Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Acie Law's postgame text message to Donald Sloan asked the obvious question, "What's going on? That's not Texas A&M basketball."

Basketball is a balancing act. To gain something you must give up something. A team that plays pressure-man defense makes it difficult for opposing guards to get the ball inside, but gives up some offensive rebounds. A team that is big can dominate the paint on both sides of the ball, but has a hard time guarding big guys who can hit outside shots.

Teams are successful when the balance is in their favor, and right now the balance is not in our favor. We are getting all of the bad and none of the good. Our bigs have a hard time getting out of the paint and contesting shots, but they aren't able to use their size to score over smaller players. Turge has seen the down side of this balancing act since the Texas State game, but it was not until conference play that our bigs stopped scoring. Turge pointed out that "if we win, Gillispie gets the credit. If we lose it's my fault." That may have been true a week ago. But now that we have seen just how bad our guys can play, if he can figure out a way to get this team back into balance I will personally give him all of the credit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought Turgeon's style was all about defense...maybe several things were masked by playing lesser teams...I hope they get it turned around soon...still 13 games to go...Billy G pulled off his best win yet last night...Turgeon must answer...vs.