North Texas Welcomes Charlotte To Begin New Year
Mean Green Riding Two-Game Winning Streak
|North Texas men's basketball vs. Charlotte|
|Date | Time||Thursday, Jan. 4 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | Charlotte|
DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball have traveled all across the country and played in three different time zones in the last three weeks before finally returning home on Thursday, Jan. 4, to host Charlotte in its Conference USA home opener at 7 p.m. at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (9-6, 2-0 C-USA) started league play with two statement one-point road wins at UTEP and at UT San Antonio. North Texas defeated UTEP 63-62 for the first-time ever in the Don Haskins Center and it was the first win against the Miners since 1951. The Mean Green followed up that performance with another one-point win at UTSA 72-71 to open 2-0 for the first-time ever in C-USA and secured back-to-back road wins to open league play for the first time since 1991.
Sophomore Roosevelt Smart averaged 25.5 points per game and was named C-USA player of the week for his efforts. Smart becomes the first North Texas player to be selected as player of the week in the C-USA. Smart leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game and is ranked 50th or better in four nationally ranked statistics. He is 50th in total points, 30th in 3-point field goals per game, 15th in 3 point field goals made and 26th in free throw percentage.
Sophomore Ryan Woolridge continues to orchestrate the Mean Green offense leading the team with 70 assists, more than all of last season, just 15 games into the season. Woolridge had 18 points in the win at UTSA and is second on the team with 13.4 points per game. He is third on the team in field goal percentage at 50.7 percent.
Senior Shane Temara is third on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 boards per game. Temara has hit 22 three-pointers and is second on the team in field goal percentage at 53.6 percent. Temara came up with a game-saving block in the closing seconds against the Roadrunners.
North Texas is 6-1 at home this season, including four-straight wins since Nov. 22. Mean Green fans start 2018 off with half-priced tickets for all home games this week: Jan. 4 vs. Charlotte, Jan. 5 women's basketball vs. Rice, Jan. 6 vs. Old Dominion. Promo code: HappyNewYear
About the Opponent: Charlotte
• This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams. Charlotte leads the all-time series with a 6-3 record and is 2-1 in games played at the Super Pit.
• In the previous meeting, Charlotte overcame a 14-point halftime deficit after scoring 53 second half points to defeat North Texas 82-81 on Jan. 26, 2017. A.J. Lawson had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Charlotte’s Jon Davis scored 19 points and Austin Ajukwa had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
• Charlotte is 4-8 on the season and is 0-1 in Conference USA play after falling at Old Dominion, 89-58, on Dec. 30. The 49ers are 1-6 in its last seven games and are being coached by Interim head coach Houston Fancher after Mark Price was dismissed.
• The 49ers are 1-5 on the road this season with its only win away from home coming at East Carolina, 69-50, on Dec. 18. Charlotte plays four of its next six conference games on the road.
• Junior Andrien White leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game and led the team with 23 points at Old Dominion. Junior Jon Davis is second on the team at 12.8 points per game.
• Charlotte is fourth in the C-USA in three-point field goal defense holding teams to just 33.5 percent from downtown.