Each undefeated to start out the Convention USA season, North Texas and UTSA meet Saturday afternoon at the us Convocation Middle for an essential in-state showdown.
The sport is scheduled to start out at Four p.m. ET. Whereas it received’t be broadcast nationally on tv wherever within the US, you may nonetheless watch the sport stay in your pc, telephone or streaming machine through ESPN+, the brand new digital streaming service from ESPN that has unique protection to dozens of faculty basketball video games — and several other different sports activities–each week.
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North Texas vs UTSA Preview
Following an 8-22 file in Tony Benford’s final season as head coach, North Texas has seen a lightning-quick turnaround beneath Grant McCasland. The previous Baylor assistant and Arkansas State head coach led the Imply Inexperienced to a 20-18 file final yr, together with a CBI championship, and now they’re off to the very best begin in class historical past at 16-1.
For reference, North Texas’ 16 wins–which they’ve with two months left within the season, thoughts you–is already tied for the 14th most in class historical past. If each play will get their expertise stolen by the Monstars and so they lose their ultimate 10 video games of the season, they’ll nonetheless end with their second-most wins within the final seven years.
Granted, their non-conference schedule was fairly comfortable, as their finest win got here towards New Mexico, who’re 163rd nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted effectivity rankings. However the Imply Inexperienced have continued their success with 4 straight wins to start out Convention USA play, together with a 58-51 win towards UTEP on the street Thursday.
“They performed good protection to start out the sport, however at halftime coach had a superb sport plan for us so we simply needed to maintain combating as a staff,” stated freshman guard Umoja Gibson, who had 13 factors, seven rebounds and three assists within the win. “It was a staff effort, as a result of we weren’t sharing the ball at first, however we did higher within the second half.”
UTSA has taken a little bit of a special path to this essential matchup.
The Roadrunners misplaced their first 5 video games of the season–together with an embarrassing one-point defeat towards Division II St. Edwards–and 7 of their first 10. By the point they entered convention play, they had been simply 6-7 with three of these wins coming towards D-II opponents.
However Steve Henson’s staff has began to place issues along with three wins to start out their Convention USA slate, beating UTEP twice and Rice by 16 on Thursday. It’s the college’s finest begin to convention play for the reason that 1990-91 marketing campaign, and although they had been tabbed to complete fifth within the C-USA preseason ballot, a win towards their in-state rivals on Saturday would set up UTSA as a reliable menace within the league.
North Texas leads the all-time collection towards UTSA, 15-10. They’ve additionally received every of the final 4 head-to-head conferences and are 5-2 since they each joined Convention USA. With each groups off to super convention begins, although, this can be the most important matchup but.