North Texas Basketball Breakout: UNT at UAB

North Texas to UAB

When: 15:00 Saturday

Where: Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Entries: UNT 15-5, 6-3 C-USA; UAB 13-6, 4-4 C-USA

Last game: Figure 72, UNT 60; Middle Tennessee 74, ZAO 73 (OT)

TV SET: Stadium

Radio: Mean Green Learfield IMG College

Projected UNT starting lineup

PG: Kai Huntsberry, 6-3, Sr – Huntsberry scored 10 points and had five assists in the loss to UNT Rice. He is averaging 11.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

GRAM: Tylor Perry, 5-11, Sr – Perry continued to excel offensively after UNT’s loss to Rice. He scored 18 points and scored four triples. He averages 17.7 points per game.

GRAM: Tyri Go, 6-5, senior. Eady put in his best game since joining Mean Green during the offseason. He finished with a season-high 13 points and three triples. He is averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

F: Aaron Scott, 6-7, So. – Scott scored three points and grabbed six rebounds in a loss to UNT Rice. He scored five points in two games after his four-game streak ended in double figures. He is averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

F: Abu Usman, 6-10, Jr. Unt scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the UNT loss to Rice. He is averaging 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Scouting ZAO

UAB have lost four of their last five games and have struggled to live up to expectations after entering the season as the favorite to win C-USA.

The Blazers have spent the last few games without Jordan Walker, who is averaging 23.8 points per game.

What do you need to know

UNT will look to get out of the game after a stunning loss to Rice on Thursday.

Mean Green dominated their series with the Owls and rose early before struggling in the second half. UNT has lost two of their last three games and is three games behind Florida Atlantic in the losing column.

UNT coach Grant McCasland said his team could not match Rice physically. It will not be easy to bounce back against UAB.

The Blazers are one of the most talented teams in C-USA.

All eyes will be on Walker’s status. UAB is not the same without its star player.

Even if Walker is still out, the UNT will be a test in Birmingham. Here’s a link to our preview story, which also looks at the UNT women’s game against UAB tomorrow afternoon.

BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.

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