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Defensive rebounding, 3-point shooting key as Ags face South Carolina on Saturday

January 17, 2020
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Everybody deserves a second chance. Except, of course, the South Carolina Gamecocks. They get no second chances.

At least, that's Texas A&M's hope.

Depriving South Carolina of second chances will be the Aggies’ first priority when the Gamecocks visit Reed Arena on Saturday for a noon Southeastern Conference basketball clash.

South Carolina (9-7, 1-2) is the nation’s best on the offensive glass. They average 12.7 offensive rebounds per game. That’s cause for concern for A&M (8-7, 2-2), which surrendered 16 offensive rebounds in an 89-85 overtime loss to LSU last Tuesday.

“We know how they’re going to come to attack us. We’ve just got to do our best to box them out. Same thing as LSU.”
- A&M senior forward Josh Nebo

“We know how they’re going to come to attack us,” A&M senior forward Josh Nebo said. “We’ve just got to do our best to box them out. Same thing as LSU. We knew they were going to come and crash the glass hard, but we didn’t do a good job of executing. Hopefully, we can do a better job.”

Nebo had nine rebounds in the loss to LSU. However, he didn’t get much help from A&M’s guards, who needed to track down errant 3-point shots.

The Aggies’ plan is to push opponents away from the basket and force them into 3-point shots. They succeeded there. But the plan is also to rebound errant 3-point shots. A&M failed miserably in that regard.

Only seven of LSU’s 31 misses came inside the 3-point circle. LSU frequently got second chances after its 24 misses from 3-point range and often cashed in. The Tigers scored 25 points off of offensive rebounds.

Those stats were not lost on A&M coach Buzz Williams.

“We had gotten to the point since Christmas, where we weren’t awful on the glass,” Williams said. “But that game … those numbers … I don’t think you can ever win that game.

"The test we’ll have on Saturday will literally be the same test we had on Tuesday.”

The Aggies certainly will be tested by the schizophrenic Gamecocks, who ended a three-game losing streak by upsetting No. 10 Kentucky, 81-78, last Wednesday. Before the losing streak, South Carolina had posted consecutive victories over Clemson and Virginia, the defending National Champions.

Guard play has boosted the Gamecocks. A.J. Lawson leads with a 13.9 scoring average. Freshman Jermaine Couisnard averages 10.1. He scored 26 and hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against Kentucky.

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Freshman guard Andre Gordon has excelled as of late, especially shooting the 3-ball vs. LSU on Tuesday.

Maik Kotsar, a 6-foot-11 senior center, averages 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, while forward Keyshawn Bryant and guard Jair Bolden average just over 9 points.

Meanwhile, the Aggies are quite literally aiming to continue a recent 3-point shooting surge. Though last in the nation in 3-point shooting much of the season, A&M hit 3 of 7 shots from behind the arc in the second half of a 57-47 victory over Ole Miss and followed up by hitting 14 3-pointers against LSU.

Savion Flagg hit four treys against LSU, while Wendell Mitchell and Andre Gordon each had three.

“I feel like we’re just taking the open shots now,” said junior college transfer Quenton Jackson, who also hit a trey against LSU. “We’re not thinking as much on the floor about all the new sets and new cuts and all that other stuff. It’s all just coming naturally, and we’re just able to play basketball.”

Williams agreed that the Aggies are making undeniable progress.

“There’s been a lot of consistency within our program. There’s been consistency in our effort. There’s been consistency with how we study film. There’s been consistency in our attitude.

“Maybe the separator is there’s been a consistency in how we collectively think. They’re beginning to say some things that I don’t have to say because they know I’m about to say it.”

It’s kind of like understanding the need to do a better job denying second chances. Williams doesn’t have to tell them. They know it.

“We’ve got to rebound because South Carolina plays the same way (as LSU),” Josh Nebo said. “They’re physical. They crash the offensive glass. We’ve got to do a better job of boxing out and getting rebounds.”

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Defensive rebounding, 3-point shooting key as Ags face South Carolina on Saturday

1,335 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 5 mo ago by DukeMu
LawHall88
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Well you called it. We got killed by three point shooting and offensive rebounds.
Method Man
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LawHall88 said:

Well you called it. We got killed by three point shooting and offensive rebounds.
mullokmotx
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Just listened to Buzz being interviewed by Gabe and he said how Virginia Tech led the nation in 3 point field goals attempted against. So far in SEC play teams have attempted 154 3 point shots against us; the next highest is 126 against LSU. Teams have taken 134 shots from inside the arc but are making 47% of those. LSU was 15 of 22.
Method Man
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Can we get a breakdown of shooting games against us? It seems some teams have had really good games and others have been terrible.
DukeMu
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Method Man said:

Can we get a breakdown of shooting games against us? It seems some teams have had really good games and others have been terrible.

In Conference 3FG%:

USCe = 53.3%
LSU = 36.8%
Vandy = 16.7%
Ole Miss = 25.9%
Arky = 34.5%


Overall, we're 11th in the SEC in 3FG% defense. Throw out high (USCe) and low (Vandy) games - we're allowing 32.5% 3FG, which would place us 8th in the league. Just average.

We are 8th in steals. 8th in blocks. 13th in allowing offensive rebounds, and 10th in allowing eFG%. A meh defense in Conference isn't going to make it...

Offensively, we are 7th in TOs, 5th in effective FG%, 9th in 3FG%, 7th in offensive rebounding and 11th in FT%.

Seems consistent with a 2-3 record.

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