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��������������� DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 23, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Super Pit (10,500) -- Denton, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: UAB 10-1, UNT 7-3. Away Record: UAB 1-2, UNT 3-3. Neutral Record: UAB 1-2, UNT 0-2. Conference Record: UAB 1-2, UNT 1-3. Series Record: UAB leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: Two teams coming off narrow defeats meet at the Super Pit on Thursday night, as the UAB Blazers take on the North Texas Mean Green in a Conference USA tilt.

UTEP handed UAB a 63-61 defeat last Saturday. The Blazers have not been able to get any momentum going recently, having alternated wins and losses over the last five games.

North Texas also lost a heartbreaker last weekend, falling to Charlotte on the road, 76-74. The Mean Green have now dropped three of their last four decisions.

The only other meeting between these two programs was a 79-73 victory by UAB on Dec. 4, 1997. This is the first time the teams have met in Denton.

Rod Rucker scored 17 points in the loss to UTEP, while Chad Frazier and CJ Washington added 13 and 11 points, respectively. UAB led by a point with just under two minutes to play, but UTEP was able to make a late run and grab the victory. The Blazers shot a woeful 2-of-14 from 3-point range during the contest.

Frazier leads UAB in scoring this season with 17.5 ppg, and he has a team-best 79 assists as well. Washington (14.7 ppg) and Rucker (11.0 ppg) round out the scoring attack. UAB is tops in the conference in rebounding, averaging 46.5 rpg, with four players averaging at least 6.6 rpg, led by Washington with 7.6 rpg. UAB nets 77.9 ppg, while allowing 71.6 ppg to opponents.

The Mean Green lost on a last-second layup in its matchup with Charlotte last Saturday. The high scorer for the Mean Green was bench player Brandan Walton, who hit for 13 points, while fellow reserve T.J. Taylor notched 10 points, Jordan Williams added 12 and Colin Voss 11. The Mean Green held a 58-47 advantage with over 12 minutes left in the game before the 49ers began their comeback. A 10-0 run brought the margin down to one, but the Mean Green pushed that back out to four-point lead with just two minutes remaining, but they would not score the rest of the way and fell at the buzzer.

Alzee Williams leads the team in scoring this season with 12.2 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting from the field, although he is netting just 5.3 ppg in conference play. 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 72.6 ppg but give up 73.0 ppg.

Both teams would love to win this game to get back on track, but the Blazers are the more potent scoring squad and can also control the boards, so expect for them to come into Denton and escape with the victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UAB 76, North Texas 71

01/23 10:23:03 ET

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Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
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Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
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TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
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NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
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CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
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