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ASU men host North Texas Saturday night


Game 22: North Texas Mean Green (8-15, 3-9 Sun Belt West Division) at
 Arkansas State Red Wolves (13-8, 7-5 Sun Belt West Division)
February 2, 2013  l  ASU Convocation Center (10,038)
Jonesboro, Arkansas l  7:05 p.m. (CT)
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 KFIN-FM, flagship) – Matt Stolz (Play-By-Play)
TV: None

Tip Off: The Arkansas State University men's basketball team will wrap up its three-game Sun Belt Conference (SBC) home stand this Saturday (Feb. 2) as the Red Wolves host the North Texas Mean Green in a divisional matchup.  A 7:05 p.m. (CT) start is slated for the contest at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark., in what represents the first matchup between the two teams for this 2012-13 regular season.

2012-13 A-StAte MBB Ticket Info: Tickets for the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball season are now on sale.  Individual single-game prices are $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more.  Tickets may bepurchased through the ASU Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS.  2012-13 ticket information is available on ASU Athletics official website –<>.

The Records: Arkansas State (13-8, 7-5 Sun Belt West Division).  The Red Wolves won their second straight with a 74-62 conference home decision over South Alabama Thursday (1/31) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.  This season to date, A-State is 10-2 at home, 3-6 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites.  North Texas (8-15, 3-9 Sun Belt West Division).  The Mean Green suffered a 105-74 conference road setback to Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday (1/31) at ULL's Cajundome in Lafayette, La., and are midst a current three-game losing streak.  UNT is 1-8 on the road, 5-6 at home, and 2-1 at neutral sites this season.

The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 74-74 (.500); Career - 355-290 (.550) – (4-5 vs. UNT).  Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).  He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU.  Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season.
 North Texas – Tony Benford (Texas Tech, 1992), 1st season, 8-15 (.348) – (0-0 vs. ASU).  Benford, a veteran of 20 years  in Division I basketball, is the 17th head coach in North Texas' history.  Prior to UNT, Benford served as an associate head coach at Marquette the last four seasons (2008-12).  While at Marquette, Benford was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches by Basketball Times, Fox Sports, and Hoop Scoop.  He also had assistant coaching stints at New Mexico (1992-98), Arizona State (1998-06), and Nebraska (2006-08).  Benford, who was an associate head coach at Arizona State (2004-06), played collegiately at Texas Tech (1982-86) and was selected in the fourth round (93rd pick overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

All-Time Series: Arkansas State has a 20-18 lead over North Texas in the all-time series which dates back to the 1963-64 season with the Red Wolves posting a 64-63 victory.  ASU is 8-8 at home, 10-8 on the road, and 2-2 at neutral sites.
• A-State went 1-2 against UNT last season, winning 75-72 at home (1/7) before falling 76-64 on the road (1/28) in regular-season action.  North Texas would post a 76-72 victory in the semifinal round of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament (3/5).  Trey Finn (17.5 ppg.) and Marcus Hooten (16.3 ppg.) were ASU's top points leaders in last season's series while Brandon Peterson (7.3 rpg.) and Finn (6.0 rpg.) paced the Red Wolves in rebounding.  A-State averaged 70.3 ppg. (211 pts.) and 31.7 rpg. (95 rebs.) in last season's three matchups. 
• The Red Wolves are 4-6 in the last 10 meetings, which includes a 2-3 ledger in the past five matchups.
• ASU is averaging 67.6 points per game (338 pts.) in the last five outings while North Texas is scoring at 70.8 points a contest (354 pts.).
• Six of the last 10 games have been decided by 10 points or more, including three of the last five.
• The Red Wolves are 8-7 in games decided by double digits and 12-11 when the points margin is less.
• ASU is 3-2 versus North Texas in the Red Wolves' last five home appearances with four of those games being decided by nine points or greater.        
• Marcus Hooten (16.3 ppg.), Trey Finn (9.8 ppg.), and Brandon Peterson (7.9 ppg.) are ASU's top active career scorers versus North Texas while Peterson (5.3 rpg.) and Finn (4.3 rpg.) lead the Red Wolves in rebounding. 

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