In fact they haven't lost in February yet. Earlier in the year, they lost to Northern Illinois [73-67], Oklahoma State [86-61], and Drake [91-80]. They have wins over Chicago State [85-59] at home, and Baylor [73-58] and Florida State on the road [70-67].
The Texas A&M Corpus Christi [TAMUCC] Islanders should be considered dangerous. They're 8-4 on the road this year, 17-6 overall.
Their Big Gun's "big brother" forward Thomas Bailey [left] has scored 20 or better in the last two games, and he mainly comes off the bench. A standout at Holmes HS in San Antonio, Thomas was a McDonald's All American nominee.
His "little" brother, scoring Leader Travis Bailey [right] has also scored over 20 twice in the past 5 games. On the surface, the Bailey boys appear to be the scoring engine for A&M, if one is down the other picks up the slack.
But important to the TAMU team is center Corey Lamkin [left]. At 6-6, he may seem short for a Div I Center, but has led the Islanders in rebounding 14 of their 17 games. Either he or Thomas Bailey have led the team in rebounds during the latest 6 game winning streak.
Both Travis Bailey and Lamkin have scored over 1,000 points in their careers at TAMUCC.
And if one player is having a bad night, count on one of the others to step up - the other starting guard, Taurean Mitchell is hovering right around 10 points a game lately.
The Islanders are coached by the only coach they've ever had, Ronnie Arrow. TAMUCC didn't play basketball prior to 1999. He's turned them into a contender with a winning record in their 6th season in Div I.
One thing that does stand out on the stat sheet - Arrow isn't afraid to change his starting lineup. None of the Islanders has started all 23 of their games to date, and 10 of their players has at least 2 starts.
The three "givens" as starters seem to be Travis Bailey, Corey Lamkin and Taurean Mitchell. It seems that besides Lamkin, nobody has locked down a slot up front for the Islanders.
- The Islanders can go big off the bench - the #2 center is a 7 footer.
- They share the ball - in their last game, 4 players had 2 or more assists, 6 had 4 or more.
- The Bailey Boys can be slowed down - but not stopped - one of them seems to always step up and score.
- They can turn the ball over - 19 in their last game, but only 12 the game before
- You can hang a run on them - Alabama ran off a 24-4 run, shutting down the Islanders at the end of their game in December.
- At times they've given up a lot of 3 pointers
- Travis Bailey sat out most of December with a left arm injury. He's been fine ever since.
|The Big Gun||#11 Travis Bailey*
|Deadeye Dick||#33 Corey Lamkin
|The Bomber||#11 Travis Bailey
||107 attempts from the arc
|Off the Boards||#33 Corey Lamkin
||7.4 rebounds a game
|Charity Stripe||#10 Thomas Bailey
||85% FT Shooter
|Super Sub||#5 Corey Stokes
||7.1 ppg/22.7 minutes
|Pickpocket||Bailey and Lamkin
||Both have 29 Steals
|Helping Hands||#20 Taurean Mitchell
||#10 Thomas Bailey
* but Travis Bailey has two consecutive 20 point games
|Forward||#23 Seth Engelken [So 6-8]
#10 Thomas Bailey [Sr 6-9]
|Center||#33 Corey Lamkin [Sr 6-6]
|Guard||#20 Taurean Mitchell [So 6-1]
#11 Travis Bailey [Sr 6-3]
The Islanders average 74.5 points a game - their starters score about 2/3's. No player has started every game for the Islanders.
|Forward||#5 Corey Stokes [Sr 6-3]
#15 Nick Jackson [Sr 6-9]
|Center||#21 Chris Daniels [So 7-0]
|Guard||#12 Josh Ervin [So 6-1]
#4 Jeff Muriel [Fr 6-1]
#22 Aaron White [Jr 6-0]
The Subs score over a 1/3 of the Islander's points, and have almost 40% of their rebounds.
Challenges for the Wildcats:
- Regroup and Play Defense against a team that can score.
- Forget Saturday - this will not be an easy game to win
TV: No TV
Radio: WGN [and XM Satellite Radio 187] with Dave [Mr. Cat] Eanet and Bob Hildebrand.
Gametracker: NU Sports
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