Sunday, December 28, 2008

After about a week off and conference play starting in about two weeks, $Bill has lined us up 4 warm up games: Sam Houston State, Rice, McNeese State, and North Dakota. Not all are home games, we play at Rice the 31st, but I am sure our guys will be home in time to get their new year kiss.

Sam Houston is a 5-5 team with a loss to Tech and a win over ULALA, never heard of their other 8 opponents. They play about 6.5 guys; two guys, Corey and Lance, shoot a lot of threes, Corey makes them and Lance does not (13-47 this season, at least he is trying)... whatever, we are going to dominate.
The Collegiate Baseball Fab 40 preseason poll (??) came out just before Christmas, and has us as the highest ranked Big 12 team at number 9. Other conference foes to make the list are:
10. Texas
14. OSU
15. Baylor
22. Mizzou

This seems like good news, and it is, but Rice is back again at number 3, which means we will be playing a super regional in Houston and not advancing to the College World Series. Bummer, I was so hopefully for this season.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Turge said it after the TCU game, and I bet he will say it after
tonight's game, this team doesn't play until their backs are against
the wall. Tonight we let LSU get within 2 with 3 minutes left, at
which point B-Davis turnded it on with to straight scores and we won
by 11.

I prefer killer instinct over come-back kid, but I'll take wins.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What looked like a blowout at half turned into a pretty close game. Sloan and Junior both had huge games--- Junior had, I am guessing, his first double double: 14 boards and 17 points, along with 6 blocks, wow wow WOW ---but we still almost gave it away in the second half.

Why? Turnovers. Their guy Twitty also nearly tripled his average offensive production last night with a team (and game) high 27 points, the next guy had 8. Back to turnovers.

From the chart above, you can see we were doing well until midway though the second half: up 13 and just few turnovers. Then things got sloppy. In four minutes we doubled our turnover deficit, and our lead went from 13 to 2. Sloan finally shook us away by stealing the ball and finishing with a 3-point play. Junior blocks a shot, Carter makes some free throws and we are on our way to a 13-2 run. In that run FAMU had 3 turnovers compared to our 2 steals and 2 blocks.

To find the silver lining... that is the second game this year where we didn't roll over and die; something we had a tendency to do last year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

We are destroying our namesake in Florida. Point leader is Sloan with
14. Junior is haveing the game of his career: 9 points, 1 steal, 3
blocks, 6 boards.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Walkup is doing his best Acie Law. Two games in a row he knocks down
clutch threes with seconds left.

Ice cold.

After Walks 3 Holmes added his own with 00:01 left for a tie. We rode
that wave in OT and beat Alabama 86-78.

Carter found his shot tonight; 5-11 from three. We need that.

We just closed out the first half of our first true road game very
strong. Down 7 with 6:35 left, we went on a 14-4 run to end up on the
good side of a 39-36 halftime score. The streak was a team effort: 5
guys contribute to the run, B-Davis had a pair of jams, and DRow
dropped two dimes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I am still amazed at the Arizona comeback, and I want to figure out what the hell happened. I am sure we will remember the comeback to be much more dramatic than the stats will reveal, but I have been investigating none the less. For whatever reason here is what happened:
With 10 min left in the game, when we have been trailing by at least 8 points for the last 16 minutes, and as much as 14 in that stretch, we cut their lead to 2 in less than 4 minutes.

More analysis to come, unless our next game is particularly interesting.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

So I have been MIA for a while, sorry. "Football" season took the wind out of my sails. Despite that mess, senior punter Justin Brantly made's All-American list.

Now basketball is doing well, especially the women--- #3, wow ---and the Arizona comeback--- I still can't figure out what happened. I am starting to get excited about College Station sports, well and the weather is crappy and it's dark by 4PM so what the hell else am I going to do?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Um. Sloan juat showed up.
13-2 in the fist 5 minutes? I am not loving the Big 12-Pac 10
hardwood series. Carter is 0-3. Our only points came off a 3 foot
hook from Junior. We also look slow slow slow. Barf.