Middle Tenn. looks to end streak against N. Texas | Ap thread

Middle Tennessee (9-5, 0-1) vs. North Texas (8-4, 1-1)

The Super Pit, Denton, Texas; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: North Texas is looking to extend Middle Tennessee’s losing streak to nine games. Middle Tennessee’s last CUSA victory came against the Charlotte 49ers 73-60 on February 6, 2021. North Texas lost 69-63 at home to UAB in their last game.

SUPER SENIORS: Josh Jefferson, Donovan Sims and DeAndre Dishman of Middle Tennessee have collectively scored 39% of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 48% of all Blue Raiders scoring in the past five games. JUMP FOR JOSH: Jefferson logged on 32.2 percent of the 90 3-pointers he attempted and made 11 for 24 in his last three games. He’s also achieved 93.8% of his free kicks this season.

STRETCHED STATISTICS: Middle Tennessee has lost its last three road games, scoring 59.3 points, while allowing 68 per game.

ASSISTANCE RATIOS: The Mean Greens have recently used aids to create buckets more often than the Blue Raiders. North Texas has 40 assists on 72 field goals (55.6%) in its three previous outings, while Middle Tennessee has assists on 37 of 78 field goals (47, 4%) in their last three games.

DIFFICULT DEFENSE: North Texas has kept opposing teams at 55.3 points per game this season, the third-lowest number among any Division I teams.


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