Tuesday, March 14, 2006

ATH: Ags at the Big Dance

Just my opinion, but i think the current Aggie basketball team is the best since the days of the inimitable Shelby Metcalf, which goes back a few years earlier than the last NCAA appearance in 1987. Metcalf is part of A&M's ridiculous record of the last 30 years of chasing off great coaches and replacing them with series' of nincompoops. So we saw the loss, via alumni manipulation, of such class folks (and great coaches) as Emory Bellard and R.C. Slocum, only to fall into years of bottom-feeding. Perhaps it's Billy Gillispie who will finally pull Ag hoops out of the morass.

Here's a note from Ray Glier at NBC Sports today about potential spoilers:

So while we have one Big East team, The Hall, stepping up, we have another Big East team, Syracuse, perhaps taking a step back.

Can Gerry McNamara keep making game-winning shots? Sure, but he won’t. Texas A&M can end this Cuse run with defense.

I remember watching Tulsa a few years ago in Nashville at the NCAA Tournament when Bill Self was the head coach and Billy Gillespie was an assistant. Look at Self’s Kansas team: leads the nation in field goal percentage defense.

Gillespie’s A&M team is not quite as skilled, but it guards hard just like Kansas.

LSU can be taken down in the second round because the Aggies can reduce the Tigers to one player: the Big Baby, Glen Davis.

Tyrus Thomas can be taken out of the game by physical play because he is a freshman. A&M is going to be all over him and make him feel like a freshman, too. The Aggies only have to worry about guard Darrel Mitchell and they can take him with the 6-foot-3 Acie Law.

Richard Roby is a fine player. The Colorado guard got 18 shots against A&M and made 3 in a Big 12 Tournament loss.

A&M lost by just four to Texas in the Big 12 semifinals. The Aggies won at Texas Tech and the team that improved most in the Big 12 — after Kansas, of course — was Nebraska and the Huskers lost by 11 to A&M.

Look at Texas’ lineup? Ask yourself, “How did these guys score just 43 points against A&M?” Nasty defense. The Cuse gets some of that nastiness. LSU gets some, too.

Though, we’re not bold enough to predict A&M over Texas and Duke the rest of the way.

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