Friday, March 13, 2009

Final Thoughts From Tech Meltdown

Here are my final thoughts from the Tech game. I am going to set this up in a "Questions I Would Like To Ask Mark Turgeon" format.

1.) Coach, why did you not double (or triple) team Mike Singletary at any point in the 2nd half?
2.) Coach, why did you not order a couple of HARD fouls to disrupt Singletary's rhythm?
3.) Coach, why has your team given up a combined 116 points in the 2nd halves of the last two games?
4.) Coach, why did you not take Junior Elonu out of the game at the 4:36 mark when he picked up his 4th foul?
5.) Coach, why did you not take BJ Holmes out of the game at the 3:17 mark when he picked up his 4th foul?
6.) Coach, with regards to questions 4 and 5 - what is your policy on offensive/defensive substitutions?

OK, look, things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem, and I'm clearly picking on Turgeon because he's an easy target. His players are partially to blame as well for some of what happened on Wednesday night. As Jerry Bluhm points out, Turgeon can yell and scream at them all he wants, but it's primarily the players' fault when they get complacent in games where they have a big lead (see question #3 above).

Anyway, I'm glad that Baylor and OSU gave people something else to talk about in OKC besides the embarrassment of Mike Singletary; fortunately it was a pretty short-lived storyline.

I think Mark Turgeon is doing just fine in College Station. I don't think he's great (yet), but he's certainly not letting the program regress under his tutelage either.

OK - I'll have a full look at the Aggies' first round NCAA opponent on Sunday night.

Carry on.


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