Beard Jr., FIU host N. Texas

Posted at 6:44 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 06:44:59-05

North Texas (20-6, 8-5) vs. Florida International (15-11, 6-7)

Ocean Bank Convocation Center, Miami; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two senior guards will be on display as Ryan Woolridge and North Texas will take on Brian Beard Jr. and Florida International. Woolridge is averaging 12.6 points and six assists over the last five games. Beard has scored 20 percent of the team's points this season and is averaging 11.2 over his last five games.

SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Florida International's Beard has averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.1 steals while Devon Andrews has put up 15.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. For the Mean Green, Woolridge has averaged 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while Michael Miller has put up 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Woolridge has either made or assisted on 47 percent of all North Texas field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 28 field goals and 30 assists in those games.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Mean Green have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Panthers. Florida International has 37 assists on 81 field goals (45.7 percent) over its previous three matchups while North Texas has assists on 34 of 72 field goals (47.2 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy North Texas defense has held opponents to just 61.5 points per game, the 11th-lowest in Division I. Florida International has allowed an average of 81.6 points through 26 games (ranked 310th, nationally).


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