Road Win, a Good Start

This young team entered the SEC play on the road and we wondered what’s going to happen. They actually dominated the game but could not put A&M away. TAM still was big and physical and managed to exploit AR’s weaknesses to keep itself on the game. They attacked the basket, drew fouls and converted at 64% (16/25) to our 50% (11/22). Also, every time we tried to pull away, Starks attacked the basket, slipped through our defense for an easy finish. Our players kept calm and continued to knock down shots. That is a bright spot on this team. We have so many playmakers that in each game one or two can rise up and pull us through. Last game was Simpson, this game was Sills and Jones. We came to the game as the worst rebounding team in SEC; minus 1.5 per game. Having focused on this issue, we outrebounded TAM 47-42, for a 5.3 plus. We made this game hard on ourselves at the end with 58 seconds remaining, made only 3 out of 8 free throws and almost gave the game away. The misses were from players that are good shooters with nice strokes. It was obvious the youth, the pressure of game on the line, the stage. That will take care of itself in time. It was a good road win and start on the right foot.