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The Charlotte 49ers are on the road again to face the North Texas Mean Green in a Conference-USA match-up on Thursday night. Both teams are high on confidence after winning their previous games.
Charlotte's conference record continues to impressForm
The 49ers have been pretty steady right through the season. They have a 14-9 season record and have bettered that in conference play, with an 8-4 record. They've won their previous two games, and four of their last six.
The 49ers beat UTSA Roadrunners 91-84. Jordan Shepherd scored 26 points, 5 of 7 from distance. He also had seven boards. Malik Martin chipped in with 19 points. Jahmir Young had 16 points.
The 49ers have quite a strong points differential. They have scored 68.4, while they concede 64.3, which puts them 54th in that statistic. That defense has been their unique selling points this season.
He's done it again! And again, and again, and again, and again!
Young Garners Sixth C-USA Freshman of the Week Award
— Charlotte Men’s Basketball (@CharlotteMBB) February 10, 2020
North Texas sit atop the C-USAForm
The Mean Green have been in sensational touch this season. They have a 16-9 season record. In conference play, their 10-2 record puts them first in the C-USA standings. In their previous 11 games, they have lost just one.
The Mean Green beat the UAB Blazers 71-64 in their previous game. Javion Hamlet and Umoja Gibson had 13 points apiece, while Thomas Bell scored 12 points. James Reese chipped in with 11 points.
North Texas have built their season around their sterling defense. They currently concede just 63.3 points per game, which puts them 36th nationally. Offensively, they score 71.5 points a game.
LIGHT THE TOWER!
Your Mean Green improve to 10-2 in conference!
Javion: 13 pts
Mo: 13 pts
Thomas: 12 pts
Reese: 11 pts
Zach: 8 pts
DJ: 8 pts
Rose: 3 pts
— North Texas Basketball (@MeanGreenMBB) February 8, 2020
Trends as seen on covers.com are: North Texas Mean Green are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Charlotte 49ers are:
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It's all on the line for the Mean Green. A presence in March will mean a lot to their campaign, but how deep can they go? How efficiently can they close out these games? In terms of defensive capability, the Mean Green are right up there. They have closed out tight games extremely well so far, and that experience and confidence will make a big difference in close games likes these.
Prediction: North Texas -8
Full-Game Total Pick
Both these teams like slow-paced, controlled basketball. They both rank inside the top 100 in points conceded, which should make a big difference in terms of possessions. Fewer the possessions, lower the chances of points racking up. The Mean Green concede just 63.3 points per game, which makes them one of the best defensive teams in the country. Expect a low-scoring thriller.
Prediction: Under 127