A Not So Great Time for A-STATE This Weekend

Hello Red Wolves fans! Aaron League coming to you here. Since this is my first blog post, I’ll make a brief introduction of myself. I’ve already given you my name, so here’s some other info. I’m a Senior Radio/TV major at ASU (plan to graduate in May), I’ll graduate with experience in television and writing. I’ll turn 22 in July and I’m about to hit that phase where you’re looking for that first big boy job. Hopefully, these blog posts for RWRC can be a potential starting point.

But enough about me. You didn’t get on here to read this to hear about me. So, let’s get to chatting.

This weekend was mostly a weekend to forget if you love the Red Wolves. Basketball was swept by archrival UALR, baseball dropped two of three to UAB, Rugby lost to Life University while tennis dropped a 4-3 decision to Kennesaw State and a 5-2 decision to Troy.

Throw that in with a potential 6th Fan scare in the Elite Eight against Bryant and you’ve got a recipe for utter disaster.

So, where do you want to start? How about we start with the women. Their plans to clinch at least a share of the SBC conference title was put on hold due to a 64-55 setback to rival UALR, despite a combined 18 points in the second half from Aundrea Gamble and Jane Morrill.

Let’s stop right there. I’ve got issues. Has anyone else particularly noticed that a good chunk of the Red Wolves scoring lately has come from those two only? Or maybe it’s because I’ve refused to pay attention to it until now. If the lady Red Wolves want to wrap up an outright SBC title (WKU defeated UT-Arlington 94-70 on Saturday so the ladies will need two wins this week to win the conference outright), they’ll need help. That’s right. I’m talking Hanna Qedan, Jalen O’Bannon, Jasmine Hunt, Brittney Gill, you name it. Someone needs to step up and help take the load off of Gamble and Morrill’s backs.

As for final performance, I expect the women to play well this upcoming week, knowing their just two wins away from hanging a banner in the Convocation Center rafters and assuring themselves of seeing some postseason action of any kind. Two games against ULM and ULL will give the lady Red Wolves their opportunity. Let’s see what happens.

Now on to the men. Where do I start? The men’s team has been entertaining to watch offensively, yet they can also be such an eyesore defensively. And that doesn’t sit well with John Brady, a defensive minded coach. After a 74-67 loss to UALR with which UALR closed the game on a 13-2 run in the final minutes, Brady promptly stated that the team did not play well in the second half. Brady also gave praise to UALR for being tougher down the stretch. That was just the tip of the iceberg. UALR shot 56% for the game, while also having four players reach double-figures despite the absence of Will Neighbours (correct me if I’m wrong).

Now here’s where things get dicy for the men: they sit at 9-6 in conference play with three games to go. ALL three games are at home, however, all three opponents have previously defeated the Red Wolves. Matchups against Georgia State, ULM and ULL loom this coming week. The 9-6 conference mark is good for fourth in conference play, behind Georgia State, WKU and ULL. The Red Wolves are still in possible play for a potential bye in the first round of SBC play, which is obviously a good thing.

However, let’s say they pull out three straight wins, gets over ULL and WKU (it’s mathematically possibly) and finish with the two seed. Now you’re talking only needing two wins to win the SBC crown and get an automatic slot in the Big Dance. However, I can’t potentially see them getting the 2 seed (though fans would like that). I think the Red Wolves will drop at least one of their three remaining games at home, though I pray I’m wrong.

Now, onto further things: 6th fan. I’ll make this short and simple. VOTE! The Red Wolves fan base has gotten a serious challenge/scare from Bryant University. If we sneak by and get to the Final Four, the ASU Alumni Association has promised a $10,000 scholarship donation. If we win the entire contest, the university will receive a $100,000 prize from the NCAA.

Lastly, I feel that I should tell you about my obsession with the St. Louis Cardinals. I feel I need to tell you, especially with baseball season about to begin (Spring Training games have begun, Cubs have already been eliminated. Sorry Joel, the curse lives). As we get closer to the start of the season (29 days as of today), expect to see plenty of Cardinals talk from me as well, along with other national news as well.

That’s all for now. I wanted to keep the first post mostly Red Wolves heavy. See you in future posts.

Aaron League.