Tuesday afternoon notes (La. Tech to make push for hoops tourney)

We are in a bit of a lull when it comes to the UNT sports schedule early this week.

But, as always, there are a few items of interest out there:

First off, the question of where the Conference USA basketball tournament will be down the line came up today.

Louisiana Tech, where the UNT men lost this week, is thinking about making a bid to host at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.

The tournament is in El Paso this year.

The conference basketball tournament was a hot topic of conversation in the Sun Belt, which had it move from host school to host school before heading to Hot Springs for a few years, resulting in the unfortunate “Hot Hoops, Hot Springs” commercials.

I was skeptical at first, but it ended up being a good place for the event.

UNT has the facilities to host with the Super Pit.

UNT did host the Sun Belt tournament in 2004-05 and did a fine job. The problem was UNT had yet to reach the height of its run under Johnny Jones and the UNT women ran into Middle Tennessee in their first game. Both UNT teams were bounced right off the bat, which made for a pretty dead tournament.

It will be interesting to see the direction C-USA goes down the line.

On the basketball front, the UNT men face Old Dominion and East Carolina this week at the Super Pit. That will give the Mean Green the added challenge of facing two of the top five scorers in C-USA.

OSU’s Aaron Bacote ranks fifth at 16.5 points a game, while East Carolina’s Akeem Richmond is second at 18.8 points a game.

UNT hasn’t had many individual players go for huge nights, but has struggled of late defensively. UNT has given up at least 90 points in two of its last four games and is tied for 15th out of 16 teams in C-USA with an average of 74.3 points allowed a game on the season. UNT also ranks 15th in scoring defense in league play at 75.8 points a game.

UNT has lost four straight. If the Mean Green can’t knock off ODU on Thursday, its five-game skid would match the longest of the Tony Benford era.

The UNT women have won two of three, but will be in for a big challenge this week with games against East Carolina (20-3) and UTEP (19-4).

Middle Tennessee is arguably the best team out there in C-USA women’s basketball, but ECU and UTEP are not far behind.

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