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Aggies crumble at home; drop 93-81 contest to Mississippi State

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The only thing missing was a Nick Fitzgerald run through the heart of our DL

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi State at Texas A&M C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports

Pitiful.

In a game we had to have, the Aggies completely failed to show up at home. Mississippi State walked into our building and won comfortably, and it honestly looked like most of the team wasn’t too bothered by the result.

Let’s get this over with.

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Lethargic On All Fronts

From the opening tip, the energy level on (and off) the court was low, and if you were an MSU supporter you surely had the sense that a road victory could be had today.

Our early passages of play were fine enough, and a disturbing trend started to emerge midway through the first half - we weren’t going to our bench. The reserves had been flat awful over the prior two games, and the verdict was in: we were going to win with our starters or die trying.

MSU started to creep towards a double digit advantage, but a late burst led by TJ Starks allowed us to hit the break with a deficit that was smaller than we deserved.

Halftime Score: Mississippi State 41, Texas A&M 39

Zero Effs Given

You know the old adage, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” If I stuck with that, my second half comments would be exactly zero words long.

We checked out, y’all.

Our offense was bland and uninspired, Mississippi State got great looks at will, and the Aggies allowed 90+ points for the second game running.

Near the end of the game, when the intensity should have been at its highest, we had guys who were doing everything short of checking movie times. It was a jarring, inexcusable lack of care... and it was clearly evident during stretches of the game where the outcome was still in doubt.

Our “devil may care” attitude worked about as well as you might expect, and MSU cruised to a double digit victory on our home floor. This was really tough to watch.

Final Score: Mississippi State 93, Texas A&M 81

Box Score

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We were safely in the tournament before this game, so it could be reasonably assumed that a 2-1 finish would still land us safely on the right side of the bubble. But if anyone can watch tonight’s nonsense and predict a 2-1 finish, you’re more optimistic than I am.

BTHO Vanderbilt