Mean Green Lose Another Pair

It's time to rally the troops for the UNT Men's Basketball team. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler
It’s time to rally the troops for the UNT Men’s Basketball team. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The North Texas Mean Green have lost another pair of consecutive games. They’re now 4-8 in Conference USA play, and sit with a 9-16 overall record. Things aren’t looking good for them. They’ve lost their last two games by at least 20 points. There’s only six games remaining and as far as a chance for them making the playoffs? Well, I am honestly not sure.

Here are my thoughts on their last two games
Vs Old Dominion University: Well, the first half just saw both teams exchanging baskets and keeping the game close. The first half ended with the Mean Green up 24-21, and it looked as if they came prepared for the challenge. However, the second half was different. In the opening minutes the Mean Green found themselves trailing by seven, and that’s when they lost control because they could not find a way to climb back into it. The Mean Green lost 67-47. J-Mychal Reese and Deckie Johnson both led the Mean Green with eleven points a piece, with Jeremy Combs adding an additional ten points and twelve rebounds.

Vs University of North Carolina-Charlotte: The first half of the first quarter saw both teams exchanging baskets, but then it all went downhill for the Mean Green, as they trailed 56-35 at the end of the first half. During the second half, the Mean Green just could not get back into it, and they ultimately lost the game 103-79. Jeremy Combs led the Mean Green with 24 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. J-Mychal Reese added an additional 18 points with just two rebounds.

Defense seemed to be the biggest issue for the Mean Green in the past two games. They’ve only manged to have ten steals. However, they did do a fairly good job with defensive rebounds, as they managed to get 48. With only six games remaining, the Mean Green need to find a way to win their remaining games. I think they can manage to win four of the six games, and they may slip into the playoffs. But the bottom line is that this is their last chance.

The Mean Green will take on Florida International this Thursday. This is a must-win game for the Mean Green. They can’t afford anymore losses.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
2/18   vs Florida International   7:00 pm
2/20   vs Florida Atlantic           7:00 pm