Finally Healthy, Hoops Team Opening C-USA Play Thursday
Southern Miss Comes Into Thursday's C-USA Opener Hot
North Texas (9-5) vs. Southern Miss (13-2)
DENTON, Texas - For the first time in the Tony Benford era the North Texas basketball team will take the court with all of its scholarship players active and healthy, and they will need every one of them when one of Conference USA's top squads comes to the Super Pit for the league opener on Thursday.
It only took one minute into the 2012-13 season opener for the injury bug to bite the Mean Green. Brandan Walton broke his foot and missed the remainder of the year on one of NT's first possessions. The injuries snowballed from there, and NT finished the season as the third most banged up team in the country with 82 games missed.
Colin Voss is leading the charge to get the Mean Green healthy this season. The junior tore 10 inches worth of muscle in his quadriceps in early Oct., and is just now getting back to full strength. His resurgence in the paint, along with the arrival of Kelvin Gaines, has NT churning on all cylinders and on a four game win streak.
Southern Miss, which advanced three rounds deep into last year's NIT, is looking to repeat its stellar 2012-13 season. Southern Miss went 27-10 last year, and took Memphis to double overtime in the C-USA title game in Tulsa, Okla.
The Golden Eagles are among the top defensive squads in the country. USM ranks 8th in the NCAA in total steals (139), and their 62.1 points allowed per game ranks 26th nationally.