Sunday afternoon hoops thoughts

The UNT men and women split their games last night. I covered the UNT men at Florida Atlantic and am on the way back to town.

To review:

– The UNT men continued their late-season tight rope walk, edging the Owls 78-76 after blowing another lead late. Jordan Williams had 19 on a really efficient 6-of-8 performance from the field to lead UNT. The Owls came from 10 down late and had a corner 3 to tie it in the final seconds go halfway down before coming out.

– The UNT women, meanwhile, suffered a somewhat surprising loss, falling at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane was going down the tubes faster than just about any team in the league with six straight losses before rebounding to hammer the Mean Green 63-43. Tulsa shot 56 percent in the second half. UNT had just beaten one of C-USA’s elite teams in UTEP.

As far as the men go, UNT has won three straight by two points and is still in position to make a run at a bye in the conference tournament. Tony Benford talked earlier in the year, when UNT was struggling, about how the schedule was going to come back around (translation — UNT was going to quit playing the good teams in C-USA and start playing the teams at the bottom of the standings). UNT has taken advantage of that situation and has climbed back over the .500 mark at 14-13. UNT is 5-8 in league play.

UNT has another game against a team it could beat this week when the Mean Green travels to UTSA. That will be a big game for UNT because it would put UNT two-games over .500 before it has to take on UTEP, one of the best teams in C-USA, and Tulsa, which curb-stomped the Mean Green earlier in the season. A win in San Antonio would assure UNT of finishing at least .500 in the regular season.

Winning the UTSA game would also give UNT its first win over the Roadrunners this year in the Big Three (football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball).

UNT lost the “North Texas Fans Wing Zone Green Kool-Aid Suicide Pact” game in football and then lost in womnen’s basketball as well. That loss in football wasn’t nearly as painful as it could have been because of the great season UNT had overall, but losing in all of the Big Three would be tough for UNT fans to take.

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