Mabodu familiar with IU star

Tosin Mabodu has a pretty good idea of just how big a challenge North Texas will face today when the Mean Green take on Indiana. The Hoosiers play halfway across the country, close to where Mabodu and Tyra Buss used to face off periodically.

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UNT earns return trip to Heart of Dallas Bowl, will play Army for second time this season

North Texas is headed back to the site of one of the more memorable moments in program history.

Men’s basketball: UTA rips UNT despite Combs’ return

Jeremy Combs provided exactly what North Texas hoped for in his return to the lineup Saturday, when the Mean Green took on rival Texas-Arlington. The stark reality for UNT was it just didn’t matter.

Women’s basketball roundup: UNT rally falls short at Tulsa

SAN ANGELO — TWU opened the contest against sixth-ranked Angelo State on a 9-0 run, but ASU controlled the boards in a 74-53 win at Stephens Arena to give the Pioneers an 0-2 start in Lone Star Conference play.

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UTA brings buzz to Super Pit

North Texas did exactly what it needed to over the last few days, when its schedule offered an opportunity to stack together some much-needed wins. The Mean Green beat Niagara and Hartford before knocking off Texas College, an NAIA gimme, in UNT’s annual Denton ISD game.

Men’s basketball: Area youngsters see Mean Green crush Texas College

North Texas isn’t that far off from where it had hoped to be following the first month of the season. The Mean Green capitalized on winnable games and survived a few tough road trips without suffering any overly demoralizing losses.

Women’s basketball: Mays, Mustangs master Mitchell’s Mean Green

DALLAS — Jalie Mitchell picked up a big win early in her career as a head coach a year ago when North Texas knocked off longtime rival SMU. One of her old friends returned the favor Wednesday when the Mustangs beat the Mean Green 65-51 in the latest game in the series at Moody Coliseum.

UNT notebook: Mitchell to battle former colleague today

Jalie Mitchell and Travis Mays spent three years together helping build a program at Texas. Tonight, they will face off for the first time as head coaches when North Texas takes on SMU in Dallas.

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Destination unknown

North Texas is playing the waiting game this week, when it is expected to reach one of Seth Littrell’s biggest goals heading into his first season with the Mean Green.

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Brett Vito: Despite the dud against UTEP, UNT’s season has been a success

One has to give Seth Littrell and North Texas credit. They sure did make the regular season awfully interesting the last few months.

Green’s key 3 helps UNT hold off Hartford in Scarlet Knight Showcase

Filling the void in North Texas’ starting lineup following the departure of Jeremy Combs isn’t going to be easy for the Mean Green.

Football: UNT has no answer for UTEP’s Jones in 52-24 loss

EL PASO — North Texas opened the Seth Littrell era with lofty goals for a team that won just one game a year ago, including playing in a bowl game for just the second time in the last dozen years. UTEP running back Aaron Jones made sure the Mean Green will have a long, bitter wait to see if they get there this season.

Men’s basketball: Hartford visits UNT today

The Scarlet Knight Showcase didn’t start the way North Texas had hoped. The finish could be an entirely different story, if the Mean Green can come through with a win today.

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UNT notebook: Wilson’s return not enough

EL PASO — North Texas brought Jeffery Wilson back for its game against UTEP on Saturday at the Sun Bowl.UNT coach Seth Littrell felt like he didn’t have a lot of options other than giving his star running back at least a few reps after he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Inconsistency burns UNT offense

EL PASO — North Texas would have needed a whole lot from its offense to keep pace with UTEP on Saturday at the Sun Bowl with the way the Miners and Aaron Jones were running up and down the field. UNT didn’t come anywhere close in a 52-24 loss.

Roundup: UNT women take home opener

Kara Mitchell hit a game-winning bucket in the paint with six seconds remaining to give TWU a win over Oklahoma Christian in which the Pioneers erased a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Eagles 31-16 in the final 11 minutes at the Eagles’ Nest.

Football: UTEP’s Jones could wrinkle UNT plans

North Texas is right where it hoped it would be at the beginning of Seth Littrell’s first season as coach heading into its regular-season finale today at UTEP. UNT needs one more win to become bowl-eligible for just the second time in the last dozen years. All that stands in the Mean Green’s way is UTEP and star running back Aaron Jones.

Men’s basketball: Big half lifts UNT past Niagara

The North Texas men’s basketball team entered Friday averaging just 60 points per game but used a big second half to finally show an ability to score consistently. After scoring just 27 first-half points, North Texas had 53 in the second to spark an 80-71 victory over Niagara at the Super Pit.

Women’s basketball: UNT returns home fresh off big win

The North Texas women’s basketball team finally is coming home, and it is bringing a key win with it. UNT played its first four games on the road and wrapped up that stretch with a win against Arizona for its first victory Tuesday.

Football: UNT didn’t hesitate to throw freshman his first passes

North Texas quarterback Alec Morris didn’t give it a second thought when he fired a pass or two Elijah McIntyre’s way last week during a win against Southern Mississippi. McIntyre had snared passes all season. The freshman just hadn’t caught any in an actual game, or even played in one.

Football: UNT controls own bowl destiny entering UTEP game

North Texas coach Seth Littrell set the tone for a breakthrough season a few months ago in the Mean Green’s first meeting before fall practice. The projector in the team meeting room at the Mean Green Athletic Center flipped on and cast the key question of how UNT’s 2016 team will be remembered onto the screen in the front of the room.

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UNT rules out receivers

North Texas will be without two of its key wide receivers for the rest of the season. Terian Goree and Willie Robinson were suspended for the Mean Green’s win over Southern Mississippi last week.

UNT takes win quest to Rutgers

A challenging early slate of games is about to get a lot tougher for the North Texas men’s basketball team. The Mean Green already have ventured out on the road for a game at Texas Tech and faced Drexel at home.

Mean Green beat Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Redshirt sophomore Terriell Bradley scored 17 points off the bench to lead North Texas to a 62-58 win over Arizona on Tuesday afternoon.

Mean Green’s next obstacle is Arizona

The North Texas women’s basketball team has endured a tough start in Jalie Mitchell’s second season as head coach. UNT lost to old Sun Belt Conference rival Arkansas-Little Rock in its opener, then dropped back-to-back games in Abilene to Texas Rio Grande Valley and Omaha in the consolation round of the preseason WNIT.

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Brett Vito: UNT’s Morris gets storybook ending in last home game

The last time we checked in with Alec Morris, it looked like the North Texas quarterback’s journey had essentially come to an end — at least when it came to making an impact on the field.

UNT’s early season struggles continue in loss to Drexel

Tony Benford wanted to challenge his team early in his fifth season at North Texas and set out a path that includes a series of tough games to open the year.

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North Texas upsets Southern Miss for fifth win

North Texas didn’t have its usual starting quarterback or its star running back for a vital late-season game against Southern Miss on Saturday.

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UNT notebook: Ivery fills running back void in big way

North Texas coach Seth Littrell talked about using a committee approach when it came to replacing Jeffery Wilson on Saturday, when the Mean Green took on Southern Miss at Apogee Stadium.

Brooks leads UNT’s strong defensive effort

Nate Brooks endured a tough couple of nights not too long ago when North Texas took on two of the top offenses in Conference USA. The sophomore bounced back in a big way on Saturday in the Mean Green’s 29-23 win against Southern Miss at Apogee Stadium.

Path to bowl open as UNT hosts USM

The last three weeks have been awfully tough on North Texas. The Mean Green lost to key in-state rival Texas-San Antonio, fell to Louisiana Tech and were blown out a week ago by Western Kentucky. UNT coach Seth Littrell has told his players to leave all that misery in the past and focus on the opportunity in front of them, beginning today when the Mean Green host Southern Mississippi at Apogee Stadium.

UNT still confident in quest for bowl

A bowl berth that once looked as if it might be a sure bet has become anything but for North Texas. The Mean Green have lost three straight games and will need to make a late push to qualify for the postseason, beginning Saturday with a home game against Southern Mississippi.

UNT resumes WNIT play today

North Texas will continue its run in the preseason WNIT today when the Mean Green take on Texas Rio Grande Valley in the consolation round. The Mean Green are one of four teams that will play at Abilene Christian’s Moody Coliseum. UNT will take on Rio Grande Valley at 8 p.m. after ACU faces Omaha.

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Football: UNT’s Dilonga wrapping career with parents along for ride at every turn

Rewarding journeyJacques Dilonga didn’t know the first thing about football when he arrived in the United States more than 20 years ago after growing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Dilonga...

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UNT notebook: Do-or-die stretch lies ahead for UNT

North Texas appears as if it will be right back where it started the season when it begins a do-or-die closing stretch of two games on Saturday at home against Southern Mississippi.

UNT notebook: Combs, Benford ties to Tech run deep

Jeremy Combs thought long and hard about playing for Texas Tech before he developed into a standout for North Texas. The former Dallas Carter forward was recruited by the Red Raiders and even visited the school with Keenan Evans, a guard who is now just as important to Texas Tech’s prospects this season as Combs is to UNT’s hopes to turn the program around.

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Brett Vito: UNT’s bowl path now a minefield after WKU loss

What started out looking like it might be a clear path to an unlikely bowl berth has suddenly turned into a minefield for North Texas.

UNT women to face Rio Grande Valley

North Texas will play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the first round of the Preseason WNIT consolation bracket at 8 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum.

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UNT skid hits three games

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Seth Littrell’s first season as North Texas coach seemed to be headed for a finish that few anticipated not long ago, when a bowl appearance appeared to be within reach.

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Morris steps in when Fine goes down

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Alec Morris has become something of an afterthought since dropping out of North Texas’ starting lineup following a season-opening loss to SMU.

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UNT notebook: UNT burned by second straight elite offense

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — One of the bright spots for North Texas throughout the first season of Seth Littrell’s tenure has been the play of its defense.

Task remains tough for UNT as they face Western Kentucky

There is something awfully familiar about the challenge North Texas will face today at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers feature one of Conference USA’s top quarterbacks in Mike White, not to mention a pair of elite skill-position players in wide receiver Taywan Taylor and running back Anthony Wales.

Johnson, Mean Green knock off Sul Ross

North Texas opened the season with a 85-77 victory against Sul Ross State on Friday night at the Super Pit.

UNT women fall to Arkansas-Little Rock in WNIT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — North Texas received strong contributions from a variety of players in its season opener Friday, but a late lull hindered the Mean Green as they fell 55-44 at Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the WNIT.

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UNT set to begin critical year for Benford

Tony Benford was in the early stages of his tenure at North Texas when he pulled off what still ranks as one of the biggest coups of his time with the Mean Green.

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Transfers ready to go for Mean Green

Watching during the low points of what was a successful season overall for North Texas was the hardest part of Tyara Warren’s first year with the Mean Green. In that regard, she wasn’t alone.

Benford announces addition of pair

The North Texas men’s basketball team officially announced the addition of Zach Simmons and Amaad Wainwright, a pair of players who signed during the early period, on Thursday.

No. 20 WKU sweeps Mean Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — North Texas dropped Thursday’s Conference USA road contest 29-27, 25-18, 25-22 to No. 20 Western Kentucky at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Defenders commit to UNT football team

Kody Fulp thought his family would have quite a trip to make to see him play at Louisiana-Monroe after committing to the Warhawks over the summer. That drive will now be a whole lot shorter after the China Spring linebacker backed out of that commitment and elected to play for North Texas. Fulp committed to the Mean Green late Wednesday.

Bowl hopes up in air as season dwindles

Jeffery Wilson learned quickly when he arrived at North Texas about how highly the school’s athletic department, and particularly its football program, values academics.