Benford declines comment on post-game incident

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North Texas men’s basketball coach Tony Benford declined to comment on what appeared to be a postgame incident following the Mean Green’s loss to Old Dominion at the Super Pit on Saturday.

ODU had just finished off a 70-57 win over UNT that snapped the Mean Green’s five-game winning streak.

UNT players left the court and were headed toward their locker room when shouting could be heard on the Super Pit floor coming from the hallway that leads to the Mean Green’s locker room and the postgame interview area.

UNT officials instructed arena security personnel to not allow anyone to leave through the exit that the Mean Green’s players had just used.

One UNT player was escorted out of the hallway and up the ramp toward an arena exit during the incident.

Several UNT fans inquired about what happened in the hallway after the game due to the fact shouting could be heard in the stands were fans were still seated.

It appeared as if all of UNT”s players and coaches eventually made their way to the locker room.

UNT coach Tony Benford declined comment when asked about the incident in his postgame news conference.

“I don’t have any comment about that,” Benford said when asked about what happened and how if there would be any ramifications going forward.

UNT has experienced issues with players controlling their emotions this season. Sophomore guard DeAndre Harris was ejected from games against UTEP and Charlotte and suspended indefinitely. He was later reinstated.

Emotions ran high in UNT’s loss to ODU in the Mean Green’s final home game of the season. Benford was warned by game officials after arguing that Colin Voss was fouled underneath the basket, but did not receive a technical foul.

UNT fell to 14-14 on the season and 8-8 in Conference USA play following its loss to ODU and will continue its season on Tuesday with a game at UTEP.

UNT-Old Dominion preview/running blog

It’s Senior Day here at the Super Pit for the UNT men’s basketball team, which will take on Old Dominion today.

The Mean Green are in the midst of their best stretch of basketball in the Tony Benford era and have won five straight. Pretty much everything has gone right for UNT in the last couple of weeks.

UNT’s run has lifted the Mean Green (14-13, 8-7) into a tie with Middle Tennessee for sixth in the Conference USA standings entering today’s games.

We’ll get to the conference race.

More importantly, the Mean Green, who will honor a host of really important players today. I can’t say enough about Jordan Williams and what he has done for the program. He is the ninth-leading scorer in school history with 1,468 points and was the foundation piece that helped Johnny Jones, Shawn Forrest and Charlie Leonard reload after taking UNT to just its third NCAA tournament appearance in school history and the second in Jones’ tenure a couple of years ago.

Chris Jones, Tony Mitchell and a host of key players followed. It didn’t work out for the group, but that was a heck of a recruiting haul that Williams helped spark.

Colin Voss has been a good two-year player and T.J. Taylor has also been a key piece, especially this year. Armani Flannigan has also had his moments and will be honored today.

The question now is if UNT can keep its momentum going after winning five straight. ODU is pretty good and is 21-6 overall, including a 10-5 mark in C-USA.

ODU took UNT to the woodshed in the teams’ first meeting this year, winning 61-50. UNT has a good win over UAB during its streak and also posted a dramatic comeback from 21 down to beat Middle Tennessee.

A win today would certainly help UNT.

Unfortunately for the Mean Green, the weather has really cut into the crowd. UNT had plans to bring in 2,000 local elementary students to today’s game, but had the group cancel.

Stay tuned. I will update the blog all night long.

4:30 — In a side note, MTSU and UAB are in double overtime. UNT and MTSU are tied for sixth in the C-USA standings.

Tipoff — UNT starters: TJ Taylor, Jordan Williams, Maurice Aniefiok, Jeremy Combs, Colin Voss.

15:55 — UNT is off to a quick 7-2 start. TJ Taylor and Maruice Aniefiok both have 3s. Trey Freeman just hit a jumper to put ODU on the board. That shot came after a questionable call under the UNT basket. It looked like Colin Voss drew a foul, but he didn’t get the call. Tony Benford was nearly T-ed up and was warned. He probably right that officials missed the call, which is why he didn’t get rung up.

11:50 — UNT is up 13-10 at the second media timeout of the first half. The Mean Green forced a turnover and will have the ball coming out of this timeout. Colin Voss has four points on a couple of very Colin Voss-like faceup jumpers. UNT is playing really well defensively early on.

10:34 — UNT is up 17-10 and has Jeremy Combs headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. TO ODU.

7:00 — UNT is up 28-20 at the third media timeout of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has 10 points to lead UNT, which is shooting 57 percent from the field. Colin Voss has six points for UNT. Trey Freeman is the only player scoring consistently for ODU and has nine points.

3:38 — UNT is up 32-23 late in the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has 10 points for UNT. Colin Voss just hit another jumper to put the Mean Green up nine. UNT is shooting 53 percent from the field. Trey Freeman has 12 for ODU and is keeping the Monarchs within striking distance.

1:22 — UNT is up 33-37 and just took its 30-second timeout. ODU had a good look at a 3 that would have made this a one-possession game, but missed it.

Halftime — UNT went cold late in the first half, but held strong on the defensive  end and is up 33-27 at the end of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has 10 points for UNT, despite going to the bench with 6:24 left in the half with three fouls. ODU finished with a 19-15 edge on the glass. UNT has scored 10 points at the free throw line.

15:58 — Welp, here comes ODU. The Monarchs are on a 9-0 run and have a 36-35 lead. Trey Freeman has ODU’s last four points and stuck a jumper from the free throw line to give the Monarchs their first lead. TO UNT. This will be a quick turnaround before the media timeout.

15:14 — Trey Freeman hit a layup after ODU came up with a steal on UNT’s last possession. The Monarchs are up 38-35. UNT will have the ball here. It’s dead quiet in the Super Pit at the moment. Maurice Aniefiok and Colin Voss have 10 points each. ODU has clamped down on UNT defensively in the early stages of the second half.

11:30 — UNT coughed up a 12-0 run early in the second half and was down by seven after Jordan Baker hit a 3 for ODU. T.J. Taylor answered with a 3 of his own just when UNT needed it. The Monarchs are up 45-41. Colin Voss has 12 points for UNT. ODU has shot the ball really well in the second half, going seven for 11.

7:54 — UNT is down 53-45 and just took a timeout. We will get a media timeout here right after this.

6:25 — UNT is down 53-45 at the media timeout. The Mean Green will be headed to the line, where Colin Voss will have two shots. That’s pretty much two guaranteed points. Colin Voss has 12 points, while Maurice Aniefiok has 10. He hasn’t scored since his quick start in the first half.

3:23 — UNT is down 60-53 and just turned the ball over on its last possession. Maurice Aniefiok hit a big 3 for UNT to get the Mean Green within five, but ODU answered with a beautiful backdoor cut for a layup. The way ODU plays defense could make this tough for UNT to come back from. Colin Voss has 14 for UNT.

2:53 — ODU picked up a steal and called a timeout to hang on to it as UNT dug for it. UNT trails 62-53.

1:08 — UNT is down 64-55 and just called a timeout. Trey Freeman has 22 points for ODU and is killing the Mean Green.

Final — ODU 70, UNT 57. I will be back later.

Chalk talk — Old Dominion at UNT

North Texas guard T.J. Taylor (21) looks for a chance an opening for a pass as Charlotte guard Keyshawn Woods defends during the Mean Green's win over the 49ers on Thursday at the Super Pit. UNT will face Old Dominion today.

Old Dominion at UNT

When: 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Super Pit

Radio: KHYI-FM 95.3

Records: UNT 14-13, 8-7 C-USA; Old Dominion 21-6, 10-5 C-USA

Last game: UNT 81, Charlotte 65

Projected UNT starting lineup:

PG: T.J. Taylor, 6-3, Sr. — 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds a game, 52 assists, 23 steals on the season. Taylor scored 11 points, handed out five assists and grabbed four steals in UNT’s win over Charlotte. He has scored in double figures in each of UNT’s last two games.

SG: Maurice Aniefiok, 6-5 Jr. — 7.8 points, 3.5 rebounds a game, 36 assists, 24 steals on the season. Aniefiok scored 15 points in UNT’s win over Charlotte, his first game in double figures since he scored 15 in a win over Rice on Jan. 31. He hit three 3s on the night.

SF: Jordan Williams, 6-6 Sr. — 15.7 points, 5.1 rebounds a game, 57 assists, 42 steals on the season. Williams scored 17 points in UNT’s win over Charlotte and grabbed at least five rebounds for the fifth straight game.

F: Jeremy Combs, 6-7, Fr. — 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds a game, shooting 55.9 percent from the field, but just 47.2 percent from the free-throw line. Combs scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in UNT’s win over Charlotte and hit four of his six shots from the field. Williams ranks ninth in UNT history with 1,468 points and will play his final home game today.

F: Colin Voss, 6-7, Sr. — 8.8 points, 6.1 rebounds a game, shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the line, 50 assists on the season. Voss scored just four points in UNT’s win over Charlotte and has 12 points in UNT’s last two games after scoring in double figures in four straight games.

Scouting Old Dominion:

Old Dominion posted a couple of impressive wins early in the season, beating VCU and LSU and appeared as if it might challenge for an at-large berth if it doesn’t win the Conference USA tournament, but dropped a series of games in the middle of the season that dented its resume. The Monarchs have since righted the ship and won three straight, including posting an impressive win over Louisiana Tech. ODU is now chasing a first-round bye in the C-USA tournament and will be motivated heading into a showdown between two if the hottest teams in the league.

Who’s hot:

Jordan Williams continued to shine at the end of his senior season, scoring 33 points in UNT’s last two games. Williams scored 17 points in UNT’s win over Charlotte after scoring 16 in a win over Florida International. UNT has only played two games all season in which Williams hasn’t scored in double figures. He has hit 11 of his last 23 shots from the field.

What you need to know:

UNT is on a roll unlike any since the program’s run of success under Johnny Jones, winning five straight games. That run has pushed the Mean Green up the C-USA standings and into a tie for sixth place with Middle Tennessee at 8-7. UNT also eked over the .500 mark overall at 14-13 with its win over Charlotte.

UNT has posted some impressive wins during its streak, including a victory over UAB.

Keeping that run going today will be a challenge against Old Dominion, one of the top teams in C-USA. The Monarchs have won three straight and rolled by the Mean Green 61-50 in the teams’ first meeting this season.

ODU features one of C-USA’s top guards in Trey Freeman, who is averaging 16.5 points a game, and are also one of the top defensive teams in the league. The Monarchs are allowing just 57.0 points a game.

UNT has found a way to pull through in a series of tight games throughout its winning streak, coming from 21 points down in its win over Middle Tennessee to win 57-56. The Mean Green also pulled out a 67-64 win over UAB.

Adding a win over ODU would be a big step for UNT, which will be looking to send a host of seniors out on a high note today, including Jordan Williams. The senior is one of the more productive overall players from a statistical standpoint in UNT history.

Williams ranks ninth in UNT history with 1,468 points and will look to lead the Mean Green to what would be a big win in the final home game for him Colin Voss, T.J. Taylor and Armani Flannigan.

Friday afternoon notes (Junior Day to be rescheduled, et cetera)

UNT has postponed its second junior day, which was to take place Saturday, due to poor weather conditions and will look to reschedule it during spring practice. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

I was assigned to write a post today on UNT traditions, which you can read here, and will have the regularly scheduled Chalk Talk blog up later tonight.

But there are a couple of other items of note I wanted to get to real quick, including the fact that UNT’s junior day that was scheduled for tomorrow has been called off due to the weather.

UNT’s plan is to reschedule the event for some time during spring practice. The Mean Green get going on March 10 with their spring game to follow on April 19.

Conference USA came out with a full list of spring practice and spring game dates for every team in the league today. UNT falls in line with pretty much every other team in the league in terms of its schedule.

Speaking of C-USA, the league hosted its annual indoor track and field championships this week. The UNT women finished fourth and the men fifth. Troy Taylor won the 3,000, Susie Kemper the mile and Shahaf Bareni the high jump for UNT, which generally fared well in the distance events.

UNT assistant Stefanie Slekis is doing a whiz-bang job coaching the distance events, where the Mean Green scored a lot of their points in the conference meet. She also led the Mean Green to a C-USA title in men’s cross country.

One has to wonder how long UNT will be able to hang on to her.

 

A look at traditions at UNT

North Texas has enjoyed some memorable moments over the last decade, from a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the end of the 2013 season to two trips to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament under former head coach Johnny Jones.

The opening of Apogee Stadium in 2011 is another highlight of the last few years.

During that time, UNT has extended a few traditions and added a few more.

Here is a look at a few of them:

1. Lighting the tower green

One of the longstanding traditions at North Texas is lighting the clock tower on the McConnell Administration Building green following wins. Students gather at the building after victories and watch as the tower is lit, signaling a win for the Mean Green.

2. Boomer, the cannon

Anyone who has been to a UNT football game will recognize this longstanding UNT tradition. The cannon is a replica of a civil war cannon and is maintained by the Talons, a UNT spirit group. The cannon is fired after UNT scores a touchdown and at the beginning of each half since 1970.

3. Singing “Glory to the Green”

UNT athletes and fans join in signing “Glory to the Green” after every game with their hands held up with Eagle Claw talons sign.

Singing glory to the green, singing glory to the white,

For we know our university is striving for the right;

Down the corridor of years, we’ll forget the joys and tears,

But North Texas, North Texas, we love!

4. Players touching Spiriki on their way to the field

North Texas players touch the statue Spiriki, an eagle statue on their way to the field. Touching the statue is a recent UNT tradition.

For more than 50 years, the Geezles were a prominent fraternity on UNT’s campus. The group was dedicated to promoting school spirit and included several athletes, including UNT Hall of Famers C. Dan Smith and legendary Celina coach G.A. Moore. The group died out in the 1970s, but its members remained active supporters of UNT athletics. The group raised money before construction of Apogee Stadium began to create a monument to their organization and paid noted sculptor Kent Ullberg $100,000 to create Spiriki, an eagle statue that sits in the players’ entrance to the field. The name of the statue is an old fraternity saying that is a combination of the world “spirit” and “kee,” the cry of an attacking eagle. UNT’s players touch the statue on their way to the field and pledge to give their best efforts that day.

Late night hoops rewind: UNT 81, Charlotte 65

George Dunham and his family watch a tribute video at halftime of the North Texas men's basketball game against Charlotte. Dunham is retiring as the play-by-play announcer for KNTU after 25 years of calling games for the Mean Green Radio Network. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Final: UNT 81, Charlotte 65

Where UNT stands: UNT moved over the .500 mark for the first time in 2015, improving to 14-13 overall after winning its fifth straight game. The Mean Green are also over .500 in Conference USA play at 8-7.

Now what?: UNT will host Old Dominion in its home finale on Saturday in a rare afternoon game at 4:30 at the Super Pit.

Star of the day: Jordan Williams continued to shine while finishing with 17 points, part of a solid stat line that saw him hit seven of his 11 shots from the field, including three of his four 3-point attempts. The senior also finished with five rebounds and an assist without turning the ball over in 32 minutes. UNT had four players finish in double figures. DeAndre Harris also finished with 17 points, while Maurice Aniefiok added 15 points and T.J. Taylor 11.

Say what?

“I told George, ‘This is a lot of pressure. We have to win tonight.’ George has been great to me since I have been here. He believes in the green and has always been very supportive. We wanted to send him out on a winning note.”

– Tony Benford, UNT coach on having his team on the floor for George Dunham’s final UNT radio broadcast.

Our take: UNT came through with one of its best performances of the season on a big night in program history, the final broadcast of George Dunham’s 25 years as the Mean Green’s play-by-play voice.

UNT never trailed in its 81-65 win over Charlotte and ended up shooting 54.2 percent (32 of 59) from the field. Four UNT players finished in double figures, including Jordan Williams and DeAndre Harris, who both scored 17 points.

The game marked a dramatic turn from earlier in the season, when the 49ers blasted UNT 73-57 in Charlotte.

The 49ers came into the game as the highest scoring team in Conference USA with an average of 73.7  points a game. UNT set the tone with a 12-2 burst to start the game. The Mean Green pushed their lead to 17 and weathered the storm late in the first half when Charlotte got back within seven.

The win and UNT’s run late in the season were vital because they left the Mean Green in good position for a tough series of three games to close the regular season, beginning with a game at home against Old Dominion on Saturday

UNT is in a tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings with Middle Tennessee and still has games against two of the elite teams in the league in ODU (10-5) and UTEP (11-4) in addition to another tough game at UTSA (7-8).

UNT is in a much better position heading into that series following another confidence-building win over Charlotte.

UNT-Charlotte preview/running blog

UNT will take on Charlotte here tonight at the Super Pit. We went over the matchup yesterday in our regularly scheduled Chalk Talk post.

The big story of the day is that this is George Dunham’s last call on the Mean Green Radio Network.

Dunham has called games at UNT for 25 years. There are a bunch of local DFW TV and radio people on hand tonight. The Hardline did its show from the Super Pit this afternoon.

What has kind of been lost along the way is that this is a pretty big games for UNT late in the season. The Mean Green have won four straight to get to 13-13 overall and 7-7 in Conference USA play.

UNT would really like to continue climbing the conference standings before the C-USA tournament next month. Tonight’s game against Charlotte is arguably the easiest of the Mean Green’s remaining contests.

It seems a little odd to say that. Charlotte took UNT to the woodshed earlier this season and has one of the best point guards in the league in Pierria Henry, not to mention one of the best freshmen in shooting guard Torin Dorn. The loss of coach Alan Major to a medical leave of absence certainly didn’t help and was likely a factor in Charlotte just not putting it together this year.

The key tonight for UNT will be containing Henry, who torched the Mean Green for 21 points in the first meeting.

UNT forward Colin Voss has been on fire of late, scoring a career-high 22 points in a win over Florida Atlantic, handing out six assists and grabbing 13 rebounds in a win over Florida International.

Jordan Williams has also been playing well of late and leads UNT with an average of 15.6 points a game.

Stay tuned. I will update the blog all night.

Tipoff — UNT’s starters are Jordan Williams, Colin Voss, T.J. Taylor, Maurice Aniefiok and Jeremy Combs.

Tipoff II — Regular attendance is pretty light tonight, but the students have turned out. This could be the biggest student section of the year. There are at least two sororities with a couple dozen members here each.

16:41 — UNT is off to a great start and leads 12-2. The really odd part is that Pierria Henry, Charlotte’s best player, is on the bench. Maurice Aniefiok has eight points for UNT.

14:56 — UNT is up 14-7 at the first media timeout of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has eight points for the Mean Green, who have hit six of their first seven shots of the night.

10:47 — UNT went on a 9-0 run after Charlotte pulled to within five and is now up 25-11. Maurice Aniefiok still has eight points to lead UNT, which has four other players who have scored at least four points each.

7:55 — UNT is up 30-14 past the midway point of the first half. The Mean Green are shooting a remarkable 81 percent from the field in one of their better halves of the season. Maurice Aniefiok has hit all four shots he has taken and has 11 points.

6:03 — UNT is up 30-18 and just took a quick timeout after Charlotte scored five straight points.

3:54 — Charlotte has pulled to within 30-21 and has been on a bit of a run since Pierria Henry came into the game. The 49ers are on an 8-0 run. UNT has cooled off since a shot start. Maurice Aniefiok has 11 points to pace UNT.

1:06 — Charlotte pulled to within seven at 31-24, but UNT is on a 10-2 run and is back up 41-26.

Halftime — UNT is up 41-28 after one of its best halves of the season offensively. Charlotte went on a run and got back within seven at 31-24, but UNT wetn on a 10-2 run. Jordan Williams has 12 points and Maurice Aniefiok 11 for UNT. The Mean Green shot 63 percent in the first half.

Halftime II — In a side note, Colin Voss has four assists and no turnovers after the first half.

14:24 — UNT is back up 49-34 early in the second half. Charlotte might have punted the game by sitting Pierria Henry for the first five minutes of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points for UNT, while Maurice Aniefiok has 11. UNT scored the last four points before the first timeout of the second half.

13:39 — UNT is on a 7-0 run and appears to have put this one away. The Mean Green are up 52-34. DeAndre Harris just hit an NBA 3 and has 10 points now to give UNT three players in double figures. Jordan Williams has 14 points to lead the Mean Green.

11:07 — UNT is cruising now and has a 56-38 lead as we close in on the halfway point of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points and Maurice Aniefiok 13 for UNT. Armani Flannigan is headed to the line.

7:54 — UNT is up 62-46 at the third media timeout of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points to lead three Mean Green players in double figures. Charlotte hasn’t been able to string together enough buckets to get back into the game.

4:19 — UNT is up 68-51 late in the second half. UNT took a quick timeout after Charlotte jumped into a press.

3:55 — UNT has a 68-51 lead at the final media timeout. Jordan Williams has 14 points and Maurice Aniefiok 13 for the Mean Green.

2:20 — UNT is up 75-55 and just took a timeout after Jordan Williams ended up on the floor in the backcourt with nowhere to go with the ball. Jordan Williams has 17 points for UNT.

Final — UNT wins 81-65 in George Dunham’s final game on the Mean Green Radio Network. I will be back later with tonight’s rewind.

Will UNT have an All-C-USA pick in hoops this year?

UNT guard Jordan Williams, right, and Colin Voss are two players who could have a chance to make the All-Conference USA team this season. UNT freshman forward Jeremy Combs could also have a chance and is a leading contender for Freshman of the Year honors in the league. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

It’s getting to be that time of the year when coaches and media types start to consider the end of the season, and with it all-conference teams.

Conference USA names a team like every league does. C-USA writers — the regulars who write for newspapers that cover the league on a regular basis — name a team as well.

Which brings us to the question: Does UNT land a player on the team this season?

UNT didn’t have a player on the first, second or third teams last season on the men’s team named by C-USA and didn’t have a player selected among the 16 named to the women’s team, either.

Needless to say, it was a tough year for the Mean Green.

UNT also didn’t have a player named to the league’s preseason all-conference men’s or women’s team.

Long story short — it’s been a long time since a UNT player was considered among the league’s elite players.

The question now is if Jordan Williams or Colin Voss will end that drought and if Jeremy Combs can claim Freshman of the Year honors in the league. Heading into tonight’s game against Charlotte at the Super Pit, Williams ranks seventh in league with an average of 15.6 points a game.

Benford said Williams should be a lock for first-team honors, which might be a bit of a stretch.

Voss is averaging 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds a game while Combs is averaging 9.9 points a game and ranks 10th in the league at 6.7 rebounds a game.

Williams will be an all-conference pick this year and break UNT’s drought. The question is where he will land.

The problem is that there are a host of good guards in the league that are all but sure to knock Williams off the first team. Western Kentucky’s T.J. Price leads the league at 17.7 points a game, while Old Dominion’s Trey Freeman is putting up 16.5 points a game.

Kenneth “Speedy” Smith is pretty close to a lock as the C-USA leader in assists (7.6) in addition to ranking third in steals (1.8) to go along with scoring 5.3 points a game for Louisiana Tech, one of C-USA’s best teams. Smith’s teammate Alex Hamilton is also a good bet for all-conference honors due to the fact he averages 15.9 points a game.

Playing for a team at the top of the league standings is a factor. UNT is in the middle of the league at 7-7 entering tonight’s game.

Voss has a shot, but he’s pretty far down the list of frontcourt players behind Vince Hunter (UTEP), Seth Gearhart (Rice), George Fant (WKU) and a host of others. An average of 9.0 points a game might not be enough.

Combs has a really good case for being Freshman of the Year while averaging 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. He’s in a tight race with Charlotte’s Torin Dorn, the leading scorer among freshmen in C-USA at 11.8 points a game.

Tonight’s game could help Combs’ cause in a head-to-head matchup with Dorn.

The UNT women have struggled all year and are in danger of being shut out. Briesha Wynn is averaging 11.0 points a game to rank 23rd in the league, while BreAnna Dawkins is tied for 29th at 10.5 points a game.

UNT has struggled all year and might have a hard time landing a player on the team as it struggles to finish in the top 12 to earn a spot in the conference tournament.

Basketball notes (Dunham’s last game, big game for UNT women)

Dunham

Both the UNT men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action tomorrow. We went over the matchup for the UNT men in their game against Charlotte tomorrow in our regularly scheduled Chalk Talk post.

The UNT women will also face Charlotte tomorrow in another big game on the road. We’ll get to that, but first, the big story tomorrow is George Dunham’s final game as the voice of the Mean Green.

I wrote a pretty extensive story for tomorrow’s paper on Dunham’s departure, but I wanted to get to a couple of thoughts as well.

UNT deputy athletic director Hank Dickenson, who has been Dunham’s radio partner forever, told me something that stuck with me. Dickenson said that Dunham and his family fully endorsed and supported whatever UNT has done through the years.

Is there be anything better that can be said of a booster/school official?

Dunham has been a spokesman for UNT through the good and the bad and taken plenty of grief during the later. There would have been plenty of times when it would have been easy to bail over the years. He never did.

And he never will.

Dunham will continue bleed green until the day he dies. And he’ll be involved with the program right up until that point.

UNT has been lucky to have him. One just hopes his big day when he makes his curtain call goes well.

And don’t look now, but the UNT women have won two straight and are in position to make the Conference USA tournament heading into their game at Charlotte tonight. UNT is 4-10 in conference play and has a one-game lead on Rice for the final C-USA tournament berth.

BreAnna Dawkins averaged 22.5 points in two wins last week and will look to keep her run and her team’s surge going against the 49ers, who are 7-7 in league play.

Chalk talk — Charlotte at UNT

Charlotte at UNT

When: 7 pm. Thursday

Where: The Super Pit

Radio:  KTCK-AM 1310, KHYI-FM 95.3

Records: UNT 13-13, 7-7 C-USA; Charlotte 12-15, 5-9 C-USA

Last game: UNT 70, Florida International 56

Projected UNT starting lineup:

PG: T.J. Taylor, 6-3, Sr. — 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds a game, 47 assists, 19 steals on the season. Taylor scored a season-high 18 points in one of his best all-around performances of the season in UNT’s win over FIU. Taylor didn’t turn the ball over in 32 minutes against the Golden Panthers.

SG: Maurice Aniefiok, 6-5 Jr. — 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds a game, 33 assists, 24 steals on the season. Aniefiok scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and picked up two steals in UNT’s win over FIU.

SF: Jordan Williams, 6-6 Sr. — 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds a game, 56 assists, 42 steals on the season. Williams bounced back from an off night in a win over Florida Atlantic when he scored nine points and failed to reach double figures for just the second time all season by scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in a win over FIU.

F: Jeremy Combs, 6-7, Fr. — 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds a game, shooting 55.6 percent from the field, but just 47.1 percent from the free-throw line. Combs scored 10 points in UNT’s win over FIU and finished in double figures for the second straight game. He has hit 11 of his 19 field goal attempts in UNT’s last two games.

F: Colin Voss, 6-7, Sr. — 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds a game, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 79.7 percent from the line, 46 assists on the season. Voss had a great all-around game in UNT’s win over FIU, scoring eight points to go along with 13 rebounds and six assists. He has hit all 16 of his free throw attempts in UNT’s last three games.

Scouting Charlotte:

Charlotte has been playing well of late and has won two of its last three games with its one loss in that span coming by one point in overtime to C-USA power Louisiana Tech. The 49ers lead the league in scoring with an average of 73.7 points a game behind a balanced attack that features seven players who average at least 8.2 points a game. Guard Torin Dorn is averaging 11.8 points a game and might be the top competition for UNT forward Jeremy Combs for Freshman of the Year honors in C-USA. Pierria Henry is among the top point guards in C-USA and is averaging 9.9 points, 5.8 assists and 5.1 rebounds a game.

Who’s hot:

Colin Voss is playing as well as any forward in C-USA in the final stretch of the season. He scored a career-high 22 points last week in a win over Florida Atlantic and came back to post career-highs in both rebounds (13) and assist (six) in a win over Florida International.

What you need to know:

UNT felt like it gave away its last game against Charlotte and is out for revenge today. The Mean Green led by four at halftime before combustible guard DeAndre Harris picked up two second half technical fouls and was tossed for the second time this season. Colin Voss was also called for a technical during UNT’s second half meltdown in a 73-57 loss.

The Mean Green are hoping to win today to split its season series with the 49ers and continue to move up in what is a tight race at the middle of the C-USA pack. UNT is currently in a three-way tie for seventh in the standings with Rice and UTSA at 7-7, a half game back of Middle Tennessee (8-7) and a game ahead of FIU (6-8).

Today’s game looks like the most winnable game left on the schedule for UNT, which will host Old Dominion, a team that has won 20 games and beat the Mean Green handily earlier this season. UNT will then face league power UTEP on the road before finishing up the regular season at UTSA. Both the Miners and Roadrunners beat the Mean Green by double figures at the Super Pit earlier this year. Even after winning two straight on the road, the Mean Green are still a mediocre 3-8 on the road.

The main story line for today’s game might not even be the game itself. Longtime UNT radio play-by-play man George Dunham is retiring after 25 years and will call his final game when the Mean Green take on the 49ers.

UNT coach Tony Benford said the Mean Green will be looking to send Dunham out on a high note.