February 12, 2008

A&M back on track heading into off week

It's been an interesting season for Texas A&M. The Aggies rolled through the non-conference season with only one hiccup, a road loss at Arizona, and entered Big 12 conference play in the top 10 of the rankings and with a 15-1 record. A drumming of Colorado in College Station got A&M off on the right foot.

But then came the hurdles as A&M was exposed on the road in consecutive losses to Texas Tech and Kansas State by 15 and 21 points, respectively, causing many to think that the Aggies just weren't that good. Then a five overtime thriller in College Station tilted in favor of Baylor, which could suck the energy right of a team that had such high hopes.

Five games and two and a half weeks later the Aggies are back. They haven't lost since the five overtime marathon (Baylor has lost three of four since), and all of a sudden A&M is back in the discussion when talking Big 12 title. After being thoroughly exposed early in the conference season, the Aggies have tightened up on both ends of the court. During the current five-game winning streak A&M has averaged 69 points a game (47.5 field goal percentage) and allowed just 58 per contest (39.6 field goal percentage).

"We just kind of came together. I keep saying it. We were rolling along at 15-1 and we were feeling good about ourselves and we kind of got kicked in the face by some pretty good teams. Texas Tech on 900 and Kansas State is pretty good at home and I think they've proven that, but it was the way we finished those games is what disappointed everybody. We just have kind of come together. I thought we played well against Baylor, but we just didn't have the confidence to pull it out," Turgeon said.

"We've got great leadership and we fine tuned some things defensively. I think we're much better defensively than we were at the start of the league, and then I think we're much more efficient on offense. We don't always shoot the ball great, but we do the right things. As a staff I think we've kind of figured out how we need to play. It's not always going to result in victories, but it'll give us a good chance which is all you can ask for."

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