Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Face UAB On ESPN3

Jan. 4, 2017

North Texas men's basketball vs. UAB
Date | Time  Thursday, Jan. 5 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Live Stats   MeanGreenstats.com
Stream  ESPN 3  - Hank Dickenson (PxP)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP) 
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | UAB

DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball team returns home to host UAB on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit broadcasted on ESPN3.

The Mean Green are 6-8, 0-2 in Conference USA play after dropping two C-USA road games last week. North Texas had a strong defensive game against Old Dominion but just couldn’t get enough shots to fall in a 55-48 loss. Senior guard J-Mychal Reese finished with 12 points, four assists and zero turnovers. Graduate student Derail Green added 12 points off the bench after going 4-for-7 from the three-point line.

Junior Jeremy Combs continues to lead the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game and in rebounding at 6.8 per game. Combs has played in 10 of 14 games and had 11 rebounds at ODU on Jan. 2. Freshman guard A.J. Lawson is third on the team in scoring at 9.5 points per game and classmate Ryan Woolridge is fourth in scoring at 9.4 points per game in five games played. Reese leads the team in assists at 3.7 per game (49 total).

North Texas has been playing 10 or 11 players during the last five games. In the last game against ODU, 12 players saw action and seven players contributed a basket. The deep bench allowed the Mean Green to outscore ODU’s bench 23-15 on Jan. 2.

The Mean Green are 6-3 at the Super Pit this season and have earned 11 home wins in each of the last two seasons (11-7 in 2015-16, 11-6 in 2014-15).

About the Opponent: UAB
• This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams. The all-time series is tied at 2-2 and North Texas is a perfect 2-0 in games played at the Super Pit.

• In the last meeting, UAB defeated North Texas 78-57 on Jan. 23, 2016 at Bartow Arena. The Mean Green had a 35-33 halftime lead before the Blazers scored 45 second half points. Jeremy Combs finished with a double-double scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

• In the previous meeting in Denton, North Texas came away with a 67-64 victory on Feb. 12, 2015 thanks to three players in double-figures. Former standout Colin Voss had 14 points, Jordan Williams scored 14 points and Armani Flannigan added 10 points off the bench.

• UAB is 7-7 on the season and 0-1 in league play after a 60-49 loss at Middle Tennessee. The Blazers are 1-3 on the road this season with their only win coming at Stephen F. Austin (84-73) on Dec. 7.

• Forward Chris Cokley leads the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game and is second in rebounding at 5.4 per game. Guard Dirk Williams is second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and leads the team with 26 three-pointers.

• The Blazers are second in the C-USA in blocks at 5.5 per game. Forward William Lee has 40 blocks in 14 games.

The Last Meeting
North Texas57
UAB78
January 23, 2016
Birmingham, AL
North Texas Battles But Drops Road Game At UAB
The North Texas men’s basketball team held a two-point halftime lead but UAB scored 45 second half points to secure the nation’s second longest winning streak at 14 games in a 78-57 win Saturday night at Bartow Arena.


 

 

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