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Chalk talk: Indiana State at UNT

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Indiana State at North Texas

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Super Pit

Records: UNT 4-5, Indiana State 3-4

Radio: KNTU-FM 88.1, KHYI-FM 95.3

Last game: Texas-Arlington 65, UNT 60; Indiana State 74, Air Force 64

UNT projected starting lineup:

PG: Ryan Woolridge (6-3, Soph.) -- Wooldridge scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in UNT's loss to UTA and has failed to reach double figures in scoring in three of UNT's last four games. He is averaging 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Woolridge has 37 assists on the season. 

G: A.J. Lawson (6-5, Soph.) -- Lawson endured a tough shooting night in UNT's loss to UTA. He went 3 of 12 from the field on his way to scoring six points. Lawson is averaging 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 

G: Roosevelt Smart (6-3, Soph.) -- Smart has been UNT's most consistent player all season and is coming off a 14-point outing in the Mean Green's loss to UTA. He is shooting 45.9 percent (28 of 61) from 3-point range and is averaging 17.1 points per game.

F: Zachary Simmons (6-9, Fr.) -- Simmons took just two shots from the field in UNT's loss to UTA and scored two points before fouling out. The freshman did grab six rebounds against the Mavericks. He is averaging 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. 

F: Shane Temara (6-9, Sr.) -- Temara is coming arguably his best overall game of the season in UNT's loss to UTA. He posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Temara went 6-for-12 from the field. He's averaging 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. 

Scouting Indiana State: The Sycamores knocked off Indiana earlier this season enter their game against the Mean Green having won two of their last three. Indiana State features a potent backcourt with three guards all averaging double figures in Jordan Barnes (15.0), Brenton Scott (12.4) and Qiydar Davis (12.0). Barnes is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. 

What you need to know: UNT's injury and eligibility problems have gone from bad to worse in the last few days.

The Mean Green have already lost freshman point guard Umoja Gibson for the season with a broken leg. UNT's backcourt got even thinner when guard Jorden Duffy went down with a knee injury in the Mean Green's loss to UTA.

Forward Mark Tikhonenko hasn't played all season, or practiced with the team in weeks as he awaits a ruling on his eligibility status from the NCAA, which is looking into his high school transcripts. The Russian native began his high school career in Spain. 

UNT is having to make due with the players it has and is looking to build some momentum after losing its last two games and three of its last four.

McCasland had never lost three straight games in his coaching career until dropping the last three games of last season at Arkansas State and will look to avoid another three-game slide tonight.

That could be a tough task considering the Mean Green will face a solid Indiana State team shorthanded. Containing the Sycamores' guards will be paramount. 

FEATURED PHOTO: North Texas forward Shane Temara (50) shoots over a Grambling State player in a game at the Super Pit earlier this season. (Jake King/DRC)