About a year ago now, I pondered the prospect of UNT having to replace Tony Mitchell and Roger Franklin — a pair of pretty good post players — on the blog.
It was an interesting exercise that pretty much came down to one point: It’s dangerous to expect a whole lot from newcomers in the post, judging by UNT history.
I bring it up now because UNT will face Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Tuesday and really needs those newcomers to play big against Rice’s big guy Sean Obi.
The big freshman from Rice is averaging 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.
UNT has had some solid games out of its newcomers. Colin Voss has played really well at times. Armani Flannigan has come on a bit lately and Kelvin Gaines has also had his moments.
There is little doubt that Obi has been the best of the bunch on both teams.
Tony Benford spoke very highly of Obi.
Voss is averaging 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Flannigan is averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds a game.
UNT will need a big night from both against Rice.