Mean Green Men’s Basketball not starting well

The North Texas Mean Green fans love to get rowdy at home games. Photo Courtesy: Joe Lorenzini
The North Texas fans love to get rowdy at home games. Photo Courtesy: Joe Lorenzini

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Mean Green Men’s Basketball is off to a poor start this season. After winning their first two games of the season, they went on to lose three straight.

My thoughts on their three straight losses this week
Vs Idaho: Started out as a back-and-forth game with both sides trading baskets. It was tied at 32 at the half. The Mean Green ended up losing 65-63. The Mean Green offense made only 49.8 percent of their field goals, and went 5-18 in three-point attempts, which is about 30 percent. UNT forced 17 turnovers and were able to score 23 points off of them.

Vs Samford: Just like the previous game, both teams were trading baskets most of the time. At one point, the Mean Green trailed be eleven points, but they managed to climb back to stay in the game, and even went on 15-0 run early in the 2nd half to take the lead, but ultimately fell short and lost 74-72. The offense made 42 percent of their field goals, but only 25 percent of their three-point attempts going 4-16. UNT forced a total of eleven turnovers in this game.

Vs Troy: This game was different. At the half, the Mean Green had a 33-31 lead, but after they surrendered 55 points in the second half, and at one point trailed by sixteen, the Mean Green could not regroup to stay in the game, and lost 86-74. After losing the lead, UNT trailed the rest of the game. The offense made close to 43 percent of their field goals, and 35.3 percent going 6-17. The Mean Green forced only six turnovers, and committed 18, which is one of the reasons they collapsed in the second half.

These three loses are very hard to get over. It looks as though three-point shots are one of the issues that the Mean Green will need to work on. Making only 29 percent in a three-game span makes things very difficult. Free throws haven’t been a problem for the Mean Green as they made 72 percent of them.

The Mean Green now have some time off. Their next opponent will be the Northern Iowa Panthers, which will be the Mean Green’s first road game of the season. It will be next Monday, so the Mean Green have time to get back to practice, and to get ready. If this season is going to be an improvement from last year, they need to fix the issues quick.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
11/30   @Northern Iowa        7:00 pm
12/3     @UT-Arlington          7:00 pm
12/5      vs Southern Illinois   5:00 pm