North Texas and Rice played two epic overtime games last season that turned out to be heartbreakers for the Mean Green. The first went three overtimes, while the second lasted two extra sessions.
Terriell Bradley will never forget the day Jalie Mitchell delivered what seemed like an innocuous bit of coaching criticism. Bradley was an up-and-coming guard at Mansfield Timberview and was being recruited by some of the top programs in the country, including Texas. Mitchell was an assistant coach with the Longhorns and had invited Bradley to a camp for elite prospects.
The North Texas men’s basketball team’s bye in the Conference USA schedule appears to have arrived at the perfect time.
A 7-0 lead for TWU gave way to an overall sluggish offensive effort by the Pioneers in a 60-49 loss to Lone Star Conference co-leader Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After 10 lead changes, a late run by Middle Tennessee produced a 60-52 victory over North Texas at the Murphy Center on Saturday.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Schyler Jones of TWU opened the 2017 season by claiming the all-around title with a score of 38.650 at a three-way meet against Arizona and Utah State on Friday night at the McKale Memorial Center.
The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams will face an old rival today, when they will have an opportunity to snap a pair of losing streaks. The UNT men have fallen into a funk and lost their last four games heading into a 2 p.m. game against Middle Tennessee at the Super Pit.
North Texas has barely gotten started when it comes to Conference USA play, and already the Mean Green find themselves backed into a corner. Two losses on the road to start league play were tough. What transpired Thursday night in a 54-52 loss to UAB at the Super Pit was even worse.
Riding a four-game winning streak, but facing a layoff of 18 days without a game, the TWU Pioneers looked inward. With nine days of practice instead of their usual three days to focus on themselves instead of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference opponent, defense was the emphasis.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas defeated UAB 59-58 in overtime on Thursday for its second win in a row. The Mean Green (5-9, 2-1 Conference USA) led by 15 headed into the fourth quarter, but a 12-0 start to the period by the Blazers (7-6, 0-2) off four consecutive North Texas turnovers cut down on the lead. UAB tied the game in the final seconds. A would-be winning jump shot at the buzzer by North Texas’ Terriell Bradley rimmed in and out.
Jeremy Combs was expected to blossom as an offensive threat entering his junior season at North Texas. That next step in Combs’ development only made sense considering his talent and the trajectory of his career.
Jalie Mitchell saw flashes Sunday of what she’d hoped to see all along in her second season as North Texas’ women’s basketball coach. The Mean Green played tough defense late, hit key shots and pulled out a 65-55 win against Old Dominion at the Super Pit.
After going more than two weeks without a game, the TWU Pioneers have spent the past few days preparing for their return to action this week at home against Western New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico.
NORFOLK, VA — North Texas battled all night on defense but couldn’t hit enough shots in a 55-48 road loss against Old Dominion Monday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. UNT (6-8, 0-2 Conference USA) held ODU to 28.1 percent shooting from the field, is its lowest output since Nov. 26, 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Texas fell behind early and trailed by 22 points at halftime of a tough 101-76 loss at Charlotte on Saturday afternoon in the first Conference USA game of the season.
North Texas posted one of its best quarters of the season right off the bat Friday in its Conference USA opener against Charlotte. Terra Ellison knocked down one jumper after another while her teammates scored in transition.
Hardly a day goes by that North Texas guard Allante Holston doesn’t talk to Jon Davis. Holston struck up a friendship with him years ago, back when they were growing up playing high-level AAU basketball in Maryland.
North Texas coach Seth Littrell will receive a bonus of $35,000 for leading the Mean Green to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, according to the provisions of the contract he signed after taking over the program.
Grace Goodhart thought she had found a new home when she left Sunnyvale to begin her college basketball career at Loyola Chicago before the 2015-16 season. The following year turned into a tumultuous journey for the 5-9 sharpshooter that only now appears to be smoothing out at North Texas.
Alec Morris was in the closing moments of his time with the North Texas football program on Tuesday when he perfectly encapsulated what ought to be the feeling for Mean Green fans today. “It’s been a great experience,” Morris said. “The only thing I hate is having it end this way.”
Army coach Jeff Monken consulted with his coordinators and players before making a big decision Tuesday afternoon in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Alec Morris spent just a few months at North Texas, a time that didn’t end the way he’d hoped it would Tuesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Alabama transfer quarterback started for the Mean Green in place of injured starter Mason Fine and came up with one of the best performances of his career. He just couldn’t quite get UNT over the hump in a 38-31 overtime loss to Army.
When Army went for it and scored on fourth-and-3 in overtime to eventually win Tuesday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, it put the finishing touches on what everyone could see from the opening kickoff.
Jeffery Wilson saw his first significant action for North Texas in weeks on Tuesday, when the Mean Green took on Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. About the only way anyone could tell Wilson wasn’t quite 100 percent was that he kept vomiting during the game.
North Texas wasn’t the only team in Tuesday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl looking to put a bow on a resurgent season following several years of disappointment. Similar to the Mean Green, who finished 1-11 last year and hadn’t made a bowl appearance since 2013, Army was coming off a two-win campaign and playing in its first bowl since 2010.
Alec Morris could sense the excitement surrounding North Texas growing in the days since the Mean Green accepted a bid to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Alec Morris will take time to look back someday on all the twists and turns in his college football journey that has played out in a way he never anticipated.
Memories of the last time North Texas played in bowl game came flooding back for Kenny Buyers the moment he found out the Mean Green are headed to the Heart of Dallas Bowl a few weeks ago. UNT will face Army on Tuesday at the Cotton Bowl, the site of one of the finest games of Buyers’ career.
North Texas is sticking with Alec Morris as its starting quarterback for its game against Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday. The senior started the Mean Green’s last two games of the regular season after starter Mason Fine went down with a shoulder injury in a loss to Western Kentucky on Nov. 12.
Wren Baker’s timing has been perfect so far in his short tenure as North Texas athletic director. The longtime college administrator officially took over the school’s athletic program Aug. 22. Only four months will have passed since his arrival by the time the Mean Green take on Army on Tuesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
J-Mychal Reese saw an opening and hit the gas as the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Super Pit in North Texas’ game against San Diego on Thursday. Reese hit what looked like it would be the game winner on a perfectly lofted floater in the lane, but he plowed into Cameron Neubauer in the process.
North Texas couldn’t have gotten off to a much worse start Thursday against Texas State in its final game before Conference USA play. UNT came back with one of its best halves of the season but couldn’t come up with the key shots it needed in the final seconds and fell 59-58 at the Super Pit.
North Texas running back Willy Ivery did not meet NCAA academic requirements to play against Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday. A UNT spokesman confirmed Thursday afternoon that Ivery is ineligible.
Former Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh on Wednesday accepted a job as the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He confirmed the move in a text message late Wednesday.
Ryan Woolridge knew he had made a mistake almost immediately after he signed with San Diego back in spring 2015.
North Texas coach Tony Benford maintained ever since Keith Frazier arrived in Denton, the former SMU standout would make a big difference for the Mean Green.
In its final two games before the NCAA’s mandatory holiday break, TWU knocked off Barry and Embry-Riddle at the Bahama House Classic in Florida to improve to 9-3 on the season.
Keith Frazier’s time at North Texas has finally arrived. The former Dallas Kimball standout who started his career at SMU before transferring to UNT is eligible and will play Tuesday when the Mean Green face Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-5 guard became eligible after sitting out the first semester at UNT.