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UNT to face La.-Monroe in Sun Belt tourney

North Texas, seeded No. 2 in the Sun Belt men's basketball championship, has a first-round bye and will face Louisiana-Monroe, a 76-75 winner over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, in a quarterfinal game at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in Hot Springs, Ark.

UNT won the West division with a 13-5 record in conference play (21-8 overall). If there's anything to the notion that you want to be playing well headed into the conference tournament, North Texas could be in good shape. The Mean Green are on an eight-game winning streak.

A few players to watch:

* Junior guard Josh White leads UNT in several statistical categories. He's the leading scorer at 14.9 points per game and plays more minutes than anybody else at 35.6 minutes per game.

* Junior guard Tristan Thompson is right behind White at 14 points per game and has the top 3-point shooting percentage on the team at nearly 42 percent. He's his a team-high 54 3-pointers this season.

* George Odufawa, a 6-f00t-8 forward from Dallas who transferred from Arizona State, gives the Mean Green some presence inside. He's the team leader in rebounds at 10.4 per game. He also has a team-high 25 blocks.