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North Texas (10-7) at Charlotte (11-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Halton Arena (9,105) -- Charlotte, North Carolina. Television: Time Warner. Home Record: North Texas 7-3, Charlotte 6-2. Away Record: North Texas 3-2, Charlotte 2-3. Neutral Record: North Texas 0-2, Charlotte 3-0. Conference Record: North Texas 1-2, Charlotte 2-1. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.

GAME NOTES: After a thrilling 90-86 overtime victory over conference rival Tulsa, the Charlotte 49ers must make a quick turnaround as they get set to host the North Texas Mean Green in Conference USA action at Halton Arena.

North Texas is also coming off a conference win Thursday night at Marshall. The Mean Green maintained a steady pace to attain an 80-65 victory, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Charlotte's overtime victory gets the 49ers back in the win column after they suffered a loss at Texas-San Antonio last Saturday. Charlotte's overtime win gave the team its third victory in four games.

The all-time series is all tied up, 1-1. It's the first and only time these new Conference USA foes will meet on the court during the regular season.

North Texas was able to cruise to a 15-point victory over Marshall thanks to solid defense that was able to force 15 Herd turnovers. Jordan Williams netted 20 points to lead North Texas, adding 10 rebounds for the double-double. Colin Voss scored 16 and pulled down nine rebounds, while Alzee Williams chipped in 10 points. The Mean Green shot 50 percent from the floor on the night.

Alzee Williams leads the team in scoring this season with 12.8 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting from the field. Only six of his 218 points this season have come from beyond the 3-point arc, as Williams is 2-of-6 from long range on the year. Jordan Williams is second on the squad with 11.8 ppg, and is the team's leading rebounder at 6.2 rpg. North Texas averages 72.5 ppg.

Charlotte was down by eight points to Tulsa with 1:16 left to play in regulation, but a late rally knotted the game up as time expired, sending it to overtime. The 49ers were able to gain the advantage in the extra period, coming away with the victory. Pierria Henry led the 49ers with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Thorne Jr. netted 13 and grabbed 11 boards for the double-double. Denzel Ingram contributed 17 points in the win.

Shawn Lester, who has only started one game this season for Charlotte and who had five points in the matchup with Tulsa, leads the team in scoring this season with 12.3 ppg, followed closely by Henry at 12 ppg. Willie Clayton has been a beast on the boards this year, averaging 9 rpg to go along with 11.8 ppg. Charlotte is averaging 76.2 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting.

This is a fairly even conference matchup, but the fact that it's taking place in Charlotte helps the 49ers immensely, where the team is 6-2 on the year. If the 49ers can get scoring like they did against Tulsa, North Texas should pose no threat.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Charlotte 78, North Texas 73

01/18 10:17:57 ET

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