Who's Playing

Alcorn State @ North Texas

Regular Season Records: Alcorn State 18-13; North Texas 26-7

What to Know

The Alcorn State Braves and the North Texas Mean Green are set to clash at 8 p.m. ET March 15 at The Super Pit in the first round of the NIT. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'

Alcorn State was close but no cigar last week as they fell 66-62 to the Texas Southern Tigers. Guard Byron Joshua put forth a good effort for the losing side as he posted a double-double on 21 points and ten boards along with six assists.

Meanwhile, the Mean Green came up short against the UAB Blazers last Friday, falling 76-69. North Texas' defeat came about despite a quality game from guard Aaron Scott, who dropped a double-double on 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Alcorn State is the clear underdog, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Alcorn State, who are 15-16 against the spread.

A couple offensive stats to keep an eye on: Alcorn State has only been able to knock down 41.10% percent of their shots, which is the 15th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. North Texas has experienced some struggles of their own as they are ninth worst in college basketball in points per game, with only 64.2 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: The Super Pit -- Denton, Texas
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $20.00


The Mean Green are a big 17.5-point favorite against the Braves, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Mean Green as a 17-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last eight years.