I made it back to Denton after the Mean Green saw its tailspin continue in a 67-53 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock last night.
UNT was up five at halftime and then completely fell apart.
The Mean Green gave up 40 points in the second half to a team that was averaging 68.1 points on the season.
And that was just part of the problem, the part that UNT’s coaches and players talked most about after the game.
What also hurt was that UNT couldn’t score in the second half, when it posted 21 points and went on a really bad drought. UNT went 1-for-6 with four turnovers in a span of 7:22. UNT went from up six to down 10 in that span. UNT’s one make in that period was a long bank jumper from Keith Coleman with the shot clock running out.
Coleman shooting a wing jumper has to be Option No. 752 on UNT’s wish list offensively.
The official shot chart had UNT with two makes in the paint in the second half. Two.
UNT had eight buckets in the paint in the first half.
UNT didn’t get good shots when it needed them.
Some of the problem seemed to be that UNT flat ran out of gas on a night it has just seven scholarship players, and eight overall, available. Justin Patton’s knee acted up. It’s doubtful he will play tomorrow when UNT hosts South Alabama.
It’s not going to be easy for UNT to turn this around.
USA is 5-2 in Sun Belt play. After taking on the Jaguars, UNT has the Florida road swing next week followed by home games against Middle Tennessee, maybe the best team in the Sun Belt, and another game against UALR.