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Know Thy Opponent: North Texas Mean Green

Lets take a peak into who we will be playing Friday Evening.

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The North Texas Mean Green.

Who are they?

What are they?

Why are they?

2020 Record: 17-9

SB Nation Blog: Mean Green Nation

Last Meeting: 1970

Head Coach: Grant McCasland

North Texas Offense: North Texas plays slow. Like slower than Wisconsin. They are near the bottom of college basketball in terms on pace of play. For having a low number of possessions each game, they do a nice job of scoring, averaging just below 70 points per game, good for 214th in the nation. Javion Hamlet is their leading scorer, he is a guard. At 6-4, 190 pounds, he is a nice combo type of player that averages 14 points per game. It looks like they only use around 7 guys in rotation, with the 8th man averaging less than 10 minutes per game.

North Texas Defense: This is a stingy defense. The Mean Green only allow 62 Points Per Game, good for 10th in the nation. I am unsure if it is due to great defense or the fact that the offense plays so slow - it is probably a mixture of both. Their big man averages just under 1 block per game and isn’t a true rim protector. But as an overall defense, they play tough on ball defense and make it difficult for teams to get into their sets, something that Purdue prides themselves on.

Game Outlook: To my blind eye, I think Purdue has too many advantages. I think we can speed the game up just enough to make the Mean Green uncomfortable with Jaden Ivey leading that charge. While they have two big men, one is a senior, the other is a freshman. IF we can get the 6-10 starter into foul trouble, then we should be in okay shape against the number two in the post. I can’t see them playing much small ball with our size advantage and they don’t want to push the ball too much.

Way too early prediction:

Boilers 75 Mean Green 62