Thoughts on the UNT men’s basketball team’s schedule

UNT put out its men’s basketball schedule today. Ok, a least some of it.

The Conference USA slate is out (check the bottom of the blog) and so are a few nonconference games — Nov. 12 at Oklahoma in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the rest of the tournament slate against Idaho, Columbia and then Portland — the host team — beginning Nov. 21. The schedule continues Dec. 4 at BYU and Dec. 31 at Texas A&M.

My initial thought — That series of games against Idaho, Columbia and Portland are going to loom pretty large.

Idaho was 12-18, Columbia 12-16 and Portland 11-21 last season. Those are games UNT is going to need because OU, A&M and BYU are going to be tough on the road.

We don’t know what the rest of the schedule will look like, but UNT could really use some early momentum and a solid record heading into C-USA. The teams UNT will face in its new league will be an upgrade from what UNT saw in the Sun Belt. And the Mean Green struggled in the Belt last year.

There are some holes to fill in around what UNT has now. The games UNT adds could make the schedule pretty tough.

We will just have to see what UNT decides to do.

While both games will be a challenge, playing at Oklahoma and at A&M will be good for UNT in terms of exposure in the region and in terms of travel for fans who want to get to a few games on the road this year.

UNT C-USA slate
Jan. 9 — Southern Miss
Jan. 11 — Tulane
Jan. 16 — at Marshall
Jan. 18 — at Charlotte
Jan. 23 — UAB
Jan. 25 — MTSU
Feb. 1 — at Tulsa
Feb. 6 — at Rice
Feb. 8 — at Louisiana Tech
Feb. 13 — Old Dominion
Feb. 15 — East Carolina
Feb. 20 — at Florida International
Feb. 22 — at Florida Atlantic
Feb. 27 — at UTSA
March 2 — UTEP
March 6 — Tulsa
March 12-15 — Conference USA Tournament, El Paso