Mean Green Roll Into Lubbock

The North Texas Mean Green come into Lubbock looking for a second straight win against the Tech.

Texas Tech's season got off to a good start in their home opener Friday as they took down Troy 90-85. Now the Red Raiders turn their focus on another Sun Belt Conference opponent in North Texas.

Tech traveled to Denton last year to face the Mean Green only to be taken down 92-83 in overtime. However, North Texas has been one of the toughest places to play on their home court over the last few years, as they hold a 66-13 record in The Super Pit since 2006.

North Texas was one win away from the NCAA Tournament last year when they lost in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, and won the Sun Belt in 2010.

The team returns five letter-winners, and brings in two preseason highly touted freshman who were picked to finish on the all-freshman team for the Sun Belt in Tony Mitchell and Jordan Williams.

However, Tony Mitchell is not eligible to practice until December 17. Mitchell was rated as number 12 recruit in the nation last year by rivals and the second highest rated forward.

Even though the Mean Green will be missing Mitchell's star power, they will not be missing his height. North Texas has the tallest team in the Sun Belt Conference averaging 6'5" per player. The only Big 12 team to surpass that is Baylor.

To add on to that, the Mean Green also returns one of the best shot blockers in the Sun Belt in pre-season All Sun Belt Forward Kedrick Hogans. He only needs 40 blocks to become the all-time leader in Mean Green history in blocks.

The Red Raiders ran into foul trouble Friday night with their post players as Senior Robert Lewandowski had four fouls and Jordan Tolbert fouled out on the night.

If Tech expects to compete in the game they will have to stay out of foul trouble and rebound better than they have been. They only out-rebounded Troy on Friday night by two.

The game is at 7 p.m. tonight in the United Spirit Arena and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

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