Jorden Duffy
Rick Yeatts

North Texas Hosts Southern Miss



DENTON – A lot can change in a year.

For the Mean Green men's basketball team (14-1, 2-0 C-USA) they are on the verge of not just setting the school-record for best start to a season on Saturday but also matching last season's regular season win total with still 16 regular season games remaining on the schedule.

Saturday, North Texas hosts Southern Miss (8-6, 0-2 C-USA) at 5:00 p.m. aiming to break a program-record that has held for 66 years and win its 15th game almost two months sooner than it did last year.

Saturday's game will air live on ESPN+ and on the radio on KHYI 95.3 FM.

Fans can buy four tickets for just $20.19 by using the promo code "NEWYEAR". The promo is only available online. 

"Our depth is our greatest strength," said head coach Grant McCasland following the Mean Green's 63-59 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday. A statement he's said many times throughout the year. "Our depth has saved us multiple times this year and it's helped us win the close games we didn't win last year."

Last season, North Texas ended the year with a 7-7 record in games decided by five points or fewer.

This year, following Thursday's four-point win, they are 3-0 and have pulled out the narrow victories thanks to a variety of scorers. The Mean Green are the only team in the country that has six players with a double-digit scoring average and have had seven different players lead them in scoring in their 15 games.

"If it's not one guy's night everyone in the locker room trusts everyone and we know someone will step up," said sophomore Zachary Simmons. "And we know whoever had an off night will bounce back and carry us in the next game. We have confidence and togetherness that maybe a lot of other teams don't have."

While life is good right now for the Mean Green who have won 19 of their last 21 dating back to last season and are the only 2-0 team in Conference USA, they also remember last year and the lull they went through towards the end of the regular season.
"We can't get too high and we can't get too low," Simmons said. "We have to keep our foot on the gas pedal and make sure we stay the aggressors, because a lot can change if you lose focus. We want to win a championship not just 15 games."
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