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Thursday’s NCAA Hoops Play – 1/26/17

Thursday’s NCAA Hoops Play – 1/26/17

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Charlotte -3

 

Today we have two teams that is heading in opposite directions…Charlotte comes in riding a 2 game winning streak…while N Texas is currently on an 8 game losing streak.

These two already tangled earlier in the season, with Charlotte winning by 25 points…The Mean Green might be looking for some payback, but I seriously don’t see them being able to accomplish that, even with this game being played in Denton.

Below are some of the Edges that Charlotte has on their side that will lead to a sweep of the Mean Green this season.

EDGE #1:……Charlotte’s offense will lead the way.

Charlotte’s offense is very good at scoring points…They currently are averaging 78.7 ppg, which ranks 3rd in the conference and 64th in the nation…Charlotte also is one of the best at launching the deep bombs and currently ranks 28th in the nation with a 39.1% average from long range…In addition, the 49ers are also solid from the FT line where they are shooting a solid 75.8%, which ranks 30th in the nation.

Side Note: Charlotte’s top 4 scorers can all launch the bombs and all average at least 38% shooting from three point land.

The 49ers average 8 three-pointers made per game and this kind of multiple long range weaponry can put the hurtin’ on any team, no matter who has the ball.

Charlotte’s offense, in their last game, was able to put up 74 points on and Old Dominion team that is one of the best on defense, allowing only 60.5 ppg, which ranks 5th in the nation…So scoring points on this North Texas defense should not be a problem for them.

Side Note: Charlotte already beat North Texas 101-76 earlier this season.

Side Note: Sophomore guard Davis leads the team and is 2nd in C-USA with his average of 19.5 ppg.

EDGE #2:……North Texas struggles offensively.

N Texas has not won a conference game so far this season…In fact, they haven’t won a game in over a month now…And the main reason for that is their weak offensive play.

The Mean Green has really struggled to score points and is currently averaging just 66.6 ppg, which ranks 11th in the conference and 316th in the nation…In addition, the Mean Green is only shooting 41.4% from the field and just 29.8% from long ranges, which ranks 328th in the nation…And lastly, the Mean Green ain’t so mean at the FT line where they are shooting a terrible 63.6%, which ranks 326th in the nation.

Side Note: North Texas is ranked 314th in the nation averaging just 5 three-pointers made per game.

The Mean Green offense this year has struggled and that is a fact…But, their offensive struggles will get even worse now that they will be without their best player in forward Combs, who was lost for the season…Combs led the Mean Green in minutes played, scoring and rebounds…He was averaging 26+ minutes pg, 10.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg…Combs was also the only player for the Mean Green that was averaging in double-figures as well.

Side Note: North Texas offense has struggled in conference games as they have scored less than 60 points in 3 games so far.

North Texas will also be without guard Frazier, who is currently listed as out due to a knee injury…Frazier before his injury, was averaging 18.75 minutes, 8 ppg and 3.5 rebs pg….No injuries are listed for the 49ers.

 

 

KEY #3:…..North Texas is spiraling downward fast.

As mentioned above, the Mean Green hasn’t won a game in over a month now…and currently are on an 8 game losing streak…They are also currently coming off an 81-57 blow out loss to La Tech and that does nothing but hurt them mentally/psychologically for this one.

This game is at home…but the Mean Green is 0-3 in their last 3 conference home games, where they only averaged just 62.7 ppg…Now with two players out of the lineup, who averaged 18.9 points and 10 rebounds between them…how will they be able to keep up with the 49ers scoring machine.

Side Note: In conference play, the Mean Green have lost 5 of their 7 games by 10 or more points.

Bottom line is I know that the weakness of the 49ers is that they suck on the defensive end…However, in this matchup, I feel that defense will not be the important factor or the key edge that will determine who will win this game…Offensive firepower and the ability to put the round ball into the round hole, will be.

North Texas already proved that they could not handle the fire power that the 49ers can unleash, as they were already spanked by 25 points in the first game between the two…And although this game is on the road, where the 49ers are just 1-6 on the season, I still cannot overlook the fact that the 49ers offense in road games is averaging 74.6 ppg, 38.7% shooting from long range and 73.1% from the line.

With the Mean Green being without their leading scorer and top rebounder for this one…I can only see them continuing to struggle to score points and that definitely is not a good way to face this Charlotte team who is averaging 82 points per game in conference play, while North Texas is averaging just 63 points per game in conference play.

Charlotte’s offense will be too much for North Texas to handle…And that’s the bottom line…….GO 49ERS!

Side Note: Charlotte currently ranks 218th overall by Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings…while North Texas is currently ranked 300th.

Side Note: North Texas is 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games after an ATS loss.

Side Note: Charlotte is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games following 3 consecutive home games.

Side Note: Charlotte is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs a team with a losing SU record.

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