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Thursday Hoop Thoughts

- The good news from this game is that Khris Middleton looked like his old self. He was able to get some space and make some big shots and he was extremely efficient 23 points on 14 shots from the floor. Obviously the season hasn’t gone well for the team, but Khris was expected to be the backbone of this team and quite frankly this is the first truly good game he’s played all season.

- Much was made of the play to Kinsley when it was a four point game, but that wasn’t the play call. They wanted Elston Turner to either drive or hit a shot at the top of the key and Turner had a good look but passed it up to the open Kinsley. While the end result wasn’t what you wanted, it’s not a bad idea. In each end of game situation this season, the Aggies have tried something different, and the end result has been the same every time.

- David Loubeau had another subpar game, fouling out with a few turnovers and 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting. The worst stat he had though is that he had just one defensive rebound. That’s just simply not good enough. Obviously it’s hard to get rebounds on guys like Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey (who thought we’d be saying that at this point of the year?), but Loubeau is a senior and some of his block out efforts were just not good.

- Obviously the big news of the game was the return of senior guard Dash Harris to the lineup. According to sources, Harris has been medically cleared for some time, but until he could go 100% in practice Kennedy wasn’t going to play him. It didn’t look like Harris was completely healthy moving side to side, but it was good to see him back out there on the court.

- Kennedy and company had a good game plan coming in, and that was to try to really take Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson out of the game. Those two combined for 22 points on 7 of 20 shooting. The problem was that Elijah Johnson answered the call for the Jawhawks and absolutely lit it up in the first half. It wasn’t a bad plan for the Aggies, but Johnson answered the call and A&M couldn’t get anything going on offense early.

- You had to appreciate the effort to come all the way back and make it a four point game though. Middleton hit some big shots down the stretch and that bodes well for his future. However, in the end it still wasn’t enough and losing and losing.

- Finally, let’s talk about the crowd. I’m not one to complain about marginal attendance, because who really cares, but last night’s crowd wasn’t marginal, it was pathetic. It was the worst attended game against Kansas since 1998. A&M needs to look at a complete overhaul of how they manage basketball games in the offseason. Everything from the music, to the band, to yells, absolutely everything needs to be looked at. Enough of that rant.

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