Texas A&M Basketball Seeks to Avenge Bad Home Loss vs LSU; Turn Fortunes Around
The gut punch that Texas A&M basketball sustained in their game against Arkansas, coming all the way back from being down 20 points only to lose on a buzzer-beating shot in the paint, has been sitting with fans ever since Tuesday night.
The poor showing and unexpected loss vs LSU to open the SEC slate, however, has been sitting with the Aggie Hoops faithful for even longer.
Texas A&M basketball has a chance to begin to right some early wrongs here. Buzz's teams have been known for getting better over the course of the season, and though this Aggie team started off hotter than most have over the past four years or so, they've lagged recently. A mid-season hot streak beginning right now would be just what the Aggies need.
As things currently stand, the Aggies are 1-3 in conference play, with losses to LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas and their lone win over the Kentucky Wildcats. That's a strange resume thus far, but it well captures the up-and-down nature of this team.
The three point shooting and the three point defense the Aggies have mustered so far in the season is what most directly needs a turnaround. Texas A&M basketball is 345th in the nation in three point percentage, and 249th in three point percentage allowed.
The collegiate basketball ranks aren't nearly talented enough to make that aspect of things as much of a game-changer as it is in the NBA, for example, but against the quality of teams that the Aggies face, it can still shift things in a hurry. Far too often are the three point attempts for A&M an early-clock stepback from Wade (who has shown he can hit them, but not with enough consistency), or a late-clock heave.
Injuries have affected the Aggies mightily as well. Radford's earlier absence has him still getting back up to speed, and Coleman's current issue comes at an inopportune moment. Aggie fans have all but given up on the notion that they may see Julius Marble return at some point this season, as he continues to work through a murky "university issue."
All that to say, the Aggies could really use a win. It would help to start turning some narratives around. Will that start today in Baton Rouge? Perhaps. But even if they get a win today, they'll have to start stacking good games one after the other—something they have yet to show they can do.
The talent is there. The effort is there. This team just has to put it together and... execute.