Men's basketball: UNT-UTA series may be in jeopardy

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North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal and men’s basketball coach Tony Benford said Wednesday night that they want to continue the program’s series with Texas-Arlington, although fitting the game into next season’s schedule could be problematic.

UNT is playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which will have the Mean Green playing at Oklahoma and three additional games in Portland, Ore. UNT also has a game scheduled at Texas A&M.

Those commitments and a full slate of Conference USA games could leave UNT with more road games than home games if UNT plays at UTA’s new College Park Center. The teams played at UNT last season.

Benford said that UNT would like to move the final game in its contract with UTA back a season if the game cannot be scheduled this year.

“We have not finalized anything,” Benford said. “If they don’t agree to move it, then we will buy it out.”

Villarreal said that UNT is still working on its schedule and that he would like the series that began in 1974 to continue. UNT leads the all-time series 30-23.

“I have always been a proponent of playing them,” Villarreal said. “I would love to see a tournament where UNT, SMU, TCU and UTA are all playing. It would create a lot of attention.”


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