On the Men’s Basketball side, Middle Tennessee was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Butler 74-65 on Saturday. Rice fell to Utah Valley 85-79 on Monday and was eliminated in the CIT. On the Women’s Basketball side, Middle Tennessee defeated Wake Forest 73-66 in the WNIT on Sunday to advance to play Georgia Tech in Round 3 on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM ET; and Rice defeated UT Rio Grande Valley in the WBI on Sunday 73-63 and advances to the WBI Final Four. Rice will face off against Idaho in the semi-finals on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM CT.
In Men’s Basketball, (12) Middle Tennessee defeats (5) Minnesota to advance to the Round of 32 to face (4) Butler on Sat. March 18th. Rice Defeated San Francisco to advance to play Utah Value on Mon. March 20th. In Women’s Basketball, Western Kentucky fell to Ohio State; Southern Miss fell to Arkansas Little Rock; Louisiana Tech fell to SMU; Middle Tennessee defeated Morehead State to advance to the next round to play Wake Forest on Sun. March 19th. In the WBI, RIce defeated Lamar and will advance to play UT Rio Grande Valley on Sun. March 19th.
Press Conference introducing Grant McCasland as the new Head Coach for the Men’s Basketball program. Also an interview by MGRN John Liddle and some news articles on the Introductory Press Conference held earlier today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-7nDDRpqgA Letter From Wren Baker, Vice President and Director of Athletics March 13, 2017 Dear Mean Green Family, I am writing today to inform you that we have found the next head coach for your Mean Green men’s basketball program. It is with great excitement that I announce that Coach Grant McCasland will be the 18th Head Men’s Basketball Coach in our history. As you are a loyal supporter of the program, I wanted to share this information with you first. Coach McCasland is an 18-year coaching veteran and arrives at North Texas after leading Arkansas State to a 20-win season for only the fourth time
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were seeded at the #12 Sport and will face off against #5 seed Minnesota in Milwaukee, WI on March 16 at 3:00 PM Central. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes in a #12 versus #5 matchup. Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, and Middle Tennessee also have received invites to the field of 64 in the WNIT.
Congratulations to Middle Tennessee on posting their second consecutive Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship and to Western Kentucky for winning the Women’s Basketball Tournament!
Men's Basketball (4) UTEP 56 (1) Middle Tennessee 82 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840291565260197892 (6) Marshall 93 (2) Louisiana Tech 77 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840320543463231488 Day 4 Match-up (6) Marshall (1) Middle Tennessee 7:30 PM TV: CBS Sports Network Women's Basketball (4) Louisiana Tech 53 (1) Western Kentucky 77 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840357344559144961 (3) Southern Miss 59 (2) Middle Tennessee 54 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840397329177956353 Day 4 Match-up (3) Southern Miss (1) Western Kentucky 4:30 PM TV: CBS Sports Network
(8) North Texas 51 (12-19 8-10) (1) Western Kentucky 78 (25-6 16-2) Final Starters Terra Ellison Tyara Warren Kelsey Criner Candice Adams Terriell Bradley Player of the Game honors goes to Tyara Warren who lead the team with 15 points. She was 5 of 8 (62.5%) from the floor, made her one 3-point shot, and was 4 of 5 (80%) from the free throw line. She collected 1 offensive and 3 defensive rebounds, and and a block and a steal on 36 minutes of action. Also in double figures was Kelsey Criner with 12 points. Game Stats Mean Green Sports Recap Denton Record Chronicle Recap
Men's Basketball (9) UTSA 70 (1) Middle Tennessee 86 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/839919933261742080 (5) Rice 76 (4) UTEP 86 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/839962648154345472 (7) UAB 57 (2) Louisiana Tech 69 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840011247512870912 (6) Marshall 64 (3) Old Dominion 63 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840055676231667713 Day 3 Match-ups (4) UTEP (1) Middle Tennessee 11:30 AM TV: CBS Sports Network | Radio: MTSU | UTEP (6) Marshall (2) Louisiana Tech 2:00 PM TV: CBS Sports Network | Radio: LaTech | Marshall Women's Basketball (8) North Texas 51 (1) Western Kentucky 78 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/839938644681056256 (5) Charlotte 55 (4) Louisiana Tech 66 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/839981412396736512 (10) Rice 59 (2) Middle Tennessee 61 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840029875016740864 (6) Old Dominion 74 (3) Southern Miss 80 Final https://twitter.com/Conference_USA/status/840069844967931907 Day 3 Match-ups (4) Louisiana Tech (1) Western Kentucky 4:30 PM TV: American Sports Network | Radio: LaTech | WKU (3) Southern Miss (2) Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM TV: American Sports Network | Radio: MTSU | Southern Miss
(9) UAB 62 (15-15 8-10) (8) North Texas 65 (12-18 8-10) Final/OT2 Starters Terra Ellison Tyara Warren Kelsey Criner Candice Adams Terriell Bradley Player of the Game honors goes to the two Lady Mean Green who picked up Double-Doubles in a double overtime thriller over the UAB Blazers. Senior Terra Ellison had a career day scoring 21 points while picking up 10 rebounds. She was 10 of 16 (62.5%) from the floor, made her sole 3-point attempt, and was 0 of 2 from the free throw line. She collected 3 offensive rebounds and 7 defensive rebounds while also gather up 3 assists, a block, and 3 steals on 46 minutes