Thoughts on UNT-FIU doubleheader

It was another split decision for the UNT basketball teams. This time the UNT women won at Florida International, while the UNT men lost.

In one of the more baffling games I’ve seen in a while, the UNT men played well early, disappeared for about a half, came back from down 18 to get within four and then lost 70-64.

Did I mention Tony Mitchell didn’t score and only took three shots?

Tony Benford talked about trying to convince Mitchell to be more aggressive. FIU played zone and was sure to not allow Mitchell to get the ball anywhere close to where he wants it.

That left Roger Franklin free to be aggressive offensively. He responded with 29 points.

That’s great.

Bottom line, UNT has a great player in Mitchell.

UNT. Has. To. Get. Mitchell. Shots.

Yeah, UNT lacks outside shooting. Teams play zones.

He has to get shots.

What I found even more troublesome was that Benford and Franklin talked about UNT lacking the intensity it needed most of the night. UNT isn’t going anywhere if it can’t find the motivation to play hard.

Which brings us to the UNT women, who are playing hard.

UNT has won five straight after UNT beat FIU 70-68, prompting a fist pump and jump off the bench from Mike Petersen.

It’s a big win for UNT.

Alexis Hyder had a career-high 20, while Loryn Goodwin had a career-high 19.

Hyder scored all but one of her points in the second half. Hannah Christian, who was out tonight, made sure to remind Hyder to mention their halftime chat after the game. Christian told Hyder to be more aggressive in the second half.

UNT also held Jerica Coley to 15 on 6-of-18 shooting. Coley came in averaging 23.8 for FIU.

UNT is starting to look like a real threat to make a run at the Sun Belt tourney title.