December 20, 2007 9:40 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
Centenary (Summit) at North Texas (Sun Belt)
Super Pit - Denton, TX
8:00 PM EST
We hear there's some battle royale of double-digit undefeateds happening somewhere tonight, but we don't give a %^#&. Our invisible G!O!T!N! broadcast team will be in Denton, providing virtual "TMM 360" event coverage of two teams that couldn't be more different, disposition-wise: the Gentlemen and the Mean Green.
Centenary (7-4, 1-1 SL) is 3-1 against the great state of Texas (loss: at Baylor), and notably took advantage of Bobby Knight's niceness and beating Tech earlier this month. This right here is the 15th-best 3-point shooting team in the country, and the Gentlemen are great from the line, sinking 75.5 percent of their freebies (that's 17th best). And don't forget about the Gents' "white-glove defense", which may allow a lot of shots to go in but ends a lot of possessions prematurely: Rob Flaska's squad forces a Badlands Conference-best 17 turnovers a game.
Tonight, the staid Gentlemen will travel from their geodesic Gold Dome to the funky Super Pit, where they will be challenged to get down. North Texas (7-2), defending Sun Belt champions, have shown themselves to be gritty on the glass again, averaging a league-best 37 rebounds and grabbing 59.7 percent of all available missed shots (only 13 teams do it better). The Mean Green are led by 5-10 Josh White, one of the most exciting freshmen in Hoops Nation with his game-winning heroics against Oklahoma State earlier this season, and his 18.6 ppg. He's a nice player -- a perfect gentleman, even -- but the team is Mean! Mean! Grrrr! Tune in for the ultimate battle that will determine the collective mood of Hoops Nation.
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