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Watched by greatness

Tony Benford made sure his players took advantage of every opportunity they had to spend time with one of the greatest teams in the history of North Texas athletics heading into the weekend.

UNT wins fifth straight, earns tourney spot

SAN ANTONIO — North Texas won its fifth straight game and clinched a spot in the C-USA tournament with a 58-55 win in overtime Saturday at Texas-San Antonio.

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UNT to honor 2007 team today

Calvin Watson was fine-tuning the shooting stroke that made him one of the greatest players in North Texas history back in 2007 when Johnny Jones walked up to him just hours before the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game.

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Miners strike OT gold

North Texas’ margin of error has dwindled pretty close to zero in the closing weeks of the season. If the Mean Green want to avoid being one of only two teams in Conference USA to miss the league tournament, they need to start winning games in a hurry. That’s what made a 77-71 overtime loss to UTEP on Thursday at the Super Pit so tough for the Mean Green.

UNT women win fourth straight

EL PASO — North Texas kept its hot streak going Thursday night, as the Mean Green beat UTEP 76-69 at the Don Haskins Center.

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Mitchell, Goodwin set for reunion when UNT women face UTSA

Jalie Mitchell couldn’t help but think about what might have been this week as North Texas prepared for a reunion of sorts.

UNT notebook: UNT women on a roll as season winds down

The North Texas women’s basketball team appears to have picked the perfect time to get on a roll late in Jalie Mitchell’s second season as the Mean Green’s coach. UNT also appears to have found the perfect lineup.

Mean Green split games on last day of invitational

The North Texas softball team picked up its first win of 2017, a 6-0 victory over UMass Lowell in Game 1 on Sunday, but fell to Arkansas 7-0 in Game 2, finishing 1-3 on the weekend.

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UNT charged up

With the North Texas women’s basketball team stuck in an offensive funk early in the first quarter, Candice Adams made a play that she has so many times this season to swing momentum.

Mean Green lose to lowly Panthers

MIAMI — Costly turnovers and missed free throws proved to be too much as North Texas lost 90-71 at Florida International on Saturday night.

Mean Green back in action after snapping losing streaks

The North Texas men’s basketball team finds itself in an unfamiliar position heading into a game today at Florida International. The Mean Green won their last game, and it wasn’t just any game. It was...

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Finding their groove

Timing can be everything when it comes to conference play in college basketball. Teams can get on a roll and completely change the course of their season if everything comes together at the perfect juncture.

Sources: Ekeler, LeBlanc out at UNT

Seth Littrell appears to have captured the attention of the college football community by leading North Texas to a breakout season that culminated in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in his first season as Mean Green coach.

Mean Green motivated after sting of missing tourney

Harley Perella hasn’t forgotten the way the her freshman season with the North Texas softball program ended. Neither have the rest of her teammates heading into the opening weekend of the 2017 campaign.

FIU men tied with UNT

MIAMI (AP) — Marcus Evans had four 3-pointers, 27 points, six rebounds and four assists, Egor Koulechov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and Rice beat Florida International 89-78 on Thursday.

UNT finally wins in C-USA

BOCA RATON, Fla. — J-Mychal Reese scored 14 second-half points to help North Texas snap an 11-game losing streak with a 70-64 victory at Florida Atlantic on Thursday.

Women’s basketball: UNT’s Criner playing second season with stress fracture in leg

The pain in Kelsey Criner’s shin is constant these days. The North Texas point guard goes to bed with a nagging pain in her left leg and wakes up to the same throbbing. The issue only gets worse every day when she zips up and down the court at the Super Pit in practice and in games.

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UNT notebook: UNT hopes rally at Rice leads to more wins

Terra Ellison figured North Texas was about at the breaking point in its game at Rice on Saturday. The Mean Green were down 17 points late in the third quarter and about to see their chances of making the Conference USA women’s basketball tournament take a hit.

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UNT up against wall as Owls extend losing skid to 11 games

North Texas’ margin of error has dwindled to about zero in Tony Benford’s fifth season. UNT wasn’t expected to be one of the top teams in Conference USA even with its top players, including Jeremy Combs and Keith Frazier.

Florida hires UNT assistant Davis

Brad Davis helped usher North Texas through the transition from a run-first system to a spread attack as the Mean Green’s run game coordinator and offenisve line coach last season. The job Davis did in head coach Seth Littrell’s debut campaign helped him land a job at Florida, where he will serve as the Gators’ offensive line coach.

UNT women rally to topple Rice in OT

HOUSTON — North Texas trailed Rice by 17 points with 2:53 left in the third quarter. A charge drawn by Candice Adams — her 20th of the season — didn’t seem like much at the time but sparked something great for her Mean Green.

UNT teams scrambling to make tourney

There is a little more than a month remaining before the beginnning of the Conference USA basketball tournaments. The question now for the North Texas men and women is whether they can avoid sitting at home when the event gets underway in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Football: With full prep time, Littrell addresses UNT needs

Seth Littrell had a lot of additional time when he and his staff set out to sign the second recruiting class of his tenure as North Texas head coach. Littrell used that time to put together a class of...

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Receivers, backs look to fill UNT voids

The list of key offensive players who played their final game at North Texas in 2016 is a long one. Thaddeous Thompson led the Mean Green in receptions and receiving yards as a senior. Terian Goree left the program, while Kenny Buyers graduated, leaving the Mean Green without three of their top four wide receivers. Running back Willy Ivery left after finishing second among UNT players in rushing yards.

UNT notebook: Frazier finished for UNT on court

Keith Frazier will not play again for North Texas due to knee problems that have hampered him throughout the season. Frazier transferred to UNT from SMU for his senior campaign. He did not become eligible until the Christmas break and played in just four games.

Intriguing signing day arrives for UNT

Tre’Von Bradley spoke of the comfort level he found at North Texas after committing to play for the Mean Green in December. Since then, the Cleburn wide receiver’s recruiting process has become a whole lot more complicated and interesting. The same could be said of UNT’s recruiting efforts heading into national signing day today.

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Solution in works

North Texas appeared Saturday to find a way to fill the glaring hole in its lineup now that Jeremy Combs is out for the remainder of the season.

Mean Green contain star Simms but lose

NORFOLK, Va. — The North Texas women’s basketball team held Jennie Simms, the nation’s No. 2 scorer, to a season-low three field goals but lost 62-47 at Old Dominion on Saturday.

UNT slates home-and-home with Tech

Wren Baker vowed to find a way to upgrade North Texas’ football schedule shortly after taking over as athletic director in the fall. Baker came through on that promise Friday when UNT announced it has added a home-and-home series with Texas Tech.

UNT cagers take on Monarchs today

Tony Benford vowed Thursday night that the North Texas men’s basketball team would continue to fight to the finish in his fifth season with the Mean Green.

Missed opportunity

The circumstances seemed perfect for North Texas to finally break through for its first Conference USA win Thursday. The Mean Green built a 14-point lead early in the second half of their game against Charlotte, a team that was forced to play without two starters who were suspended.

Army, Iowa highlight UNT football slate

North Texas will face six teams coming off bowl appearances next fall in its second season under coach Seth Littrell, including one that is becoming awfully familiar for the Mean Green.

Charlotte tops UNT women

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Texas was held to two points in the final four minutes as they lost 66-49 at Charlotte on Thursday night.

Basketball: Green seeks turnaround with UNT season derailed

Derail Green reached the pinnacle of the college basketball world seemingly the moment he stepped on campus at Wichita State. Green redshirted his first season with the Shockers in 2012-13, when they came out of nowhere to reach the Final Four.

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UNT’s Combs done for year

North Texas will be without Jeremy Combs for the remainder of the season, a crushing blow for a program that has struggled in Tony Benford’s fifth year as coach.

UNT notebook: Arlington lineman switches to UNT

The more Brian Parish thought about his future, the more intriguing the opportunity to continue his football career at North Texas became.

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Techsters top UNT in thriller

North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell had her first chance to coach against a pair of old friends Saturday when Louisiana Tech visited the Super Pit. If the first meeting is any indication, the series between UNT and Louisiana Tech during the tenure of Brooke and Scott Stoehr could be a thriller for years to come.

Tech dominates in second half as Mean Green woes continue

RUSTON, La. — North Texas gave up 48 second-half points and fell 81-57 at Louisiana Tech on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center. The Mean Green (6-13, 0-7 Conference USA) have lost eight straight games and are 0-8 on the road.

UNT’s Martin wins triple jump at KSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. — North Texas continued to start the indoor track and field season strong at Kansas State’s DeLoss Dodds Invitational on Saturday.

Mitchell, UNT to square off with familiar faces today

There will be a lot of familiar faces at the Super Pit for North Texas women’s basketball coach Jalie Mitchell today when the Mean Green take on Louisiana Tech.

UNT explodes for 75 in victory over USM

North Texas saw a golden opportunity to pick up a Conference USA win slip away Saturday on its home court. The Mean Green received a second chance Thursday. This time, they capitalized.

Mean Green men drop road game by 10 points

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas battled back in the second half but fell 75-65 on the road at Southern Mississippi on Thursday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

Basketball: UNT making mark with Mitchell defense

Jalie Mitchell figured out pretty quickly during the early stages of her high school career at Duncanville that defense would be her first priority. That arrangement was part of the deal while playing alongside Tamika Catchings, who went on to become one of the greatest players in the history of women’s basketball.

UNT notebook: UNT announces three midterm football signees

North Texas officially announced the addition three midterm signees on Tuesday. Texarkana Texas High quarterback Cade Pearson, Trinity Valley College wide receiver Jalen Guyton and College of the Siskiyous offensive lineman Jevin Pahinui all have officially joined the Mean Green.

Rice again nips UNT in thriller

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.

Second-half run by Rice dooms UNT

HOUSTON — North Texas held a seven-point lead, but a 23-3 Rice run in the second half proved costly in a 101-79 loss to the Owls on Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse.

UNT out to end run of OT losses to Rice

Tosin Mabodu hasn’t forgotten two particularly demoralizing losses the North Texas women’s basketball team suffered last season. UNT fell to Rice twice in games that combined for five overtime periods.

UNT hires special teams chief from Irish

Notre Dame special teams analyst Marty Biagi will join the North Texas staff as its new special teams coordinator, a source close to the situation confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday morning.

Women’s basketball: Seed planted by Mitchell years ago leads to Bradley becoming a leader at UNT

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.

UNT notebook: C-USA bye could help UNT with ending skid

The North Texas men’s basketball team’s bye in the Conference USA schedule appears to have arrived at the perfect time.