After taking a short one-day vacation with the better half, I ventured back to town and the Super Pit to cover the UNT-Southeastern Louisiana game today.
We are way past style-pointing wins at UNT like fans did at times the last couple of years, but yikes.
UNT darn near lost to a 1-6 Southland team.
If UNT had, things really would have gone south.
Tony Mitchell went 1-for-9 and never seemed to be into one of his sweet spots in the halfcourt, Jacob Holmen went 1-for-6, Chris Jones scored one points and UNT went 0-for-11 from 3.
I have been told I’m dead wrong, but I still don’t like the way UNT looks in the halfcourt. When a team scored 45 points and needs a late 8-0 run to pull out a game against a team like Southeastern Louisiana, I have to wonder if there isn’t something to the way this team struggles to score at times.
UNT lacks 3-point shooting. Teams pack it in. That makes it tough, but UNT has to be able to find a way to get higher percentage shots.
UNT had 22 points in the paint. SLU had 18 and was at a serious height disadvantage.
The scary part about the way this looks now for UNT is that prep time is officially over.
The next couple of weeks offer a chance to right the ship or see it really take on water. UNT has red hot Lehigh later this week followed by games at Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. MTSU and WKU are a combined 15-4.
UNT could find it and run all three or continue to struggle and lose all three, which is something this team can’t afford to do. Jordan Williams was suspended for the first half tonight and doubts linger.
UNT is already 0-1 in Sun Belt play and has missed out on all its opportunities for a signature nonconference win this far.
UNT got the win it needed tonight.
Whether or not it can build on it will tell the tale.