UNT-WKU thoughts

Welp, that didn’t go well.

I caught some sleep and am back with some thoughts on the UNT-Western Kentucky doubleheader.

The UNT women had a chance to jump into a tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference West Division with Arkansas State with a win over WKU, thanks to Middle Tennessee hammering ASU right before UNT’s game against the Hilltoppers tipped off.

UNT lost 76-62. Here’s the story from today’s paper

The UNT men are just trying to find a way to win after finding out that Jacob Holmen and Justin Patton have given up basketball due to injury. UNT got off to a great start, but struggled down the stretch.

UNT lost 70-59. Here’s the story from today’s paper

Let’s start with the men. UNT has lost five straight, its longest losing streak since the 2008-09 season. That was a long, long time ago.

UNT has just five guys who play much and no bench at all. Tony Mitchell played really well early, but got into foul trouble and everything went downhill from there. Tony Benford talked about finding a way to win with what UNT has left after the game.

That is going to be tough to do with only four guys who can score.

It doesn’t look like there are any reinforcements on the way, which makes the situation look particularly bad.

CBSSportsline named UNT one of the country’s most disappointing teams yesterday.

As far as the women’s game goes, it was pretty clear UNT was going to be in for a tough game from the jump. UNT lost to WKU in Bowling Green earlier in the year in a game that went down to the wire.

WKU is one of the better teams in the Sun Belt.

UNT had plenty of reasons to be ready to go. UNT was coming off a huge win over Arkansas State. Middle Tennessee did UNT a huge favor by hammering the Red Wolves early Thursday.

That gave UNT a chance to move into a tie for the Sun Belt West Division lead with a win over WKU.

UNT didn’t play well with so much on the line.

That was a surprise to UNT’s players and head coach Mike Petersem.

“It was our worst effort of the year, and that is not to take anything away from Western Kentucky,” Petersen said. “They played very hard. I thought we got outworked. I thought we got outplayed. I thought we got outcoached. We got taken out behind the woodshed.

“It was very surprising.”

What was tough about the way it all played out for UNT was that the game was broadcast live on TXA 21.

The UNT women have a good chance to come back and run down ASU in the division.

Petersen pointed out that nothing was decided last night. He’s right.

UNT just let an opportunity to make the situation better with a better performance against WKU.

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