UW-Texas A&M men’s hoops Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Richard Croome, who covers Texas A&M men’s basketball for the Bryan-College Station Eagle, about Wednesday’s CBI first-round game with the University of Wyoming at 6 p.m. at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

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Is there a sense of excitement or apathy about the Aggies being in the CBI and Wednesday’s game with Wyoming?

From the fans it’s more apathy. Even though the Aggies improved this season many believe A&M should be a player nearly all the time. The six year run of success prior to this spoiled many people, especially those that became A&M fans during that time. Since that time period was the beginning of the social media era those are the ones heard from the most.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of Texas A&M?

A&M plays good team defense and uses the clock offensively to help with number of possessions. Because of an injury and two guys leaving the team (one school suspension and the other a coach thing) A&M has no depth. They play six guys and are really thin along the front line. Jamal Jones is a good shooter and Alex Caruso, although not the prototypical point guard, is a great passer and one of the more intelligent players around.

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Stories on UW meeting with Taylor

Late last night Virginia media outlets confirmed that Wyoming officials, including President Tom Buchanan and athletics director Tom Burman met with Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor Tuesday in Virginia.

Here are some links to their coverage, and a little more biographical information on Taylor

http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/odu-basketball-coach-taylor-meets-u-wyoming

http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/cowboy-talk

http://www.ask.com/wiki/Blaine_Taylor

Also, here is a link to WyoSports’ article on Murray State coach Billy Kennedy and his potential interest in the Wyoming job.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/03/23/sports/20sports_03-23-11.txt

Gosar coaches in NJCAA title game tonight

Former Wyoming men’s basketball player and Pinedale native Steve Gosar will be coaching the College of Southern Idaho tonight in the National Junior College Athletics Association national title game at 7 tonight against Midland College out of Texas in Hutchinson, Kan.

On Gosar’s staff is Josh Dees, the son of former UW coach Benny Dees. I’ve been told Benny has been at the tournament watching his son coach. For any of you that knew or knows Benny, I can only imagine the stories that are floating around there this weekend.

Got a comment on the blog from an obvious Gosar fan prior to making the finals:

“It’s worth noting that your true “Wyoming Guy” STEVE GOSAR has his #2 ranked (31-4) CSI team at the NJCAA National Tournament right now and the play in the semi finals tonight. Gosar is as good of an x and o coach and recruiter as there is in the country. I also know he has pride in the Pokes program and that Wyoming is his dream job. Don’t overlook Steve Gosar, no one will outwork or out coach him and he is a guy the will bring the WYOMING faithful back to the gym.”

Thoughts?

I will say UW fans are loyal to their own. You’ve seen on here some of the support for Jeremy Cox, who I talked to earlier this week. He is a Wyoming native. Former players like Charles Bradley, Bill Garnett and Marc Bailey also have garnered support.

Even the newest name to emerge, Murray State coach Billy Kennedy, spent a year at UW under Jim Brandenburg in 1987-88. Granted, Kennedy has done a good job at Murray State. Check out his bio: http://goracers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=320&path=mbball

But how much of his support comes from being at UW at time or another?

My Sunday column touches on this, and some other items about . You can see it in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com.