Saturday, January 19, 2008

K-State Preview

On Saturday afternoon the Aggies will head to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Michael Beasley, Bill Walker and the rest of the K-State Wildcats.

The game will be telecast nationally on ESPN at 3:00.

Winning on the road is always tough in the Big 12, but even more so when you are coming off of your worst game of the season only 3 days prior. The biggest question today will be to see how the Aggies respond to the adversity.

K-State is coming into the game at 11-4 overall and 1-0 in the big 12. Their last time out they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman 84-82 on Saturday the 12th. K-State is always tough at Bramlage Coliseum and they are 8-1 this year at home with their only loss coming to then #17 Oregon in overtime (80-77).

The wildcats are led by all-world freshman Michael Beasley who is averaging 24.8 points and 13.1 rebounds per game this year. Joining Beasley to make one of the best one-two punch combos in the game is redshirt-freshman Bill Walker who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Other guys to keep an eye on are 6’1” freshman guard Jacob Pullen (9.5 points and 3.53 assists) who usually plays starter’s minutes off the bench and 6’4” guard Clent Stewart (8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds).

First year Coach Frank Martin typically plays a 7 man rotation, but has the ability to go 10 guys deep if need be. Martin has some depth to work with, but the guys off his bench should not be able to keep up with the guys Turgeon has to use off the pine.

A couple of other things to keep an eye on are the fact that A&M has never won at Bramlage Coliseum where they are 0-8 all time. Also, I found it interesting that the last three games between these two teams have all been decided by 6 points or less.

Saturday’s game should be a pretty entertaining game to watch and you guys will love watching Michael Beasley play. Let’s just hope Beasley and Bill Walker do not have enough to get over on the Aggies.

The Aggie Hoops Report’s Final Score Prediction:

Texas A&M 71
K-State 70

2 Comments:

At 1/19/2008 1:41 PM, Anonymous mrmiyaggie said...

very brave to predict an Aggie win. here's to deandre staying out of foul trouble.

 
At 1/19/2008 4:58 PM, Anonymous Joey "MrMiyAggie" said...

Prior to season....

"I've never done this before; I've never taken over a good program," said Turgeon, who rebuilt programs at Wichita State and Jacksonville State before taking the A&M job in April. "I'm used to coming in and running the heck out of them, trying to weed out the guys who shouldn't be there in the first place and just being a jerk 24 hours a day.

"And I didn't have any need to come in here and be that way. This group is proven, they've won. Now, we're coaching them. We coach a different style."


Should have stuck to what worked, coach.

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Thanks for the memories Acie.

 

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