Men's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Slate

Sept. 12, 2017

DENTON -- North Texas men's basketball head coach Grant McCasland announced the non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season Tuesday, including four road contests against notable opponents Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, and Georgetown.

"We are excited about our non-conference schedule and the challenges it presents our team," McCasland said. "This schedule will prepare us for Conference USA play and we can't wait for the season opener on Nov. 10 at the Super Pit."

The Mean Green will play 13 non-conference games, thanks in part to their inclusion in the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase hosted by the Yellow Jackets, which gives them an extra contest. In total, North Texas will play seven home non-conference games and six away games.

Season tickets for Mean Green basketball are available at just $75 per person for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit the North Texas Ticket Office website.

Eureka College (Friday, Nov. 10)
• Head coach Grant McCasland makes his North Texas coaching debut at the Super Pit.
• The Red Devils were 13-12 in 2016-17 and are a Division III school in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
First-ever meeting between the two schools.

at Nebraska (Monday, Nov. 13)
• Finished 12-19 overall record in 2016-17 and 6-12 in the Big Ten conference.
• Had an RPI of 111 but eight wins came at home.
• North Texas is 0-4 all-time against the Cornhuskers with the most recent meeting coming on Nov. 29, 2006, in a 76-57 loss.

Bethune-Cookman (Thursday, Nov. 16)
First-ever meeting between the two schools.
• Mean Green face Wildcats as part of the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase.
• The Wildcats were 10-22 in 2016-17 but have a new coach in Ryan Ridder.

UT Rio Grande Valley (Monday, Nov. 20)
• Formerly known as UT-Pan American, the teams have played each other 22 times.
• The Mean Green have won the last four meetings, including an 84-45 win on Feb. 15, 2006, at the Super Pit.
• UTRGV finished with a 10-22 overall record in 2016-17.

Rogers State (Friday, Nov. 22)
First-ever meeting between the two teams.
• Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker was named the first athletic director and men's basketball coach at Rogers State in 2006.
• The Hillcats had a 19-10 overall record in 2016-17 and played two exhibitions against Tulsa and Oklahoma State.

at Georgia Tech (Friday, Nov. 24)
• Finished with 21 wins, was the runner-up at the NIT and was 17-4 at home in 2016-17.
• Had an RPI of 79 under head coach Josh Pastner in 2016-17 (entering second year at GT).
• North Texas is 0-1 all-time against the Yellow Jackets after a 93-76 loss on Dec. 31, 1997.

Grambling State (Monday, Nov. 27)
• The Tigers had a 16-17 record in 2016-17 and are 0-2 all-time against North Texas.
Last meeting was an 82-40 Mean Green victory at the Super Pit on Dec. 20, 2011.
• Grambling State has a first-year head coach in Donte Jackson.

at Oklahoma (Thursday, Nov. 30)
• The Sooners finished with an 11-20 record in 2016-17 but are 4-1 all-time against the Mean Green.
• Oklahoma earned a 95-82 win in Norman on Nov. 11, 2013.
• Oklahoma won 20-plus games four seasons in a row prior to last season.

at UT Arlington (Saturday, Dec. 2)
• The Mavericks went 27-9 in 2016-17, setting a program record for most wins in a single season.
UTA advanced to the NIT for the second time in program history and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.
• North Texas leads the all-time series with a 30-25 record, but UTA has won the last four games.

Indiana State (Wednesday, Dec. 6)
• The Sycamores had an 11-20 record in 2016-17.
• North Texas is 5-1 in the all-time series.
• The last meeting was a road win for the Mean Green, 80-69 on Nov. 23, 2008.

McNeese State (Saturday, Dec. 9)
• The Cowboys finished with a 7-22 record in 2016-17.
• North Texas holds a 19-17 all-time series record with their former Southland Conference rival.
Last meeting was a North Texas 67-65 victory at the Super Pit on Feb. 15, 1996.

at San Diego (Saturday, Dec. 16)
• The Toreros had a 13-18 overall record in 2016-17.
• San Diego evened the all-time series at 2-2 with a 69-68 win at the Super Pit last season.
• First trip to San Diego since 1988, where North Texas won 81-77 in overtime.

at Georgetown (Wednesday, Dec. 20)
• The Hoyas finished with a 14-18 overall record in 2016-17.
• It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
• Former NBA legend and college national player of the year Patrick Ewing was named head coach on April 3, 2017.








 

 

Date

Day

Opponent

Site

Nov. 10

Friday

Eureka College

Super Pit

Nov. 13

Monday

At Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

Nov. 16

Thursday

Bethune-Cookman

Super Pit

Nov. 20

Monday

UT Rio Grande Valley

Super Pit

Nov. 22

Wednesday

Rogers State

Super Pit

Nov. 24

Friday

At Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA

Nov. 27

Monday

Grambling State

Super Pit

Nov. 30

Thursday

At Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Dec. 2

Saturday

At UTA

Arlington, TX

Dec. 6

Wednesday

Indiana State

Super Pit

Dec. 9

Saturday

McNeese State

Super Pit

Dec. 16

Saturday

At San Diego

San Diego, CA

Dec. 20

Wednesday

At Georgetown

Washington, DC



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