North Texas starts season off with a whimper after losing to DII Alabama-Huntsville

Yahoo! Sports/Jeff Eisenberg

North Texas knew they had a rough start to the season facing off against a Top 20 in Creighton. Doug McDermott got the better of former 2011 U19 Team USA teammate Tony Mitchell and the Bluejays won the match-up 71-51. Following that up with a match-up against a DII school would be easy for the Mean Green. Turned out that was not the case.

Alabama-Huntsville won a game they will never forget 78-75, taking down a D1 team and a possible future NBA lottery pick in the process. Tony Mitchell, a jump out of the gym combo forward who flirted with the NBA Draft after his freshman season, finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes before fouling out of the contest.

Hard to place the blame fully on Mitchell's shoulders. Nonetheless, he is the player everyone is watching, the one you expect to step up in games like these. His only taking 4 FG's leads one to believe that he was much too passive in this effort.

Getting beat by McDermott is one thing, this has to be a major wake-up call for Mitchell and his role with this team. It is a group effort, but someone needs to take the lead. All eyes are on Tony Mitchell.

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