- The North Texas Mean Green Eagles (9-5, 5-1 meeting USA) host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (14-5, 7-3 seminar USA) Friday, Feb. 5
- Both teams enter the tilt on a hot streak, using the house group winning four straight and La Tech on a three-game roll
- Read below for chances, analysis, and greatest bet with this matchup
The North Texas Mean Green Eagles (9-5, 5-1 seminar USA), winners of four right and eight of the final ten, host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (14-5, 7-3 seminar USA) Friday, Feb. 5 in Denton. Suggestion is placed for 8 pm ET inside UNT Coliseum.
The Bulldogs began league play 1-2, but have actually won six of the final seven, and tend to be now in 3rd invest Conference USA’s western Division. One spot in front of Los Angeles Tech is North Texas. The suggest Green happen just like hot of late, sweeping UTEP and Rice within their past two meeting show.
Louisiana Tech vs North Texas Odds
|Louisiana Tech||+4.5 (-110)||+172||Over 131.5 (-110)|
|North Texas||-4.5 (-110)||-205||Under 131.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb. 4 at FanDuel
Louisiana Tech is coming down a two-game show sweep of Southern Mississippi. Senior guard Amorie Archibald had a team-high 15 points and buried a pair clutch free throws with two moments left to greatly help secure a home that is 65-62 on Saturday. The Bulldogs securing the front end of the sweep with a victory that is 76-63 Hattiesburg final Thursday.
North Texas could be the Conference that is defending USA and feature reigning C-USA Player of the Year Javion Hamlet. The senior from Memphis is averaging 13.9 points per game and 4.8 assists per game, both united group highs.
The Suggest Green have actually yet to get rid of on the home court this year (7-0), therefore it’s maybe not they’re that is surprising Friday. The loss that is lone the Super Pit? The time that is last Bulldogs visited Denton.
Exuberance of Youth
The Bulldogs feature five players averaging in double figures, ranging from senior guard Kaleb Ledoux’s 11.7 points per game to senior forward JaColby Pemberton’s 10.0 points per game. That balance has helped La Tech win 14 games overall (tied for the most in the conference with UAB) and earn a rating that is fifth-bestat No. 111 general) in Conference United States Of America. The standard of play ended up being on display contrary to the Golden Eagles.
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Part of that group of double-digit scorers is 6-foot-7 forward Kenneth Lofton Jr january. The Port Arthur native has been a revelation for head coach Eric Konkol during his year that is first in. Most of the kid has done is make C-USA Freshman associated with the Week honors five times this year, including week that is last off a two-game series sweep of Southern Miss.
La Tech can also defend. Their bread-and-butter is field goal percentage defense. Holding opponents to just 40.1-percent, they’re ranked second in the conference and 38th in the country in the category that is important
If Konkol’s team are able to keep the clamps on North Texas — and Lofton continues their marvelous first campaign — the Bulldogs have actually a go for a win that is rare Denton.
To Ball Or Not to Ball…
How has head coach Grant McCasland put his team in position to defend its season league that is regular top? The Mean Green take full advantage of belongings and protects company on the house court. More in the point that is latter.
UNT is one of the most efficient groups in the country, shooting a league-best 49.7-percent from the field and 39.4-percent from distance. Those rates also put McCasland’s team in the top-20 in the country. Plus, having one of the more players that are underrated the nation on your own roster helps.
While Hamelt’s 13.9 points per game is straight down a little from final year’s breakout period — as he averaged 14.6 points per game — . he’s nevertheless the point that is focal of Mean Green’s offense. Whether or not La Tech can do enough to contain him remains to be seen.
Protect This House
The only teams to beat North Texas at the Super Pit over the last two seasons are Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan…and Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs upended the Mean Green 73-71 last Feb. 22, the only home blemish in the calendar year.
That’s that is last An record that is impressive of dominance. Can the Bulldogs pull off another upset in Denton? Konkol’s squad has won its last two road games (against UTEP and Miss that is southern) but at 4-4 on the way, Los Angeles Tech is definately not a juggernaut far from Ruston. I’m choosing the home that is dominant in this spot.(*)The choose: North Texas (-205)(*)