Jacksonville, Auburn, and Dominique Kirk
It's been a few days since our last update, but last Saturday (Dec. 16) the Aggies walloped a severely overmatched Jacksonville team by a final of 97-58.
The Aggies were paced by Josh Carter (16 points), Acie Law, Antanas Kavaliauskas (15 points each), and Joseph Jones (14 points). Marlon Pompey also found a way to make a contribution by adding 11 points (7 of 7 from the free throw line). The best thing to take from Marlon's performance was that he played aggressive enough to get to the free throw line so many times. I'll give credit where credit is due and it was great to see Marlon finally contribute on the offensive end.
There was nothing else overly exciting to take away from the game vs. Jacksonville. 17 guys played and the highlight off of the bench was Donald Sloan going 3 for 3 from behind the arc.
Jacksonville is simply not very good and the Aggies came out and took care of business in a manner that is to be expected from this group at this point in the season.
Tonight, the Aggies travel to Auburn, Alabama to take on the Auburn Tigers in what will be a good road test for Gillispie's group.
You can read the AP preview of the game here:
Auburn (9-3) has faced three "brand name" opponents this year (all losses):
Oklahoma State (Loss 65-66)
Wisconsin (Loss 63-77)
Pittsburgh (Loss 66-74)
Make no mistake about it, despite being 6 point favorites, this would be a BIG win for the Aggies on the road tonight. Unfortunately there is no TV option for those of us that do not live in the southeast and get Comcast Sports South. You can listen to the game free online at AggieAthletics.com.
Hopefully the Aggies can find a way to win this game tonight. If they end up on the wrong side of it, this could be a pretty damaging loss come time for seeding in the NCAA tournament.
Terrance Harris from the Houston Chronicle wrote a great piece today on Dominique Kirk. Take 5 minutes and give it a read if you get a chance.
I will try to get a quick note out regarding the Auburn game tomorrow sometime.