DENTON (11/15/06) - After recording one of the program’s biggest wins of the last twenty years, Johnny Jones and the Mean Green shift gears to take on local rival UT-Arlington. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CST from The Super Pit.
The Mean Green, which posted its best home record in 30 years (11-4) last season, began the season 2-0 for the first time in 12 years and only the fourth time in 25. North Texas is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor and is red hot from beyond the arc. NT nailed 13 three-pointers against Charlotte, and is hitting at a 46.3 percent clip from three-point territory. Led by Preseason All-Sun Belt guard Kendrick Davis, the Mean Green have three players averaging double figures so far in 2006-07.
Despite being only 40 miles apart, North Texas and UT-Arlington have not played a regular-season game in nearly a decade. The Mean Green leads the all-time series with the Mavericks 28-18. NT took the first two meetings in 1925, but fell in the last game 70-67 on Feb. 3, 1996.
North Texas, a Southland member until 1996, holds a 229-192 all-time record against current conference members. Texas State, formerly Southwest Texas State, has the longest rivalry with North Texas. The two teams have met 84 times, with NT taking 56 of the matches.
Already fifth in all-time victories among North Texas’ 16 head coaches, Johnny Jones has raised the expectations of Mean Green basketball. On top of posting the program’s most home wins in three decades, his team also equalled or topped the previous years squad for total victories for the fourth time in five seasons. Jones notched perhaps the biggest win of his career on Sunday, knocking off NIT participant Charlotte 90-72.
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