The Mean Green Nation has come to expect great things from basketball at UNT, and the 2011-12 season was no different. At the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Hot Springs, Ark., the men’s team made it to its third straight conference title game and fourth in the last six seasons. But Western Kentucky pulled ahead in the final seconds of the nationally televised contest to advance to the NCAA tournament. Two Mean Green players — Conference Freshman of the Year Tony Mitchell and junior Jacob Holmen — were named to the all-tournament team. Head coach Johnny Jones and the Mean Green finished 18-14.
The women’s team, under first-year head coach Karen Aston, ended its season in the tournament’s second round, gaining national attention as one of the nation’s most improved teams with its 15-16 record. Junior Jasmine Godbolt was named to the all-conference team.
With basketball season behind, Mean Green fans can get a preview of the upcoming football season by attending the 2012 Green and White scrimmage. Spring practice, led by head coach Dan McCarney, begins March 28. The scrimmage begins at 2 p.m. April 21, and will be the first spring game in the Platinum LEED-certified Apogee Stadium.