Mean Green Hoops Facing 10 Postseason Teams In 2013-14
Men's Basketball Facing BYU, Texas A&M, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
DENTON, Texas – North Texas head basketball coach Tony Benford has unveiled the Mean Green’s full 2013-14 schedule, which includes 16 home games, the program’s first appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, and matchups with regional and national powers.
The Mean Green, which is making the move to Conference USA this fall, will take on a non-conference slate chocked with three postseason teams and four opponents that finished 2012-13 inside the RPI top 105. Add in the C-USA lineup, and North Texas will face 10 postseason teams from last season.
NT’s leading scorer, Jordan Williams, is one of six returning letterman for North Texas, which welcomes the No. 49 ranked recruiting class in the nation according to HoopScoopOnline.com. The 16 regular season home games are the second most in school history behind only the 17 home games of 2007-08.
“We are really excited about the upcoming season,” Benford said. “I feel like the non-conference schedule we have prepared will have us ready for a demanding Conference USA season. Playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will pit us against four tough teams starting with Oklahoma, and we will also make trips to BYU and Texas A&M. Looking around our league, our schedule is comparable to most of the teams in C-USA, and we feel it’s a schedule that our fans will really enjoy.”
NT will open the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Oklahoma on Nov. 12. The resurgent Sooners returned to the NCAA Tournament last season thanks to second-year head coach Lon Kruger. The tournament continues with three games in as many days against Idaho, Columbia and regional-site host Portland beginning Nov. 21.
Idaho and North Texas shared a Big West Conference rivalry from 1997-2000, while Columbia first met a young Mean Green squad at the LMU Centennial Classic in Los Angeles in 2011.
On Dec. 4, BYU welcomes NT to Provo, Utah for the first time since 1989, where the Mean Green will take on a Cougars squad that advanced to the NIT semifinals in March.
Texas A&M will host the Mean Green for a New Year’s Eve showdown in College Station, Texas. The Aggies hold a slim 10-8 margin in the all-time series, but both programs have changed rosters, coaches and conferences since the last meeting in 2009.
Southland Conference regular season champion Stephen F. Austin headlines the list of regional non-conference rivals that will visit the Super Pit this season. The Lumberjacks, who visit Denton on Dec. 15, won a school-record 27 games and advanced to the NIT last season.
Nicholls State (Nov. 14), Incarnate Word (Nov. 26), Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 30), Central Arkansas (Dec. 17), Wayland Baptist (Dec. 21) and Cal State Riverside (Jan. 4) fill out the non-conference slate.
NT will open the season at home on Friday, Nov. 8, against Northwood after exhibition contests at the Super Pit against Oklahoma City (Nov. 1) and Southeastern Oklahoma (Nov. 4).