Benford, players address Huntsville loss, et cetera

I had a chance to ask Tony Benford and UNT’s players about their loss to Alabama-Huntsville today after they returned from the “Road Trip From You Know Where”

Not the most pleasant conversation I have had recently, but it was kind of enlightening.

“It was a tough trip,” Benford said. “We knew Creighton was going to be a difficult game and Alabama-Huntsville, I give those guys credit. That was the worst loss I have been a part of in 21 years. That’s all on me. I will always be accountable. That is a game we should have won.”

UNT’s players were upset about the loss as well.

“We have to take on the mindset that the loss was our wakeup call,” UNT forward Roger Franklin said. “Maybe the hype got to us a little bit, but now we know what have to do. The pressure is off us. All we have to do is go out there and play good basketball.”

Standup move by Benford to take the bullet on that one.

Benford and his players also talked a little about why it happened. UNT has some injury issues right now that are not helping matters. Guys like Jacob Holmen, P.J. Hardwick and Clarke Overlander have missed a lot of practice time.

That’s not helping.

The fact that Tony Mitchell, Chris Jones and Jordan Williams are the core of the team and have all only played a semester worth of college basketball — and not together — is not helping matters, either.

UNT’s players feel confident they will make the adjustments they need to make and bounce back.

And in other news, the UNT women lost 67-63 on the road tonight at SMU, where the Mean Green never wins. BreAnna Dawkins had 15 and Alexis Hyder 13.

The UNT volleyball team did win their opening round match in the Sun Belt Conference tournament out in Bowling Green in four sets over Middle Tennessee, which had bounced the Mean Green in consecutive years.