Team preview: North Texas

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

The 2004-05 season began with much anticipation at North Texas.

The Mean Green started 8-4, including encouraging victories against UNC Wilmington and Lamar. Better yet, Denton was set to play host to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament a couple of months down the road.

But Johnny Jones' squad opened the league schedule with an ominous 27-point loss at Denver that seemed to set the tone for a 6-9 league mark. North Texas concluded its disappointing season with a first-round league tournament loss to Arkansas State.
The showing lacked the anchor of consistent post scoring. But equally important was the fact that the go-to guy, the departed Leonard Hopkins, shot 29 percent from three-point range while attempting the most on the team.