With 1:56 left in the second half and the Aggies trailing by 6 to Ole Miss, there was a great fast break opportunity to cut the lead to 4. Jalen Jones cut between two defenders, then passed the ball to a nonexistent player in the corner for a turnover. I feel like that play summed up the evening pretty well. Just a whole lot of nope on display out there tonight.
1. That was uhh, not pretty
This may come as a surprise, but the Aggies shot poorly from the free throw line. There just wasn't a lot going very well for the Aggies, and a lot of that was at their own doing. Rushed shot attempts in the lane and very lazy ball control just aren't a part of the recipe for success on the road. In the stretch of equal or better talent teams that the Aggies have entered, this needs major attention from the staff. And no, I'm not going to make a joke about missed layups.
2. Okay really, the missed layups
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we lead the nation in missed layups and shot attempts from within the 5 foot range. Tavario Miller looked like the only guy out there in Maroon and White that had any bounce in his legs tonight. The recurring theme for Aggie Basketball of missing so many point blank opportunities is exhausting. Sure there was a lot of fouling down low - the refs were terrible all around tonight - but the refs definitely aren't going to give you the benefit of the doubt if they are used to seeing you miss point blank jumpers you half-assedly put up on the rim over and over again.
3. Tavario Miller - Most Improved Player
There's still some season left, but there's no question that Miller is this team's most improved player. Most people thought he would see the court only in mop up duty this year, but he's been a consistent rotation player for the Aggies off the bench. His hustle and determination on defense and rebounding have cemented his spot in the rotation, and his offense is starting to get better each week as well.
The Aggies head to Columbia on Saturday to take on Missouri and hopefully bounce back from this disappointing loss.
Gig 'em Ags