3. Get Gilder going
The Aggies’ rough patch started when Admon Gilder was absent from the lineup. He missed several weeks as he recovered from surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear and hasn’t been quite 100 percent since he returned to the court.
Gilder is one of the few members of this team that can create his own shot. He’s quick, decisive and has the ability to slice through the defense and get to the rim. When he’s playing at 100 percent he opens up the Aggie offense in a way that no other player does. That was evident on the court against the Gamecocks.
A big lead allowed Billy Kennedy to shuffle his lineup through several different iterations through the game. Just about every combination kept Gilder on the floor. He led the Aggies in minutes played with 28.
Gilder scored 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. He had four rebounds and three assists.
Texas A&M’s next four games will go a long way to solidifying their NCAA Tournament aspirations. The Aggies play at Auburn on Feb. 7 before returning home to host Kentucky on Feb. 10. They’ll follow that up with two roads games at Missouri and Arkansas.