 33 14 4 1 1 0 2
D+ A. Thompson 24 9 2 1 1 0 1
D Elridge Moore 26 5 4 2 1 1 2
D S. Wronkoski 25 6 3 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Brown 16 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Kasey Shepherd 11 4 1 1 1 0 1
D- Josh Soto 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
F Aaron Leblanc 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
F D. Williams 1 2 0 0 1 0 1
F Braylon Lazare 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Matthew Moss 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Cornell Barnett 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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