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Quick Takes: Keep an eye on Texas AM

Dave2015As this is our first in-season Quick Takes, let me offer a brief reminder: one game does not a season nor a resume make.  Nonetheless, Texas AM put together an impressive debut Friday night.  The Aggies beat a good West Virginia team at Ramstein Air Base in Germany without Robert Williams (one of their best players) and point guard J.J. Caldwell.  Did I mention they were also down 13 points early?  The takeaway?  When fully assembled, Texas AM appears more than capable of challenging Kentucky and Florida for top billing in the SEC.

A few other Quick Takes from opening night:

  • Archie Miller’s debut at Indiana didn’t exactly go as planned.  Indiana State flushed 17 three-pointers and cruised past the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.  Good road win for the Sycamores.  Tough start for IU.
  • Georgia Southern, picked to represent the Sun Belt in our preseason bracket, upended Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.  The balanced Eagles had five players reach double-figures in the scoring column.
  • Missouri picked off Iowa State despite just two points (in two minutes) from Michael Porter, Jr, who was held out most of the game with a hip injury.  Let’s hope its nothing serious.  The fact that his team rallied around him is a good sign for the Tigers.
  • Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State posted a better-than-you-think road win at Western Kentucky.
  • Tough home loss for St. Bonaventure.  Niagara upended the Bonnies, who were the proverbial last team “IN” as part of our preseason bracket.  On the flip side, quality road W for the Purple Eagles out of the MAAC.
  • Northwestern survived a scare from Loyola (Md).  It’s going to be a different scene for the Wildcats; expectations are clearly at a higher level.
  • Kentucky struggled early against Utah Valley, but this is an extremely young and inexperience team – even by UK standards.

Hope you enjoyed Opening Night.  We have a great week ahead – headlined by Tuesday’s Champions Classic in Chicago.

 

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