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One of my favorite teams.  Had a great time at the conference tournament in Lafayette.   Jones' record before this year was 1-4 in the Belt tournaments.  Without the spirit groups, there were less than 20 NT fans until the final.  Maybe 50 NT supporters showed up for the finals.  ULaLa had been eliminated in the first round the week before by NT, as the first round games were at the home court of the top seeded teams.   I think this tournament's poor attendance was a key in moving the tournament to a neutral site.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

One of my favorite teams.  Had a great time at the conference tournament in Lafayette.   Jones' record before this year was 1-4 in the Belt tournaments.  Without the spirit groups, there were less than 20 NT fans until the final.  Maybe 50 NT supporters showed up for the finals.  ULaLa had been eliminated in the first round the week before by NT, as the first round games were at the home court of the top seeded teams.   I think this tournament's poor attendance was a key in moving the tournament to a neutral site.   

We had no idea how terrible the overall attendance had been when my brother and I showed up for that final. 

I remember trying to ask the guy at the ticket table to sell us a pair that would put us near the North Texas bench... He just laughed out loud, sold us the first two tickets on the pile, and said "I'm pretty sure you boys can sit just about wherever you want". And he was right, because I want to say we were maybe 15 or 20 rows from the floor, and only that far up because we didn't want to take someone else's seats by accident. 

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Fun bunch to watch.  Will be good to see the ones that return for the reunion.  The announced attendance for the last men's home game against Rice was in excess of 2100.  And, by seeing the crowd in person, that number seems about right.  Was really surprised at the turnout...lacking anything in the way of a student turnout however.  Here's hoping that more will show up in support of this team's 10th anniversary.  Sometimes, it is OK to put aside personal prejudices and just come celebrate and support a bunch of good guys.

Edit: So maybe some folks cannot put aside their prejudices to support one of UNT's better teams at their 10th anniversary.  Fair enough, but too bad...these guys did leave it all on the court for their team and the fans.  Just thought some folks might want to help repay them in some small way.

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54 minutes ago, TheTastyGreek said:

We had no idea how terrible the overall attendance had been when my brother and I showed up for that final. 

I remember trying to ask the guy at the ticket table to sell us a pair that would put us near the North Texas bench... He just laughed out loud, sold us the first two tickets on the pile, and said "I'm pretty sure you boys can sit just about wherever you want". And he was right, because I want to say we were maybe 15 or 20 rows from the floor, and only that far up because we didn't want to take someone else's seats by accident. 

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Fun Times!

 

Rick

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10-Year Reunion Set For 2007 Men’s Basketball Champs

2007 Sun Belt Title Team To Be Honored At Feb. 18 Home Game

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Feb. 8, 2017

 

DENTON – The Mean Green will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 men’s basketball team, which captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and earned an NCAA Tournament automatic bid, on Saturday, Feb. 18, when North Texas plays Texas San Antonio at the Super Pit. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

The 2006-07 Mean Green championship squad set a then-school record with 23 victories, winning the 2007 Sun Belt Tournament to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Calvin Watson was named the Sun Belt Tournament MVP and Ben Bell was named to the all-tournament team. This year, Watson was named to the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

In the NCAA Tournament, North Texas faced the No. 5 team in the nation, Memphis. The Mean Green stayed close through the first half before falling to the Tigers, who advanced to the Elite Eight.

The 2007 team will be recognized at halftime. Discount ticket pricing is available for all basketball letterwinners to come out and support one of the three teams in school history to earn a trip to the men’s NCAA Tournament.

2006-07 Men's Basketball Roster

 

NO

 

NAME

 

POS

 

HT

 

WT

 

YEAR

 

HOMETOWN

 

LAST SCHOOL

 

1

 

Ben Bell

 

G

 

6-3

 

170

 

JR

 

Irving, TX

 

San Jacinto CC

 

2

 

Keith Wooden

 

F

 

6-9

 

245

 

JR

 

Lawrence, KS

 

Arizona State

 

3

 

Collin Dennis

 

G

 

6-2

 

185

 

JR

 

North Richland Hills, TX

 

South Florida

 

10

 

Jared Ruffin

 

G

 

6-0

 

175

 

SR

 

Omaha, NE

 

Creighton Prep

 

11

 

Michael Sturns

 

G

 

6-4

 

190

 

JR

 

Fort Worth, TX

 

North Crowley HS

 

12

 

Kendrick Davis

 

G

 

6-4

 

195

 

SR

 

Houston

 

Arkansas

 

13

 

Rich Young

 

G/F

 

6-5

 

205

 

SR

 

Farrell, PA

 

Eastern Oklahoma State College

 

14

 

Chris Higgs

 

G

 

6-1

 

180

 

SO

 

Sanger, TX

 

Sanger HS

 

15

 

Harold Edwards

 

F

 

6-6

 

215

 

SO

 

Mobile, AL

 

LeFlore HS

 

20

 

Collin Mangrum

 

G

 

6-4

 

185

 

FR

 

Howe, TX

 

Howe HS

 

21

 

Harold Stewart

 

F

 

6-8

 

195

 

SO

 

Ft. Worth, TX

 

Crowley HS

 

23

 

Jonathan Jackson

 

F/C

 

6-8

 

240

 

JR

 

Portland, OR

 

Mineral Area College (MO)

 

25

 

Andrew Reinking

 

G

 

6-4

 

205

 

FR

 

Austin, TX

 

Austin HS

 

32

 

Quincy Williams

 

F

 

6-8

 

230

 

JR

 

Forest Park, OK

 

Carl Albert HS

 

33

 

Calvin Watson

 

G

 

6-5

 

215

 

SR

 

Houston

 

Madison HS

 

34

 

Justin Howerton

 

C

 

6-10

 

240

 

SO

 

Howe, TX

 

Howe HS

 

 

 

Coaches

 

Johnny Jones - Head Coach

 

Charlie Leonard - Assistant Coach

 

Chuck Taylor - Assistant Coach

 

Bill Foy - Assistant Coach

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