UNT is about to tip off its game against Creighton here at the Super Pit in a rare Sunday game. We are here to do a little blogging along the way.
The fans are starting to filter in. The big question is if Creighton fans will outnumber UNT fans. It looks like it is going to be close.
Which brings us to the game, where the question is — Will it be close?
Creighton is good. Really good.
This was a highly anticipated game a couple of years ago, when UNT was coming off its sixth straight winning season, a run that included two NCAA bids and five 20-win seasons. Creighton whacked UNT 71-51 and UNT was never the same, which was the topic of our advance in today’s paper.
The other interesting aspect of this one is that Jordan Williams was high school teammates with Creighton’s star player Austin Chatman.
As far as the game goes, UNT is going to be out-manned inside, where Creighton has legit Big East size. It will interesting to see how Jeremy Combs, UNT’s emerging freshman forward handles playing a host of guys who are a whole lot bigger than he is.
Creighton also has a bunch of good guards who can shoot it, which could pose problems for UNT. The Mean Green have gone to a zone almost exclusively this year.
Tipoff — It looks like Maurice Aniefiok will play today. That will help matters.
Tipoff II — There’s a group of Creighton fans behind me with an Austin No. 1 sign.
Tipoff III — Maurice Anfiok and Jeremy Combs are starting.
15:50 — UNT is up 6-3 at the first media timeout of the first half. UNT has six rebounds already. Creighton is getting some good looks against UNT’s zone, but can’t get anything to fall. The Bluejays are 1-for-6 from the field.
10:45 — UNT is up 14-5 as we head toward the halfway point of the first half. UNT is playing really well defensively. Creighton is 2-for-12 from the field.
10:09 — UNT is still up 14-5 at the second media timeout of the first half. Jordan Williams has six points for UNT. Creighton is 2-for-13 from the field and 1-for-9 from 3-point range. Jordan Williams has six points for UNT.
7:31 — UNT has a 17-10 lead as we get into the later parts of the first half. UNT has been playing well defensively. Creighton can’t get anything to drop. Jordan Williams has six points for UNT. The Bluejays are 2-for-11 from 3-point range.
3:39 — UNT is starting to make this look like a blowout. Maurice Aniefiok has hit a couple of 3s and the Mean Green are up 25-12. Creighton is 2-for-14 from 3-point range and 5-for-20 from the field. Aniefiok has eight points for UNT.
Halftime — We have reached halftime with UNT up 35-18. That was one of the best halves UNT has played in a long time. Maurice Aniefiok and Colin Voss both have eight points for UNT. Creighton had a terrible half shooting. UNT’s defense had something to do with that. The Bluejays shot 29.2 percent from the field and hit just two of their 14 3-point attempts.
19:18 — Creighton has come out of the gate with three quick points to pull within 35-21. UNT has taken a quick timeout. UNT turned it over on one of its early possession., Creighton missed a free throw, which helped UNT’s cause there a bit.
15:56 — UNT has pushed its lead to 46-24 early in the second half and is headed to the line for a pair of free throws. Colin Voss has 12 points and Jordan Williams 11 for UNT. Creighton isn’t getting anything good against UNT’s defense.
13:30 — Creighton has scored five straight to cut what was a 25-point deficit to 51-29.
11:40 — Creighton has scored seven straight. UNT is up 51-31. It would take an epic collapse for UNT to let this get away. Colin Voss has 12 points and Jordan Williams 11 for UNT. Creighton is 4-for-22 from 3-point range.
7:57 — Creighton went on a 13-0 run and is now within 53-39. UNT is still in great position. Creighton needs everything to fall at this point and missed a couple of shots that would have made things more interesting. Colin Voss has 14 points and Jordan Williams 11 for UNT.
3:53 — UNT is up 55-44 at the final media timeout. The Mean Green have made a couple of key stops late when it looked like Creighton might grab control of the game. Colin Voss has 16 points for UNT and has made a series of huge shots for the Mean Green.
3:28 — Creighton just hit a 3 from the corner after DeAndre Harris was called for a charge. It’s 55-47 UNT.
2:44 — It’s 57-49 UNT. TJ Taylor was just called for traveling. Officials are looking at video to see if he threw an elbow.
1:11 — UNT is hanging on to a 57-55 lead after Creighton hit back-to-back 3s, including one off a turnover.
24.5 — TJ Taylor hit one of two free throws to put UNT up 3. Creighton missed two from deep on its last possession. UNT ball. UNT 58-55.
24.5 — UNT just turned the ball over when Maurice Aniefiok stepped over the baseline.
24.5 — Creighton called a timeout after seeing how UNT set up defensively.
12.7 — Creighton missed a corner 3 and TJ Taylor hit a pair of free throws. UNT is going to pull this out. This will be arguably the Mean Green’s biggest win of the Tony Benford era, up there with a win at Texas Tech last year.
Final — UNT hangs on 62-58.
14:59 women’s game — UNT is down 5-2 at the first media timeout of the first half. Acheil Tac has UNT’s only bucket so far.
13:11 — UTA is up 9-2. UNT has called a timeout. UNT has missed all nine of its shots from the field.
11:50 — UNT has pulled to within 9-7 at the second media timeout of the first half. Kasiney Williams hit a big 3 to get UNT going.
3:31 — UNT is down 23-13 at the final media timeout of the first half. The Mean Green are still struggling offensively.
15:41 second half — UNT is down 28-20 in the second half. I ducked out there to work on my UNT-Creighton men’s story.
13:17 — Kasiney Williams just hit a 3 to pull UNT to within 30-23.
11:51 — UNT is down 33-25 as we head toward the halfway point of the second half. Williams has eight points for UNT.
6:50 — UNT has closed to within 35-28 in the second half here at the Super Pit. Briesha Wynn has nine points for the Mean Green.
1:26 — UNT is down 41-35 and just called a timeout.
Final — UNT falls to UTA 46-38. I will be back later.