We would have looked more competitive with Klein, Okada (mid), Sheppard (def) but we always struggle against Big12 or Power teams. As echoe by Travis’ and previous post-season posts.
Okada was on bench with lower leg injury. Sheppard had leg wrapped. These upper tier games are crucial for top 25 votes which come into play at season end. NCAA tournament seeding makes or breaks a post season run. For UNT, that first elusive win.
We tend to have two playing styles. Play downhill against equal or lower tier teams equating to 30+ shots and many many wins. Upper tier game plan: flood midfield with players, one up top, hunker down on D, long ball counter attack, pray for set pcs/corner kicks, switch to 2-3 forwards last 15min. Not that this is a terrible way to go about things against stronger teams but we’ve had athleticism and talent on our side for the last 5-6 years if not longer. Would be nice to see these UNT players get a chance to go toe to toe. I honestly think we can can compete. Tufts, Drenowatz, Klein, Byrd can hold their own on offense.
OU up next. They are a different team than last yr. Strong freshman recruiting class and equally impressive transfers. Level of game we go toe to toe! GMG!!