NT Took Down Another Giant, Now Time To Win Next One

With a pair of steals against UAB, Jordan Williams moved into a tie for seventh in school history with 108 career steals.
Feb. 13, 2015

North Texas (10-13, 4-7 C-USA) vs. MTSU (13-12, 6-6 C-USA)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 • 7 p.m. Central
Denton, Texas • The Super Pit (10,500)
Radio: MGRN - 95.3 KHYI-FM88.1 KNTU-FM
TV: American Sports Network
               Dave Barnett (PxP), Ben Braun (Color)
Webcast: AmericanSportsNet.com (Free)
Live Stats: MeanGreenStats.com (Free)
Series: MTSU leads 12-6 • Streak: MTSU won 6 straight
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DENTON - With over three quarters of the regular season in the books, no one can accuse the Mean Green of not being able to reel in the giants on the Super Pit hardwood.

North Texas made enough clutch buckets and defensive stands to knock off first-place UAB on Thursday night - the team's second win over a C-USA first place team in the last three weeks. Only LA Tech, who the Mean Green took down at the Super Pit on Jan. 22, can claim more victories over current top-four teams in the C-USA standings.

Throw in December's win over traditional Big East power, Creighton, and NT's has put together a few quality wins to hang their hat on.

But North Texas' problem this year hasn't been the great white sharks, it's been the minnows.

The Last Meeting
Middle Tennessee70
North Texas63
January 25, 2014
The Super Pit
Middle Tennessee Holds Off Late Mean Green Rally
Middle Tennessee used a 21-3 run and held off a late Mean Green rally to overtake the North Texas men's basketball team and propel the visitors to a 70-63 victory on Saturday night at the Super Pit.

The Mean Green followed up the Creighton victory with a loss to previously winless Prairie View A&M just two days later. LA Tech left the Super Pit with a loss, but Southern Miss was able to sneak out with their only C-USA win in 12 tries in NT's next game.

On Saturday, Tony Benford & Co. have a chance to prove they've put all that behind them. With wins in three of their last four home games, and coming off a monster win over the Blazers, North Texas welcomes Middle Tennessee to Denton.

Far from a bottom feeder at 6-6 in C-USA, the Blue Raiders represent a chance at redemption and an opportunity to climb further up the logjam that is the conference standings. MTSU is one of the seven teams within three games of the Mean Green in the table.

MTSU is coming off a heartbreaking 71-68 double-overtime loss at Rice on Thursday, which gives the Blue Raiders four losses in their last five games. Rice scored 21 points off 22 MTSU turnovers.

The Mean Green apparently loves playing on Valentines Day. NT is 14-9 all-time on Feb. 14, including an 89-78 victory at Middle Tennessee in 2009 - still the program's only win in Murfreesboro, Tenn. That night, Josh White and Adam McCoy exploded for 26 and 24 points, respectively, and NT shot 60.4 percent from the floor for the night.


 

 

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