The All-Conference USA men’s basketball team came out today.
UNT did not have a player selected.
One could make a pretty good case for Jordan Williams, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game.
Like I mentioned yesterday when the women’s team came out — To the victors go the spoils (in this case, the all-conference honors).
The UNT women were shut out as well, despite having a couple of good candidates in Alexis Hyder and Briesha Wynn.
Full disclosure — I am a media voter for the men’s team, but not the women’s. We cover the UNT men’s team at home and on the road in conference play.
Seeing UNT shut out completely sent me hunting through the record books to see when was the last time neither team had a player named to an all-conference team.
It was all the way back in 1997 when UNT was in the Big West. The UNT women finished 5-21, while the UNT men went 10-16 that year.
Now to be fair, this is UNT’s first season in Conference USA. The level of competition has increased and so has the size of the league UNT is competing in. The Sun Belt had 11 teams in UNT’s last season as a member of the conference. Conference USA has 16 teams this year.
Being completely shut out is pretty stunning though.
The only other team in C-USA who didn’t have a player selected for either the men’s or women’s team was UNT’s in-state rival UTSA.