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Chalk talk: Bethune-Cookman at UNT

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Bethune-Cookman at North Texas

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Super Pit

Records: UNT 1-1, Bethune-Cookman 1-1

Radio: KNTU-FM 88.1, KHYI-FM 95.3

Last game: Nebraska 86, UNT 67; Texas-Rio Grande Valley 92, Bethune-Cookman 74

UNT projected starting lineup:

PG: Ryan Woolridge (6-3, Soph.) -- Wooldridge is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The sophomore is coming off a 14-point outing in UNT's loss to Nebraska, but also turned the ball over five times.

G: A.J. Lawson (6-5, Soph.) -- Lawson has gotten off to a bit of a slow start after a standout freshman season and is averaging 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore played just 11 minutes in UNT's loss to Nebraska

G: Roosevelt Smart (6-3, Soph.) -- Smart is averaging 14.0 points per game and has hit half of his eight 3-point attempts on the season. The sophomore is coming off a tough outing in UNT's loss to Nebraska in which he scored just five points.

F: Zachary Simmons (6-9, Fr.) -- Simmons is expected to make his first start of the season against Bethune-Cookman after UNT lost starting guard Umoja Gibson for the season with a broken ankle. Simmons has scored four points in each of UNT's first two games.

F: Shane Temara (6-9, Sr.) -- Temara is off to a terrific start to his senior season and has scored in double figures in each of his first two games. The senior posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds at Nebraska. He is averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Scouting Bethune-Cookman: Ryan Ridder is in his first season as the Wildcats head coach after four seasons at Daytona State College. Ridder took over a program that finished 10-22 last season and has Bethune-Cookman playing a high-scoring style. The Wildcats are averaging 91.0 points per game and have five players averaging double figures in scoring, including senior guard Brandon Tabb, who is posting 17.5 points per game.

What you need to know: UNT suffered a tough loss at Nebraska on Monday, but the truly bad news was freshman guard Umoja Gibson broke his ankle and will be out for the remainder of the season. 

Gibson showed a ton of promise in the first two games of his UNT career and was averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. His numbers would be even more impressive if he hadn't been knocked out early in UNT's loss to Nebraska.

Despite the loss of Gibson, this is a game UNT should win handily. Bethune-Cookman struggle last season and is in the midst of an even bigger rebuilding project than the one Grant McCasland has begun at UNT.'

The Mean Green have three very winnable games coming beginning Thursday night and continuing with games against Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Rogers State before the schedule gets tougher. UNT will face Georgia Tech and Oklahoma later this month.

FEATURED PHOTO: North Texas guard A.J. Lawson (12) drives toward the basket as Southern Miss forward Eddie Davis III defends last season at the Super Pit. (Jeff Woo/DRC)