North Texas advances to the College Basketball Invitational Tournament on the backs of Roosevelt Smart and Jorden Duffy each scoring 31 points in perhaps the most complete game the Mean Green have played in this 2017-2018 season. North Texas will face off against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 PM in the Super Pit in Denton, TX. Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total Mercer 31 36 67 North Texas 47 49 96 New Starting Lineup Appears to be Big Hit The starting combo of Woolridge, Duffy, Smart, Miller, and Simmons has produced 186 points in two games at a pace opposing teams have not been able to keep
North Texas finds yet itself battling it out in an ugly slugfest, this time with Rice Owls in the final game of a three game homestand. In the first half, neither team was able to find much of a groove, with both teams scoring a mere 51 combined. The second half is where the fireworks really started with shots finally falling, numerous lead changes and ties, and the outcome of the game not being decided until the final seconds when Ryan Woolridge hitting one of his two free throws to put the Mean Green up by 4 with 8 seconds
North Texas Athletics announced that they are changing the Mean Green Club into the Mean Green Scholarship Fund in conjunction with 2018 Football Season Tickets going on sale. Also coming with the name change is a fairly dramatic change to how football and basketball priority seats are handled depending on your donorship level. A new site was developed and does a good job of explaining the new benefits package. Here is the story from the Denton Record Chronicle. The article highlights that North Texas sits near the bottom of Conference USA when it comes to donor participation and total dollars contributed.
The Cardiac Kids pull out yet another close game, this time against the Florida International Panthers. The final 15 seconds of overtime may have provided a great thrill but may have also taken a few minutes off of many Mean Green fan lives. FIU's Beard was closely guarding Woolridge and Ryan lost the dribble where the ball squirted across the court. Ryan collected the ball and passed it off the an open D.J. Draper who drilled what would be the game winning 3-pointer with about 6 seconds left in overtime. Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half OT(1) Total FIU 35 26 6 67 North Texas 29 32 8 69 Draper Playing a Larger Role Off
North Texas started off slow once again and finished strong with some solid defense and above average free throw shooting. To up the degree of difficulty, Roosevelt Smart didn't make a single field goal in the game due to foul trouble that started early in the first half of the game. Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total FAU 24 29 53 North Texas 26 33 59 Lawson Breaks Slump With 18 Points to Lead the Team A.J. Lawson has been struggling as of late, averaging just 7 points per game in conference play. Against FAU, we got to see some of the slashing to the basket we frequently saw him do as
North Texas picked up its first Conference USA win of the season with a dominating win against the Old Dominion Monarchs. North Texas showed why it has the leading Scoring Defense (50.7 PPG), Field Goal Percent Defense (36.1%), Turnover Margin (+7.53), Average Turnovers per Game (20.9/game), third in Steals (9.87/game), third in block shots (3.93/game), and fourth in scoring margin (+10.7 points). North Texas held Old Dominion under its season average of 54.4 PPG, only allowed 3 made 3-pointers (6.3/game), and forced the Monarchs to commit more turnovers than normal (15.7/game versus 23 vs NT). North Texas finished with a turnover
North Texas fell in another close game in the closing seconds as late costly turnovers stopped the comeback bid against the then leading Old Dominion Monarchs. Free throw shooting was also problematic where the Mean Green shot a sub-par 58.6%, which is below the season average of 65.7%. Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total Old Dominion 38 25 63 North Texas 30 30 60 Roosevelt Smart again lead North Texas with 14 points where he was three of 12 (25%) from the floor where all three of his made shots were 3-pointers where he was three of 10 (30%). He was also five of six (83.3%) from the free throw line.
In a series that has seen more than its fair share of closely contested games, this Friday night affair proved to be no exception. North Texas got off to a slow start, tied up the game by the end of the second quarter, got a few steps behind the Owls in the third and trailed by as much as 12 in the fourth quarter. North Texas battled back and took the lead late into the fourth quarter on some key defensive plays that lead to some big points. Poorly timed fouls late into the fourth quarter are what ultimately did
In the post-game interview, Coach McCasland said that the more aggressive team (Charlotte) won and I would agree with him. North Texas looked sloppy throughout much of the game and committed some silly turnovers that resulted in lost scoring opportunities. North Texas must clean up these errors if it wants to better compete in Conference USA now that we've entered into the second half of the season. McCasland has this team headed in the right direction but there are still some blemishes that need to be worked on. This game was a bit of a disappointment in that the game appeared
Current Quality Control Coordinator and former NFL Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice has been the Running Backs Coach for the North Texas Football program. The NCAA passed a rule change allowing a 10th position coach to be added for the coaching roster of all NCAA FBS programs. Choice was a member of the football staff for the 2017 season where the offense set numerous offensive records. MeanGreenSports Release Denton Record Chronicle Article