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Mean Green seeks revenge against reeling Ragin’ Cajuns
Brett Medeiros / Staff Writer
Just a week after facing the best defense in the Sun Belt Conference, the Mean Green is making its final road trip to Lafayette, La. as a member of the SBC to take on the worst-scoring defense in the conference.
In UNT’s previous matchup with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, defense was a luxury. ULL (7-15, 3-8) won the shootout 80-76, handing the Mean Green (8-14, 3-8) its first conference loss of the season in as many games.
“There is still a lot of basketball to be played this season,” head coach Tony Benford said. “We’ve got a chance to go out and steal road games and it all starts with Lafayette. You never know what can happen.”
One of the noticeable problems for the Mean Green in the game was a lack of discipline from sophomore forward Tony Mitchell.
Foul trouble plagued Mitchell all night, keeping him off the court and on the bench. Eventually, Mitchell fouled out of the game, totaling three points, four rebounds and five turnovers in 25 minutes of play.
Once again, UNT will have to work with a diminished roster because of injuries. In the previous matchup, 11 Mean Green players received playing time, but only seven or eight of those players will see time on the hardwood in tonight’s game.
“At the beginning of the season you can see [the team] struggling, but through each game you can see them playing harder and getting better day by day,” said junior forward Jacob Holmen, who is currently sidelined with a concussion. “We had a great opportunity with the last two home games and we are down a few players, but we will all be ready at the right time.”
Still searching for that spark, the Mean Green looks to take advantage of thea Ragin’ Cajun defense that gives up an average of 74 points a game.
The Mean Green is 5-4 all-time at the Cajundome, but is 1-4 in the last five matchups in Lafayette.
In those four losses, UNT has fallen short by an average of 3.5 points, further defining this rivalry matchup as it approaches its final stages.
“We are going to have to be very aggressive out on the floor because they are the worst defense in the conference,” senior guard Roger Franklin said. “We simply can’t take them lightly.”
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.