So, after last night’s third consecutive loss after establishing a comfortable halftime lead against a good team on the road, we can now look ahead to future opportunities for wins.
Forget last year’s 13-2 start and the rankings or where we place on mid-major polls or whatever. This team just needs a few confidence-building games to regain last-year’s swagger, stack up some W’s and gain some momentum in the 7 remaining non-conference games. This week should be a good chance to do that. We get home games vs. NAIA member University of St. Francis, Mount St. Mary’s (1-3 with an overtime win over George Mason and double-digit losses to West Virginia, Minnesota and Iowa State) and a then things get a lot tougher. Road games at Fordham, Texas and North Texas complete the schedule through December 3. North Texas has played only two games so far, with an 8-point win over Sul Ross and losing 70-43 at Texas Tech. Texas is 3-0 after a close 78-73 win over Incarnate Word, and easy double-digit victories over Louisiana Monroe and Eastern Washington. Fordham, who played in UTA’s homecoming game last year, is 1-2 on the season with a 37-point road loss at East Tennessee State University, a 26-point win over the New York Institute of Technology, and a 13-point win over Fairleigh Dickinson University.