Mean Green Sun Belt Tournament Central

Last Train To Hot Springs

This week is the final appearance for the Mean Green men and women at the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships, which take place March 8-11 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Before joining Conference USA this July, North Texas will vie one more time for the Sun Belt's automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. First-round and quarterfinal games will take place at Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center, and semifinals and finals will be played at Summit Arena. The complete tournament brackets are shown below and will be updated through the tournament. will have pre-game previews and post-game reports, features, photos, and videos from in and around the venues. Links to all our stories will be posted on this page, and we'll also be on Facebook and Twitter. The live MeanGreenSports Twitter feed is at the bottom of this page.

Sun Belt Tournament Student Shuttle

The Athletic Department is preparing a bus to take students to the tournament. If enough students are interested, the bus will leave six hours before the start of each game and will return to Denton immediately following the final Mean Green game of the day. UNT Students receive FREE admission to all tournament games in Hot Springs. If you're interested in riding the bus to Hot Springs, click here and fill out the questionnaire.

Tickets and Accommodations

The North Texas Athletic Ticket Office offers a tournament package which includes tickets to every tournament game and seating behind the team bench during North Texas games is $90 and are on sale now. For the best pricing, reserved seating, and single-game tickets, purchase your tickets through the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office online or by calling 940-565-2527 or 1-800-UNT-2366.

Accommodations are going fast. To reserve a room for the Sun Belt Tournament, call David Fast of Fast Travel Times at 817-907-4229. Information regarding alternate accommodations is available online through

Tournament Guide

Everything a Mean Green fan needs to know for the trip to Hot Springs: where to get tickets, hotel accomodations, itinerary of events (including the Tournament Tip-Off & Pep Band Spectacular on March 7, the Dribble Drive on March 9, and the Alumni Reception on March 9), directions to the venues, things to do in Hot Springs and more. Click here for the guide.

Hot Hoops In Hot Springs Headquarters

Mean Green Nation pre- & post-game gatherings will take place at Lucky's Bar & Grill, with specials including Mean Green Margaritas and Green Pride Beer. North Texas basketball coaches Mike Petersen and Tony Benford will do their pre-tournament radio shows live from Lucky's beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. Lucky's Bar & Grill is located at 711 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.

Radio and Television

All of the North Texas men's and women's games will be carried on radio by KNTU 88.1 FM, and the men's games are also broadcast on KHYI 95.3 FM. The women's championship game will be televised on ESPNU and the men's title game will be shown on ESPN (the game was originally slated for ESPN2).

All games will be televised free on the Internet via Click here for the list of women's games and select the game you wish to watch live. Click here for the list of men's games.

Tuesday, March 5

 North Texas women's feature story and video: Petersen's Aim: "Build Something Sustainable"

Wednesday, March 6

 North Texas men's feature story and video: Men Fighting For Vindication In Hot Springs
 Loryn Goodwin named Sun Belt Freshman of Year, Alexis Hyder named All-Conference
 Tony Mitchell named Sun Belt All-Conference

Thursday, March 7

 Game Preview: North Texas Women vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
 Video: Welcome to North Texas' first practice in Hot Springs 2013
Day At The Races - Oaklawn Jockey Club, 1-6 p.m. Admission to the track is $2.
6th Annual Tournament Tip-Off & Pep Band Spectacular - Summit Arena, 6 p.m.
Mike Petersen and Tony Benford pre-tournament coaches shows - 8:30 p.m., Lucky's Bar & Grill

Friday, March 8

 Game Preview: North Texas Men vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
 Video: Coach Petersen - ULL Pre-game Interview
Video: North Texas Women's Basketball Heading To First-Round Game 
Women's first-round game - North Texas 74, Louisiana-Lafayette 80 (2OT)
Video: Mean Green Tournament Memories
Video: Tony Michell warmup windmill dunk
 Video: North Texas men defeat ULL on a last-second 3-pointer in 2012
Men's first-round game - North Texas 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 74

Saturday, March 9

Dribble Drive - registration begins at 9:30 a.m., Hill Wheatley Plaza
Women's quarterfinals
Alumni Reception - 4-6 p.m., Convention Center Horner Hall
Men's quarterfinals

Sunday, March 10

Women's semifinals - noon and 2:30 p.m., Summit Arena
Men's semifinals - 6:30 and 9:00 p.m., Summit Arena

Sunday, March 10

Women's championship game - 1 p.m., Summit Arena, televised on ESPNU
Men's championship game - 6 p.m., Summit Arena, televised on ESPN

Men's Sun Belt Tournament, March 8-11

Women's Sun Belt Tournament, March 8-11
    No. 1 MTSU            
No. 8 ULL 74 6:30 - S            
6:30 - C   ULL            
No. 9 N. Texas 55     6:30 - S        
    No. 4 FIU            
    6:00 - C            
    No. 5 UALR            
            6:00 - S    
    No. 2 Ark. St.       ESPN    
No. 7 FAU   9:00 - S            
8:30 - S                
No. 10 Troy       9:00 - S        
    No. 3 S. Ala.            
No. 6 WKU   8:30 - C            
6:00 - S                
No. 11 ULM                
Venues: S - Summit Arena; C - Convention Center Court
Click here for a printable Men's Sun Belt Tournament bracket.
    No. 1 MTSU            
No. 8 FAU 63 Noon - S            
Noon - S   ULM            
No. 9 ULM 70     Noon - S        
    No. 4 Ark. St.            
    11:30a - C            
    No. 5 FIU            
            1:00 - S    
    No. 2 UALR       ESPNU    
No. 7 S. Ala. 49 2:30 - S            
2:00 - C   Troy            
No. 10 Troy 62     2:30 - S        
    No. 3 WKU            
No. 6 N. Texas 74 2:00 - C            
2:30 - S   ULL            
No. 11 ULL 80              
Venues: S - Summit Arena; C - Convention Center Court
Click here for a printable Women's Sun Belt Tournament bracket.



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