Mean Green Put Home Win Streak On The Line Versus ODU

March 2, 2016

Sophomore Jeremy Combs looks to keep the home momentum going starting with ODU Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. (photo by Rick Yeatts).  

North Texas men's basketball vs. ODU Monarchs
Date | Time  Thursday, March 3 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Stream  MeanGreen All-Access ($)
Live Stats
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color) 
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Game Notes   North Texas 

DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team is hoping the fabulous Super Pit will provide a much needed spark Thursday, March 3 as they ride a four-game home winning streak against Old Dominion at 7 p.m.

With two Conference USA regular season games left, North Texas can climb as high as No. 7 but could drop to No. 12 with two losses. NT is 6-10 in league play and will face-off against ODU who is currently the fifth seed at 10-6.

The Mean Green started last week’s final road trip almost pulling off the upset at LA Tech falling in overtime, 73-62. North Texas had a two-point lead with 21 seconds left in regulation but couldn’t hold on to the win. In Saturday’s road finale against Southern Mississippi, NT came out flat and just couldn’t make a rally committing 15 turnovers in the loss. North Texas is 1-15 when an opponent outshoots them from the field. Sophomore Jeremy Combs picked up his 14th double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Junior Carrington Ward scored a career-high 13 points off the bench, including 11 in the first half against the Golden Eagles. Freshman Ja’Michael Brown added 15 points off five of seven from downtown.

Combs leads the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game and in rebounding at 11.0 per game. The Dallas native is top-15 in nine different categories in the C-USA. Nationally, he is 23rd in double-doubles (14), 22nd in field goal percentage (60.1), 20th in offensive rebounds per game (3.66), 12th in rebounds per game (11.0) and 11th in total rebounds (320). Combs is closing in on a couple of North Texas single-season records sitting sixth best with 320 rebounds and seventh best in field goal percentage at 60.1.

Junior J-Mychal Reese is second on the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.8 per game (111 total). His 111 total assists is nine shy of 10th best in school history with at least three games remaining. Johnson is third at 14.4 points per game and has hit a team best 66 made three pointers. His 66 triples is currently tied for sixth best and is four away from being fourth all-time.

As a team, North Texas is 111th in the nation in field goal percentage (45.4), 14th in free throw attempts (774) and 61st in free throws made (493).

The Mean Green will take on Charlotte on Senior Day Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit.

About the Opponent: ODU

• This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams with the first meeting coming on Feb. 13, 2014. ODU defeated North Texas in Norfolk, Va., 67-47 in the last meeting on Feb. 11, 2016.

• In the last meeting on Feb. 11, North Texas played great defense holding ODU to 21 first half points but never got going offensively scoring a season-low 47 points in a 67-47 defeat on the road. Jeremy Combs had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Deckie Johnson and J-Mychal Reese added 11 points apiece. NT held C-USA’s leading scorer to just 13 points off five of 15 from the field.

• ODU comes in with a 17-12 record and is 10-6 in conference play. The Monarchs have won three of their last four games coming off a home sweep against UTEP (W, 74-53) and UTSA (W, 78-56). ODU is currently the fifth seed in the C-USA Tournament.

• The Monarchs are led by senior Trey Freeman who is averaging 21.2 points per game and has scored 612 total points this season. Sophomore Brandan Stith leads the team in rebounding at 9.7 per game and has grabbed 223 total in 23 games.

The Last Meeting
North Texas47
Old Dominion67
February 11, 2016
Norfolk, VA
Cold Shooting Hurts North Texas At Old Dominion
The North Texas men’s basketball team held Old Dominion to its second lowest halftime point total (21) but a tough shooting night led to a 67-47 road loss Thursday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.



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