North Texas Set For Important Road Swing

Jan. 20, 2016

The North Texas men's basketball team will begin a three game road swing with Middle Tennessee Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. (photo by Rick Yeatts).

North Texas men's basketball vs. Middle Tennessee
Date | Time  Thursday, Jan. 21 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location   Murfreesboro, Tenn. | Murphy Center (11,520)
Stream  MT All-Access ($)
Live Stats
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Hank Dickenson (PXP) 
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas 

DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team will begin its toughest stretch of the season starting with a road game at Middle Tennessee Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Murphy Center.

The Mean Green are coming off two home losses against Conference USA leader Marshall (L, 97-78) and Western Kentucky (L, 81-76). North Texas is 7-11 overall and is 2-3 in the C-USA. In the five point loss against Western Kentucky, the Mean Green missed 11 free throws and spoiled 61 points combined points from J-Mychal Reese, Jeremy Combs and Deckie Johnson.

Combs is making a strong case for C-USA all-conference after recording his fourth straight double-double and four straight game with 20-plus points. Combs scored the first 14 points against Western Kentucky and finished with 21 points along with 12 rebounds. He leads the C-USA in rebounding at 10.4 boards a game and is 16th in the nation. In five C-USA games, Combs is putting up monster numbers in 20.6 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per contest.

Junior J-Mychal Reese had his most efficient game of the season with 23 points (nine of 16 from the field) and dished out seven assists. Reese is tied for second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game. Classmate Deckie Johnson returned to the lineup and scored 17 points against WKU. Johnson leads the team with 39 made three pointers and is averaging 14.6 points per game.

As a team, North Texas is 41st in the nation in field goal percentage (47.3), 10 in free throw attempts (503) and 62nd in free throws made (301).

The Mean Green will continue their road trip with a matchup against the defending C-USA tournament champs UAB Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.

About the Opponent: MT
•This will be the 19th meeting between the two teams with the first ever meeting coming in 2001. North Texas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 57-56 win last season.

• In the last meeting, the Mean Green trailed by 19 points at halftime and by 21 in the second half before storming back outscoring MT 39-to-19 to secure a 57-56 comeback win at the Super Pit on Valentines Day last season. Jordan Williams led North Texas with 16 points and NT held Middle Tennessee to 22.7 percent (five of 22) in the second half.

• The Blue Raiders are 7-1 in home games against North Texas. The lone road win for the Mean Green came ironically five years earlier on the same date of the last two wins vs. MT - 2-14-09 and 2-14-15. NT came away with an 89-78 win in 2009 as former players Adam McCoy (24 pts.) and Josh White (26 pts.) led the way and had 10 made three-pointers as a team.

• MT enters with a 12-5 overall record and is 4-1 in the C-USA coming off two close road wins at Charlotte (W, 73-72) and at ODU (W, 64-61). The Blue Raiders are 5-1 at home this season.

• Middle Tennessee is led by Giddy Potts who is averaging 15.8 points per game and leads the team with 37 made three pointers. Darnell Harris is second at 13.6 points per game and Reggie Upshaw is third at 13.1 points per game. Upshaw leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game.
The Last Meeting
Middle Tennessee56
North Texas57
February 14, 2015
The Super Pit
North Texas Storms Back From 21 Down To Beat MTSU
North Texas fell behind by 21 points to Middle Tennessee. But the Mean Green found its defense and shut down a formerly-red hot Blue Raider offense, located its offense behind Jordan Williams and Colin Voss and pulled within eight with 3:32 to play, then finished off a sensational comeback by hitting nine-of-10 free throws down the stretch for a stunning 57-56 victory



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