UALR vs. North Texas matchup

With the exception of last season, UALR has fared pretty well against North Texas in the Steve Shields vs. Johnny Jones era.
UALR vs. North Texas
7 p.m. tonight
Denton, Texas
One stat jumps off the page in these games. When UALR clamps down defensively, it wins. When it doesn't, North Texas wins. That battle of wills will take place again tonight at the Super Pit in Denton, Texas.
North Texas shoots 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range this season. If the Mean Green reaches those percentages tonight, it's likely going to be a long night.
Last season, the Mean Green shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. But they shot 53 and 37 and 54 and 41 in two victories over the Trojans.
Conversely, the year before the Mean Green shot 44 and 36 percent for the season. North Texas shot 46 percent from the field, but only 12 percent from three-point range in the first meeting. And the Man Green shot 26 and 22 percent in the second meeting. Both were UALR victories.
A 40-percent three-point shooting North Texas team shot just 19 percent in a 2008 loss to UALR.
North Texas has improved its inside game in recent years and is not just a long-range bombing team anymore. But if the Mean Green are able to make shots from beyond the arc it figures to be a long night for UALR.
We'd expect to see a little more of Tramar Sutherland at times tonight. He was brought in as a defensive stopper and has a little more length to guard North Texas sharpshooter Tristan Thompson, who burned UALR last season by making 6 of 9 three-pointers in one game last season.