That wasn’t the way the Wyoming men’s basketball team wanted its season to end — a 59-43 loss at Texas A&M Wednesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
In a nutshell, UW (18-15) picked a bad time to have its worst offensive game of the season. The 43 points was a season-low, as was its 29.8 percent shooting from the field and its 14 baskets made. It also didn’t help that the Cowboys were outrebounded 41-27 and was 5 of 24 from 3-point range.
The guys UW needed to produce didn’t. Sophomore guard Josh Adams, who averaged 24 points and shot 55 percent in his previous four games, had just five points on 2 of 8 shooting. Senior guard Nathan Sobey had nine points on 4 of 11 shooting and junior guard Riley Grabau was scoreless on 0 of 4 shooting.
Texas A&M’s size along the frontcourt had a lot to do with UW’s offensive struggles. It also did a good job of preventing the Cowboys from driving to the basket and getting points inside. UW had only 14 points in the paint, which was a season-low. UW has relied more on the 3 since the injury to junior forward Larry Nance Jr. on Feb. 18, but it also needed to drive the ball to the basket more and get to the free throw line.
The Cowboys were 10 of 12 from the line, but all of those attempts came in the second half.
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.