March 28, 2018
|North Texas men's basketball vs. San Francisco (CBI finals)
|Date | Time
|| Wednesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m. CT
|| Denton, TX | The Super Pit
|| ESPNU - Roy Philpott (PxP), Jason Capel (Color)
|| MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)
|| North Texas | USF
DENTON - The North Texas men's basketball team is in a familiar position in game two of the College Basketball Invitational, win or your season ends.
The Mean Green (18-18) will face the University of San Francisco on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 at the Super Pit on ESPNU. In game one, the Dons hit 12 first-half three-pointers and raced to a 46-30 halftime lead. North Texas got within eight points in the second half but couldn't complete the comeback giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead.
12 teams are still playing for a chance to win one of the four postseason national tournaments. The NCAA tournament is down to the Final Four, NIT has two teams left, CIT has four and CBI with two.
After three-straight double-digit wins, North Texas got knocked down in a 10-point game one loss on the road. The Mean Green return to the Super Pit where they hold a 12-6 record this season and has been a huge home court advantage in the CBI Tournament. In their two home wins, North Texas has started fast with a 16-point halftime lead against Mercer and a 28-point lead against Jacksonville State.
In order to do that against San Francisco, UNT has to slow down starting point guard Frankie Ferrari, who controlled the offense in game one with 13 points and nine assists. USF's starting five all contributed with 67 of the 72 points scored.
With their backs against the wall, North Texas is two home wins away from a CBI championship and their first winning season since 2011-12.
Tickets for Wednesday's Game 2 at the Super Pit are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-18, and can be purchased online here, by phone at 940-565-2527, or in person at the North Texas Ticket Office at Apogee Stadium's Gate 2 or at the Super Pit on gameday beginning one hour before tipoff.
UNT Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $10 by calling or visiting the ticket office.
Admission for UNT students is free with a valid UNT student ID. However, there is a limited number of free tickets for students. When that supply is exhausted, students with valid ID can purchase tickets for $5.
Player pass/will call will be located at Gate C at the Super Pit.
About the Opponent: San Francisco (CBI finals, game two)
• This will be the second meeting between the two schools. North Texas lost the first meeting in game one of the CBI finals on the road at San Francisco 72-62. The Dons hit 14 three-pointers and dished out 20 assists in the victory. The starting lineup scored 67 of the 72 points with all five in double-figures. Chase Foster led the way with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds.
• The University of San Francisco is 22-15 on the season and holds a 4-7 road record. The Dons earned all four CBI wins at home against Colgate 72-68, Utah Valley 78-73, Campbell 65-62 and North Texas 72-62. Their last road win came on Feb. 22 at Pacific 84-74.
• Frankie Ferrari, first-team all-league, leads the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game and in assists with 169. Jordan Ratinho is second in scoring at 11.1 points per game. Freshman Souley Boum is third on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game and was named to the all-freshman team. Matt McCarthy leads the team in rebounding at 5.8 boards per game and Nate Renfro is second at 5.2 boards per game.
• The Dons are 8-2 in their last 10 games and defeated 15th-ranked Saint Mary's earlier in the season. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981 and '82 seasons.
• USF is one of 16 teams that own multiple NCAA Championships. The Dons won back-to-back championships in 1955 and '56 led by future NBA Hall of Famers Bill Russell and KC Jones. Russell was a first team All-America averaging 20 points and 20 rebounds per game.
• San Francisco set a new school-record with 312 makes from downtown. The Dons have four players who have hit 40 or more three-pointers this season. Jordan Ratinho leads the team with 84.
• The Dons are 17-2 on the season when they outrebound their opponents and are 19-2 when they hold a halftime lead.