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Mar 6, 2012; Hot Springs, AR, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers celebrate with the conference trophy at the conclusion of the game against the North Texas Mean Green during the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Summit Arena. Western Kentucky defeated North Texas 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

North Texas Coach Tony Benford “I’m going to take four suits”

While this season as a whole can’t be chalked up to anything close to good, the Mean Green have won 4 out of their last 6 games and just beat the #2 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament by 24 points.  Head Coach Tony Benford said after the game that “I wouldn’t want to play us, I’m going to take 4 suits”.  Benford believes that his team is dangerous going into the tournament and with the return of point guard Chris Jones they are healthier than they have been in quite some time.  The whole team is pushing forward with the mentality that they can beat anyone and should take it one game at a time.  Many players spoke about their confidence going into the tournament.

Coach Tony Benford

“I wouldn’t want to play us, I’ll be honest with you.  When you have guys like Tony and Roger who have been in that championship game, Chris Jones and the way Jordan is playing right now….were going to take it one game at a time”

Roger Franklin

“We wanted to go into the tournament with a win. Our mindset now is that we are ending on a positive note here and we can carry that over to the tournament. One thing coach Benford stressed to us is playing well going into the tournament, Western Kentucky showed that last year and had success against us”

Tony Mitchell

“We have to keep playing, we can’t be complacent.  We can’t be comfortable with this win, we have 4 games ahead of us”.  I don’t think anyone wants to play us.  We are playing really good right now”

 

North Texas (9) opens up the tournament against Louisiana-Lafayette (8) at 6:30 pm on Friday night in Hot Springs Arkansas.

Sun Belt Conference Tournament Seeding: Championship Bracket

1. Middle Tennessee (19-1, 0.950)

2. Arkansas State (12-8, 0.600)

3. South Alabama (14-6, 0.700)

4. FIU (11-9, 0.550)

5. UALR (11-9, 0.550)

6. WKU (10-10, 0.500)

7. Florida Atlantic (9-11, 0.450)

8. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-12, 0.400)

9. North Texas (7-13, 0.350)

10. Troy (6-14, 0.300)

11. Louisiana-Monroe (3-17, 0.150)

 

March madness begins this weekend and you never know what could happen, this team’s season could change in an instant with 4 straight wins.  I’ll be covering all the action from the tournament, if you can’t make it follow the action here and on Twitter. @JustinBrumit @TheRealSportDFW

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