Whatever North Texas learned about Florida Atlantic from that first meeting in October did not translate into improved results in December.

To borrow an old sports adage, if you want to be the champ, you have to beat the champ.

North Texas is one win from capturing Conference USA's West Division title after rallying for a 24-23 victory over defending West champion Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.

One of the earliest players to arrive at the court each morning for Mean Green men's basketball practice is also one of the first players that new head coach Grant McCasland brought in to help start the new era of North Texas basketball.

For the second-straight year, North Texas could not stop SMU on third down nor slow Mustang star wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

Jordan Murray's first career start is a blur.

All the junior remembers is that it was against Rice in 2015, his freshman season, and that on every play he knew he was messing up.

The 6-foot-9 366 pound Mean Green offensive lineman was frustrated.