Yes, the opponent was still, how do you say, terrible. It's just very refreshing to see an Aggie team actually take care of business from wire to wire against any inferior opponent. The Aggies just did that against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a 100-58 victory tonight in Reed Arena. Momentum is building quickly behind the young talent of this team, and their consistency will bear the direction of the team this season. Before moving on, how about Tyler Davis being THE GUY for the Aggies down low early this season? Davis got his first career double-double in only his second game. The line for the Tyler Davis fan club starts right over there. Here are your three takeaways from tonight's game:
1. These uniforms are terrible
Boom! The hottest of hot takes right out of the gate. You weren't ready for that one were you? Seriously though, these uniforms just look weird. Is it a garter belt? Spanx? Are their shorts falling off? It's just a weird look. But hey, if this is a negative talking point after a game against a bad basketball team, then we're a helluva lot better than we were last season. Oh, and the turnovers were still out of control. That too. I'm going to give the team another week to work that problem out before we can consider it a consistent problem to scream at.
2. Consistency is key
Hey, speaking of consistency. The four freshmen looked great in game one, and seeing the scoring distributed between so many guys was nothing short of a blessing when you consider the previous few seasons. Tonight was no different for Kennedy's squad. Five Aggies broke double digits in the scoring column tonight, led by 20 points from Danuel House. Then you look at two true freshmen in DJ Hogg and Admon Gilder coming off the bench and accounting for 25 points and 9 boards. More than what happened in the scoring column, the Aggies once again took care of business and thoroughly out-rebounded a smaller opponent. Again, not something we could rely on last season. Another consistent thing to get excited about is the number of assists. The Ags notched 27 assists tonight which speaks to this newly-acquired ability to share the scoring responsibility.
3. So about that Point Guard depth
It was announced before tonight's game that Sophomore PG Alex Robinson has left the team and will transfer after the semester. Robinson didn't see many minutes last season, and certainly looked raw in the minutes he did see. You have to think the staff going out and targeting a one-year transfer PG in a player like Collins speaks to their comfort level at the position. Collins has certainly looked the part early for the Aggies, and the writing had to be on the wall for Robinson. It's not every day a team loses a former Top-100 nationally ranked recruit to very little outcry from the fanbase, but the Aggies have a decent amount of depth and even more talent at the position coming in with the next class. Now let's just have everyone stay healthy.