UNT's had bumpy ride to Sun Belt final

March, 8, 2011
3/08/11
5:28
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- North Texas, a program with one NCAA Tournament appearance in its nine decades, is playing for the right to dance for the third time in five years.

It's been a bumpy road to the Sun Belt final for the Mean Green. UNT was the preseason favorite after returning all but one starter from last season's league championship squad, but the Mean Green stumbled to an 8-8 record in Sun Belt play with All-Sun Belt guard Tristan Thompson and coach Johnny Jones butting heads.

Thompson has put the Mean Green on his back during the conference tournament, averaging 26.7 points in three wins. He torched top-seeded Florida Atlantic for 36 points in the quarterfinals, going 7-of-11 from the floor and 20-of-20 from the line.

Now all that stands between UNT and the Big Dance are the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, a team that lost twice to the Mean Green this season.

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