Before I begin, let me apologize for the lateness of this post. A busy week and busy weekend, coupled with the mini winter break the ASU students have had has finally taken its toll on me. As I write this, I am getting myself back into the swing of things.
Now, let’s get on with this post. We’re going to keep this mostly, if not all basketball heavy on the part of A-State.
First of all, props to the A-State women. It’s not easy to lead a conference from day one and continue to win and play well like the ladies have. But they’ve done it. And in order for that to be done, it starts at the top. It starts with Brian Boyer and the coaching staff that he has put together to go on a special run like this.
It’s also just not Boyer, it’s the players buying into his system. It’s the strong leadership of seniors Jane Morril, Carlisha and Carlette Wyatt, it’s the great scoring and assisting of Aundrea Gamble, it’s the contributions from Hanna Qedan, Jessica Flanery, Brittney Gill, Jalen O’Bannon, the list goes on. The A-State women have won an outright conference championship (which makes me happy, because I don’t like the thought of sharing with other schools). So to the women, I say congratulations. And to the fans, I say, “GIVE THIS TEAM YOUR UTMOST SUPPORT.” Because they will be playing in the postseason, it’s just a question of where.
The men? The men may be in a little bit bigger of a hole than the women. The men lost a heartbreaker to ULL on senior day 77-76 after allowing ULL’s Elfrid Payton a chance to close out the game on a personal 8-0 run. The men will begin their run to the SBC Tournament Championship title on Friday when the take on the UALR-Troy winner. They’ll go in as the #4 seed in the tournament, yet, I actually have some confidence in this group.
John Brady stated after Saturday’s loss that he believed that the Red Wolves could go down to New Orleans and win three games. And I think he’s right. The top three seeds have been a pain in the Red Wolves side, but it’s not as bad as you think. Two losses to conference champion Georgia State by a combined four points, split meetings with WKU and two losses (should have been a split in fans eyes) to a talented ULL squad has the Red Wolves sitting at the #4 seed.
Do I think both squads have a legitimate chance at cutting down the nets in New Orleans? Yes, I do. Will it be easy? No. Do I have as much faith in the men as I do the women? No, but that doesn’t mean the men can’t do it. They have the offensive talent to get it done, it’ll be on the defensive end that will be the tale for them.
Support your Red Wolves basketball squads this week. Both squads have played well this year, though some can argue that men could have performed better and while that may be the case, they’re still in an overall good position.
That’s all I have for this week. I’m getting back in the swing of things. I’ll talk to you guys later.