The Mean Green are coming off three straight victories at home and are currently a half game ahead of UAB in the conference standings.
UAB now sitting at 6-5 in conference play is at risk of missing out on a top four seed for the second year in a row. That’s a sentence that I never would have thought I’d have to type going in to this season. The Blazers are losing to the top teams and beating the bottom tier teams. If that trend continues we’ll be right in the middle of the pack again.
If you take a look at the remaining schedule you’ll find what might be the toughest seven game stretch for any team in the conference. Reaching the 20 win mark may be in serious jeopardy. It goes with out saying that UAB has their work cut out for them.
Scouting the Mean Green
Compared to prior seasons North Texas is having a solid first year under their new coach Grant McCasland. The Mean Green are 13-10 and have two top 150 wins which UAB can’t claim. They’ve preyed on the lower tier conference teams thus far like we have so it will be interesting to see where they match up with UAB.
I have bad news for you all. North Texas has one of the best three-point shooters in the nation. Roosevelt Smart, who is only a sophomore, has hit 82 triples this season and has hit more than six in a game five times. At Rice last month he went 9-16 from behind the arc and had 39 points. He can fill it up.
North Texas isn’t going to play with a lot of size like Middle Tennessee or Old Dominion but they scheme really well to compensate for it. Their guards are pesky and active defensively which UAB has struggled against this season at times.
I don’t think North Texas stopping UAB offensively like UTSA was able to is likely. I predict they’ll do what most teams have done against the Blazers in just trying to out score them from behind the arc. Maybe we’ll come out with some pride tomorrow and beat a team that we’re better than on paper.
3 Keys to Blazer Victory
- This is a game UAB can really take advantage of their size in the interior. We’ll need to be efficient and aggressive early to set the tone.
- UAB’s guards will have to guard with out fouling. North Texas’ back court has some decent size and they’ll attack the rim if given the opportunity.
- We’re due for a game where we start quick and keep our foot on the peddle. North Texas can be overwhelmed if we don’t settle for bad shots early.