VIDEO: Aggressive Style Has Mean Green Flying High

Jan. 14, 2016

North Texas men's basketball vs. Marshall
Date | Time  Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
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Game Notes   North Texas | Marshall

DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team rides a four-game home winning streak entering a critical conference matchup against Marshall Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit.

The Mean Green have won five of their last seven games, improving to 7-9 overall with a 2-1 record in three Conference USA games.

North Texas has been playing with a fierce aggressive style of play that has seen more highlight dunks, fast-breaks and all-around exciting action. Comparing the play from last season the numbers show this team wants to play fast.

In 2014-15, North Texas had 33 dunks in 16 games and then-freshman Jeremy Combs had just three dunks total. Last year’s team had 48 (3.0 per game) fast-break points and averaged just 17.6 points in the paint through the first 16 games.

Fast forward to the 2015-16 season, and the Mean Green have scored 154 fast-break points (9.6 per game) and have thrown down 43 dunks through 16 games. North Texas has also nearly doubled its production in points in the paint, to 31.6 points per game.

Sophomore Jeremy Combs has been a large part of the exciting play with 25 dunks, and he ranks third in scoring at 13.8 points per game. Newcomers Deckie Johnson (14.4 points per game) and J-Mychal Reese (14.1 points per game, 4.1 assists) have also contributed to the high-flying action. The big three has started all 16 games this season and have provided a lot of entertainment for fans at the Super Pit.

With all the attention placed on getting to the rim, it has also led to increased attempts at the free-throw line. The Mean Green enter Thursday’s game against Marshall ranked 10th in the nation in attempts (450) and 68th in free throws made (272).

In what should be an exciting game in the battle of green vs. green, North Texas is hoping to sustain and build on that momentum with their high-flying play at the rim.

About the Opponent: Marshall
•This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the first ever meeting coming in 1990. North Texas lost on the road at Marshall, 80-73, last season in their only meeting. This will be the first ever meeting at the Super Pit.

• In the last meeting, the Thundering Herd outscored North Texas 45-to-35 in the second half to overcome a three point halftime lead for the Mean Green. Former North Texas players, Colin Voss (17 pts., 8 rebs.) and Jordan Williams (23 pts.) both had big games. Marshall finished with six players in double figures and hit nine three pointers.

• Marshall enters with a 7-9 overall record and is 3-0 in the C-USA winning all three at home against WKU (W, 94-76), Florida Atlantic (W, 90-67) and FIU (W, 99-81).

• The Thundering Herd has scored 90 plus points in three straight games and is led by James Kelly who is averaging 18.9 points per game. Kelly is second in the C-USA in scoring and first in conference games only (26.0). Kelly leads the league in rebounding at 10.0 per game and has grabbed two more rebounds than Combs.

The Last Meeting
North Texas73
February 7, 2015
Huntington, WV
Marshall Makes Plays In Closing Minutes To Down NT Hoops
North Texas found itself needing a defensive stand and an answer with the clock winding down at Marshall, but the Herd found a way to make the plays and hold on to an 80-73 win over the Mean Green.



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