Welp, just when one thinks it couldn’t get a whole lot worse for UNT, it did.
The Mean Green lost the first game of the “Sun Belt Road Trip of Death” at Western Kentucky on Saturday and saw its starting point guard Chris Jones go down with a sprained foot.
That was bad.
UNT was whacked by Middle Tennessee tonight 75-57 and posted some bafflingly bad numbers offensively. I mentioned this during the game on the blog, but UNT shot 18.5 percent in the first half, which was the lowest shooting percentage anyone has posted in a half against MTSU since Denver shot 18.2 percent in the second half of a game back in February of 2007.
That’s a heck of a long time ago.
Head coach Tony Benford mentioned after the game that UNT really struggles without Jones because he is one of the few guys this team has who can create his own shot and get shots for the other guys on the floor.
Which brings us to what could be the really bad news. Turns out that Jones is going to meet with team doctors tomorrow, which is actually now later today, to see what the deal is with his right foot. I asked Benford if UNT’s staff has an inkling what the status of Jones will be. Benford did say that it might not be good.
UNT is already without Brandan Walton, which was the only legitimate perimeter shooter this team had in the first place with T.J. Taylor out for the year and Clarke Overlander still making the adjustment to the college level.
It just seems like UNT can catch a break this year.