Late-night hoops thoughts

UNT split its games on the hoops front tonight.

The UNT women picked up a really nice win at home, a 66-58 victory over UAB.

We’ll get to that.

But first, the UNT men had a tough go of it at Tulsa, getting worked over 94-63.

This one didn’t set up well for UNT. Tulsa had a seven-game home winning streak before losing to UAB in its last outing.

Tulsa took out its frustrations on UNT in pretty complete fashion.

Not so fun factoid for UNT — Tulsa’s 31-point margin of victory was its largest in a conference game since drilling Rice by 31 in 2008.

UNT has played well in its zone over the last 10 games or so, but was not nearly as effective against Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane shot 57.1 percent from the floor.

Tony Benford said after the game that he was happy with the way UNT played defensively on the opening shots of possessions, but was not pleased with the number of rebounds and second opportunities UNT gave up.

The 20 second-chance points UNT gave up were a season high.

UNT’s starting forwards Collin Voss and Keith Coleman combined for seven rebounds, including five by Voss. Kelvin Gaines played nine minutes and didn’t have a board.

UNT came into the night ranked 15th out of 16 teams in C-USA with a rebounding deficit in league play of minus-5.3.

Any reasonable person knew UNT was going to miss Tony Mitchell and Roger Franklin this season. Well, that margin (one that is going to grow substantially after tonight’s game) is another indication that is indeed the case.

Jordan Williams played really well with 21 points, while Brandan Walton came out of the depths of UNT’s bench to go for 15 on five 3s. Chris Jones had 11 and six assists.

UNT could really have used Maurice Aniefiok, but he was out for one game with a knee injury. He should be back next week.

UNT has pretty much put itself behind the eight-ball at 2-5 in league play. The Mean Green really needs to find a way to win at Rice, arguably the worst team in C-USA, this week.

And speaking of winning, that beings us to the UNT women.

Briesha Wynn hit a big 3 late with the Mean Green up one and UNT held on from there.

Wynn led UNT with 19 points, Alexis Hyder added 12 and the trio of Laura McCoy, Candice Adams and Acheil Tac each had nine.

UNT improved to 3-5 in league play and will have a chance to get something going in the next few days heading into the conference tournament.

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