North Texas Looks To Bounce Back Against WKU Saturday

Jan. 15, 2016


Sophomore Jeremy Combs set a new career-high with 28 points and 18 rebounds against Marshall (photo by Rick Yeatts).

North Texas men's basketball vs. WKU
Date | Time  Saturday, Jan. 16 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Stream MeanGreen All-Access ($)
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Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color) 
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Game Notes   North Texas 

FREE Youth Uniform Night at Mean Green Basketball – Jan. 16th
North Texas Basketball and Head Coach Tony Benford will host Youth Uniform at Mean Green Basketball on Saturday, Jan. 16th vs. Western Kentucky at 7pm. All Youth Basketball participants in their jerseys will receive complimentary admission. Additional tickets for family members and companions start at $8. Redeem your free youth uniform ticket for admission at any gate of the Super Pit. Additional Youth Uniform events will be conducted at all Saturday events throughout the remainder of the home season.

Parents can check out the sports zone with happy hour drink specials prior to tipoff. The Mean Green Family Fun Pack is also available for $35, when pre-ordered and $40 at the door, the family fun pack includes four tickets, plus food and drinks for four. Group ticket options start at $6 for a minimum of 10 people and we also have birthday party packages. Please contact the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at 940-565-2527 for details.

DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team is hoping to bounce back when they host Western Kentucky Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit.

The Mean Green enter with a 7-10 overall record and are 2-2 in their first four Conference USA games. North Texas lost to Co-leader Marshall Thursday night, 97-78, allowing the Thundering Herd to score 61 first half points and 10 made three pointers. NT did outscore Marshall 45-to-36 in the second half but it wasn’t enough.

Sophomore Jeremy Combs continued his torrid pace earning his third-straight double-double with a new career high 28 points and 18 rebounds. Combs leads the C-USA in rebounding at 10.4 boards a game and is ranked 17th in the nation in that category. In his first four conference games, Combs is averaging 20.5 points per game and 14.3 rebounds per contest. He now has six double-doubles on the season and leads the team with 249 total points scored.

Junior J-Mychal Reese added 14 points against Marshall and is third on the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Reese leads the team with 67 assists and is 60-for-81 from the free throw line. Classmate Deckie Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game and has hit 36 made three pointers. Freshman Ja’Michael Brown scored 14 points in his seventh start against Marshall. Brown has scored in double figures in back-to-back games after knocking down four triples versus the Thundering Herd.

As a team, North Texas is 45th in the nation in field goal percentage (47.3), ninth in free throw attempts (477) and 54th in free throws made (286).

The Mean Green will embark on a road trip starting at Middle Tennessee next week on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

About the Opponent: WKU
• This will be the 22nd meeting between the two teams with the first ever meeting coming in 2001. WKU has won the last four meetings, including last season’s 65-59 win in Bowling Green.

• In the last meeting, WKU built a nine-point halftime lead and held on for a 65-59 victory at home. North Texas came up just short with Jeremy Combs finishing with nine points and 13 rebounds. Former Mean Green players, Jordan Williams (13 pts.) and Armani Flannigan (14 pts.) scored in double figures.

• WKU enters with a 9-8 overall record and is 1-3 in the C-USA after dropping a 83-73 game on the road to Rice on Thursday. The Hilltoppers only C-USA win came in overtime at home against FAU, 86-82.

• The Hilltoppers are led by sophomore forward Justin Johnson who is averaging 17.0 points per game and 8.2 rebounds. Senior

The Last Meeting
North Texas59
Western Kentucky65
February 5, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
NT Hoops Answers WKU Run, But Can't Hold Off Toppers Late
Massive performances from Armani Flannigan and Jeremy Combs helped North Texas erase a 17-point Hilltopper lead, but the Mean Green couldn't make a late five-point lead stand up in the closing minutes of a 65-59 loss at E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday.


 

 

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