North Texas kicked off its 2018-19 campaign with a coming out party for many of its new pieces that had to sit out last year for various reasons. Umoja Gibson and Jahmiah Simmons both got a start for the game while Mark Tikhonenko got some decent minutes late into the game. Gibson is going to provide another deep threat shooter for North Texas to go alongside with Roosevelt Smart and DJ Draper. Jahmiah Simmons should work well as another inside banger but has the ability to be good at driving to the rim from the perimeter. Roosevelt Smart sat out for the game due to a minor
Kick-off times along with television coverage has been set for almost all of Conference USA member school contests. North Texas will have all but one game "televised," the either through traditional television broadcasts or some sort of streaming service. North Texas will have games broadcast by CBS Sports Network, SEC Network Alternate, beIN Sports, ESPN+, ESPN3 and Stadium. Three games, including the season finale against division rival UTSA in San Antonio, TX, will be streamed through the new ESPN+ service. A common complaint among North Texas fans is a "scheduling conflict" between the Red River Rivalry that is played early October down at the
Hot Shooting in the first half produced an eye popping 57 points which propelled the Mean Green into the College Basketball Invitational Tournament Finals against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Wednesday evening. North Texas shot an amazing 70% at 21 of 30 from the floor and 71.4% at 10 of 14 from the behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total Jacksonville State 29 39 68 North Texas 57 33 90 In this game, it felt like the Mean Green could do no wrong against the Gamecocks as North Texas shot from just about anywhere they wanted from the field and have their shots fall through
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.