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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas will face Louisiana Tech in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament tonight at the Ford Center in Frisco.

The Mean Green are the No. 7 seed in the event. Louisiana Tech is the No. 10 seed. 

These teams played a thriller earlier in the year. The Bulldogs won it on a pair of free throws late.

The Mean Green have struggled late in the year and have dropped six of their last seven games. UNT played a bunch of C-USA's elite teams in that stretch and also fell to UTEP in their regular season finale. The Miners were in a win-or-go-home situation and won on a dunk in the closing seconds.

Roosevelt Smart has been UNT's best player all year and leads the Mean Green with an average of 18.8 points per game.

Louisiana Tech is a long and athletic team. Guards Jacobi Boykins and DeQuan Bracey are averaging 14.6 and 13.2 points per game, respectively.

Anthonyi Duruji and Amorie Archibald gave UNT fits in the Bulldogs' 66-65 win earlier this season. Duruji scored 25 points and Archibald 21. 

8:25 -- In a side note, UNT enters tonight's game having gone three seasons without a postseason win. UNT failed to make the tournament last season. 

8:27 -- It looks like Jorden Duffy will  be available tonight. The junior missed UNT's last two games due to injury.

8:29 -- UNT president Neal Smatresk is in the house. 

Starters for UNT -- Zachary Simmons, Roosevelt Smart, A.J. Lawson, Allante Holston and Ryan Woolridge.

15:38 -- UNT is up 7-5 at the first media timeout. Louisiana Tech is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. Roosevelt Smart has hit a 3 early for the Mean Green. 

10:25 -- Louisiana Tech has scored four straight to pull within 17-14. UNT just took a quick timeout. 

6:35 -- Louisiana Tech is on an 8-1 run and has tied up its game against UNT at 18-18. Roosevelt Smart has six points for UNT. The Mean Green have hit three shots from 3-point range. 

3:24 -- UNT is up 22-20 late in the first half. Louisiana Tech is headed to the line to try to tie this game up. Roosevelt Smart has 10 points to lead UNT. Louisiana Tech is 1-for-9 from 3-point range. 

1:14 -- Louisiana Tech is up 26-25 on UNT late in the first half. UNT was down four, but has scored three straight. TO Bulldogs. 

Halftime -- UNT is down 31-27 at halftime of its first round game against Louisiana Tech. The Mean Green led by as many as seven in the early going before the Bulldogs got going. Louisiana Tech went on an 8-0 run. Exavian Christon later scored two late buckets, a 3 and the last field goal of the half. Roosevelt Smart has 11 points to lead UNT. 

16:17 -- UNT has scored five straight points to pull within 37-35 after Louisiana Tech pushed its lead to 37-30. DJ Draper hit a big 3 off a rebound. Ryan Woolridge has been able to get into the lane in the second half and how has 10 points. 

14:09 -- UNT and Louisiana Tech are all tied up at 39-39 after the Mean Green scored the last four points. Ryan Woolridge got into the lane for layup to tie the score up. Roosevelt Smart has 14 points for UNT.

12:41 -- Louisiana Tech has scored five straight and is up 44-39. TO UNT. 

11:45 -- UNT is down 44-39 at the under-12 media timeout. Louisiana Tech is on a 5-0 run and will have the ball coming out of this timeout. UNT has gone cold from the field. 

7:44 -- UNT is down 48-44 at the under-8 media timeout. Louisiana Tech is headed to the line coming out of this timeout. UNT barely got off a shot on its last possession. Roosevelt Smart made a circus shot in the lane when it looked like Louisiana Tech was going to get a shot clock violation.

3:56 -- UNT is down 53-50 at the under-4 media timeout. Roosevelt Smart hit a pair of free throws for the Mean Green's last two points. Louisiana Tech was up five and had a couple of chances to stretch that lead, but UNT held strong.  

1:31 -- UNT is down 58-52 and just took a timeout. Louisiana Tech has the ball. UNT needs a stop here.

Final -- UNT falls 68-62. Stay tuned for tonight's story and rewind.