North Texas entered its fifth season under Dan McCarney a couple of months ago hoping to show that it was on the way back up. Only a year had passed since one of the greatest seasons in UNT history — a 9-4 campaign capped by a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Mean Green fell back to 4-8 a year ago, but an influx of junior college players and a renewed sense of urgency had UNT believing 2015 could be its bounce-back season.
What started out as a tough run through its home tournament this week, got worse – a whole lot worse – for North Texas on Wednesday night. The Mean Green lost their third straight in the Mean Green Challenge, a tournament UNT set up largely to help facilitate a good start to the season. Troy hammered UNT 86-74 in the Mean Green’s final game of the event, and that might not have been the worst part of what transpired for UNT.