Chalk talk: UNT at Marshall

North Texas coach Tony Benford and the Mean Green will wrap up their season on Saturday at Marshall. (Denton Record-Chronicle/Jeff Woo)

North Texas coach Tony Benford and the Mean Green will wrap up their season on Saturday at Marshall. (Denton Record-Chronicle/Jeff Woo)

North Texas at Marshall

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington, West Virginia

Radio: KHYI-FM 95.3, KNTU-FM 88.1

Records: UNT 8-21, 2-15 Conference USA; Marshall 16-14, 9-8 Conference USA

Last game: Western Kentucky 74, UNT 63; Rice 89, Marshall 88

Projected UNT starting lineup:

PG: J-Mychal Reese, 6-2, Sr. — Reese bounced back from a rare off night offensively by scoring 14 points in UNT’s loss to Western Kentucky. The senior hit all but one of his five 3-point attempts. He is averaging 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

G: Ryan Woolridge, 6-3, Fr. — Woolridge finished with nine points and six assists in UNT’s loss to Western Kentucky The freshman has been one of UNT’s best players late in the season and is averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

G: A.J. Lawson, 6-5, Fr. — Lawson endured a tough shooting night in UNT’s loss to Western Kentucky and finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting. He is averaging 10.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

F: Shane Temara, 6-9, Jr. — Temara finished with eight points in UNT’s loss to Western Kentucky and is in a bit of a shooting slump. The junior has hit just one of his last nine 3-point attempts over three games. He is averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

F: Derail Green, 6-7, Sr. — Green saw his streak of games scoring in double figures end at four when he finished with nine points in UNT’s loss to Western Kentucky. Green hit two 3s against the Hilltoppers and is averaging 8.1 points per game.

Scouting Marshall: The Thundering Herd have lost three of their last four games and are in a tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings with UAB. Marshall is also only one game up on Western Kentucky. Jon Elmore is averaging 20.3 points per game to lead the Thundering Herd, which has a lot to play for today.

What you need to know: UNT’s disastrous fifth season under Tony Benford will mercifully come to an end Saturday. The Mean Green will be one of just two teams in C-USA to not make the league tournament.

The game will mark the end of the line for Reese and Green as far as their college careers go. It could also mark Combs last appearance with the Mean Green if he elects to transfer.

The junior said he would consider his options at the end of the season.

The game is also the last under Benford’s current five-year deal.

UNT athletic director Wren Baker has maintained that he will evaluate the program at the end of the season.

That time has now nearly arrived.

 

 

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