Tulane vs North Texas Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

North Texas (17-13) vs Tulane (14-16)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: North Texas -5.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green and the Tulane Green Wave will meet in the second round of the AAC Championship this Thursday in Fort Worth from the Dickies Arena on ESPNU. UNT enters as 5.5-point favorites, with the total sitting at 141.5. Stay tuned for our Tulane vs North Texas Prediction. 

Tulane Preview: Will the Green Wave Extend Their Season?

Tulane closed at 14-16 after defeating Wichita State in New Orleans, 85-75. The Green Wave used a strong second half to beat the Shockers on Senior Night, and they’ll attempt to keep their season alive here versus the Mean Green. Tulane is scoring 82.3 points per game, on 47.7% shooting, while allowing 80.0 ppg, and they’re 2-8 over their last ten games.

Tulane’s Impact Players

  • Veteran forward Kevin Cross came thru with a game-high 31 points in the Wichita State victory, and he leads Tulane in scoring (17.8), rebounding (7.2), and assists (4.6). 
  • Senior guard Jaylen Forbes went for team-high 24 points in the USF matchup, and he’s second on the team at 14.2 ppg. 
  • Junior swingman Sion James scored 17 points in February matchup with UNT, and he’s averaging 13.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg. 
  • Baton Rouge native Collin Holloway went for a team-high 16 points in the loss to Memphis,  and he’s up to 12.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg. 

North Texas Preview: Can the Mean Green Capitalize on Their Regional Ties?

North Texas finished at 17-13 after defeating Rice in Houston, 71-55. The Mean Green marched back after the break to pick up the in-state victory, and they’ll seek similar results against the Green Wave here in nearby Fort Worth. UNT is scoring 68.6 points per game, on 43.6% shooting, while allowing 62.4 ppg, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games.

North Texas’ Impact Players

  • Sophomore guard Jason Edwards poured in a game-high 32 points in the FAU defeat, and he leads UNT in scoring (19.1). 
  • Junior swingman Aaron Scott led the way with an 18-point double-double in the win over Tulsa, and he’s averaging 11.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg.  
  • Ole Miss transfer Robert Allen has reached double figures in three of the last six games, and he leads the Mean Green in rebounding (7.2), while scoring 7.6 ppg. 

Tulane vs North Texas Game Trends

  • TUL is 12-16-1 ATS, with a 17-11-1 over/under record.
  • UNT is 17-11 against the spread, with a 14-13-1 O/U record.

Tulane vs North Texas Prediction  

Tulane managed to come thru in their home finale, but they’ll face a challenge here with a stiff North Texas team. The Mean Green closed the season well, and after beating the Green Wave twice this season, they’ll not only enter this one with a physical advantage, but a mental one as well. Tulane dropped ten of their previous eleven games before sneaking out of Senior Nite with a victory, and I like testing them here with North Texas essentially on home turf. Back UNT for this AAC matchup.

Corey’s Pick North Texas TO COVER

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