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Five things to look forward to at Mean Green Madness

Five things to look forward to at Mean Green Madness

Five things to look forward to at Mean Green Madness
October 25
23:35 2017

The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip-off the 2017 season in celebratory fashion Thursday night with Mean Green Madness at the Super Pit. The event begins at 7 p.m. but will have a different look than years past.

Here are five things to watch for Thursday night:

No more scrimmages

Thankfully, the pointless running clock scrimmages that were treated like All-Star games are no more. It was painful to sit in a crowd last season as the teams scrimmaged with fans paying more attention to their phone while sarcastically clapping at any made shot. This time, fans should be able to see more interpersonal games and competitions. Regardless of what that constitutes, it will be far better than the scrimmage that took place last year.

Rave theme

I’m all for themes at events as it makes it easier for everyone involved to have fun. The rave theme should be extremely fun for those in attendance because it produces a lively environment with lots of music and excitement. The teams are full of personality, beginning with senior men’s basketball forward Shane Temara, and I fully expect that to be on full display.

If the theme is successful, the amount of energy in the Pit will be drastically improved, which is really all that people are there for.

Free T-shirts

Okay, so people are there for the experience, but free T-shirts are a plus too. If you’re looking for some new apparel, the Super Pit is the place to be Thursday night.

Seriously, you’ll probably get a free shirt if you go to this event if it is anything like last year. They give them out like hotcakes, so I suggest taking advantage of that.

An improved three-point contest

The three-point contest last year was cool, and junior women’s basketball guard Grace Goodhart won both the women’s contest and the overall contest. This time, the competition will most likely be between junior guard Terriell Bradley and Goodhart, which will be intriguing to watch. I’ll take Goodhart to repeat.

On the men’s side, Keith Frazier won the contest last year. Frazier played just four games and hit seven threes during the season before missing the rest of the year with knee issues. This year, expect a much-improved contest because the men’s team has a few pure shooters. If junior guard Jorden Duffy competes he’s probably the favorite, senior guard DJ Draper along with sophomore guards Roosevelt Smart and A.J. Lawson will all be in the mix.

A vastly superior dunk contest

Last year Temara won the dunk contest after everyone else failed to capitalize on a lot of opportunities. This year, with junior forward Tope Arikawe and redshirt sophomore guard Jahmiah Simmons, Temara will have a tough time repeating in this contest. Not only that, but the rave theme could add more flavor to the show and peak interest in the competition that should be one of the main attractions of the night.

It should be a great cap to an improved Mean Green Madness as the men’s and women’s teams look to inject some excitement into their fanbases leading up to the season.

Featured Image: Graphic Courtesy of Mean Green Athletics

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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