North Texas Basketball Opens Final Road Trip At WKU Thursday

Feb. 28, 2017

North Texas men's basketball at Western Kentucky 
Date | Time  Thursday, March 2 | 7 p.m.
Location   Bowling Green, KY | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
Live Stats
TV  Fox College Sports - Randy Lee (PxP) and Hal Schmitt (color)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | WKU

DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball departs for Bowling Green, Kentucky, to face Western Kentucky on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. on Fox College Sports.

The Mean Green have been eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament after suffering two home losses against Louisiana Tech (85-67) and Southern Miss (76-53). Freshman guard A.J. Lawson earned his third C-USA Freshman of the Week accolade and North Texas has won the award four weeks in a row. Lawson picked up his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Golden Eagles. Graduate transfer Derail Green also scored 17 points off 6-for-12 from the field on Senior Day.

North Texas is hoping to achieve a couple of individual milestones as senior guard J-Mychal Reese is five points away from scoring 1,000 collegiate career points between Texas A&M and North Texas. Lawson is 10 points away from scoring the fifth highest output by a freshman at North Texas in his first season.

Lawson leads the team and C-USA freshmen in scoring at 11.2 points per game. Reese sits second in scoring at 10.3 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.3 per game (88 total). Woolridge is fourth in scoring at 9.6 points per game in 19 games played.

The Mean Green have hit 40 three-pointers during the first five games of the 3-point challenge. North Texas is continuing the 3-Point Challenge and we are hoping you will join this exciting initiative and pledge your donations for every 3-Point shot our team makes during the 3-Point Challenge campaign, running Feb. 1 – March 5.

The campaign is fun and easy to get involved in. Just go to and make your pledge today. Help our school become a 3-Point Challenge champion over other rival schools and help save lives from cancer at the same time by raising donations for 3-pointers during games. Go to to find out where North Texas ranks nationally.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program makes it fun and easy to get and stay involved. All proceeds help the American Cancer Society save lives and celebrate life. Every single day. For additional information contact

About the Opponent: Western Kentucky

• This will be the 24th meeting between the two teams. Western Kentucky leads the all-time series 18-5 and North Texas has only won twice in 11 trips to Bowling Green.

• In the last meeting, WKU defeated North Texas 84-76 last season at the Conference USA Tournament on March 9, 2016. Eric Katenda finished with a career-high 22 points and Ja’Michael Brown added 14. Deckie Johnson scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out six assists. WKU’s Justin Johnson had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds .

• In the previous meeting in Bowling Green, WKU used an 11-0 run to erase a five-point North Texas lead to win 65-59 on Feb. 5, 2015. The Mean Green were led by Armani Flannigan’s 14 points and Jordan Williams added 13. Jeremy Combs pulled down 13 rebounds in the loss.

• Western Kentucky enters with a 13-16 overall record and are 7-9 in Conference USA. The Hilltoppers are currently sitting eighth in the C-USA standings despite having lost four of its last five league games.

• WKU is led by three players in Justin Johnson (14.2 points per game), Que Johnson (13.7 points per game) and Pancake Thomas (13.7 points per game). Justin Johnson leads the team in rebounding at 9.1 board per game.

• WKU is 9-3 at home this season and will host North Texas and Rice to close out the C-USA regular season.

The Last Meeting
North Texas76
Western Kentucky84
March 9, 2016
Birmingham, AL
North Texas Fights Hard But Drops C-USA Tournament Game To WKU
The North Texas men's basketball team fell behind by 12 at halftime but clawed back coming up short, 84-76, in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament to eighth-seeded WKU Wednesday afternoon at the Legacy Arena.



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