C-USA Announces Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule
Mean Green Begins Conference Season On The Road At Charlotte Dec. 31
DENTON – The 18-game Conference USA schedule has been released for the 2016-17 season, which features North Texas on the road for the conference opener at Charlotte (Dec. 31), and at Old Dominion (Jan. 2).
North Texas will open the conference season on the road for the second-straight season before hosting two of the top teams in the C-USA in UAB (Jan. 5), and defending C-USA tournament champions Middle Tennessee on Jan. 7.
“The early part of our conference schedule is very challenging,” head coach Tony Benford said. “We open conference play with some of the top teams in C-USA, with three of those games on the road. UAB, LA Tech, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee ended their season in postseason play. Our non-conference schedule should prepare us for league play, with home games versus UTA, San Diego, Drexel, Niagara, Hartford, and road games at Rutgers, Sam Houston State, and Texas Tech. We have a more experienced and talented team this season, so we look forward to the challenge.”
Men’s hoops will play Charlotte, Old Dominion, LA Tech, Southern Miss., and Rice twice during the conference slate. Also of note, the Mean Green will host four-straight home games at The Super Pit from Feb. 16- Feb. 23 facing UTEP, UTSA, LA Tech, and Southern Miss.
The conference schedule concludes with two road games at Western Kentucky (March 2), and the season finale at Marshall on March 4.
North Texas has the most experienced team returning in the C-USA with 90 percent of its scoring coming back, including its top three scorers in junior Jeremy Combs, as well as seniors J-Mychal Reese and Deckie Johnson.
The Mean Green finished 12-20 last season, 7-11 in C-USA but had a stellar 6-3 record at The Super Pit against conference opponents.
The remaining non-conference portion of the schedule, as well as the broadcast details for Mean Green basketball games will be announced at a later date.
|Saturday, Dec. 31||at Charlotte|
|Monday, Jan. 2||at Old Dominion|
|Thursday, Jan. 5||UAB|
|Saturday, Jan. 7||Middle Tennessee|
|Saturday, Jan. 14||at Rice|
|Thursday, Jan. 19||at Southern Miss.|
|Saturday, Jan. 21||at LA Tech|
|Thursday, Jan. 26||Charlotte|
|Saturday, Jan. 28||Old Dominion|
|Saturday, Feb. 4||Rice|
|Thursday, Feb. 9||at Florida Atlantic|
|Saturday, Feb. 11||at FIU|
|Thursday, Feb. 16||UTEP|
|Saturday, Feb. 18||UTSA|
|Thursday, Feb. 23||LA Tech|
|Saturday, Feb. 25||Southern Miss|
|Thursday, March 2||at WKU|
|Saturday, March 4||at Marshall|