It was a debacle. There's no other way to describe it. The Texas A&M basketball team went into Lubbock as the No. 9 team in the country, but they put on a display that looked more like the Melvin Watkins era.
But head coach Mark Turgeon didn't make excuses afterwards.
"We were really bad, that's the only way I can put it," he said. "I'm not sure I can look at a player that played well. We turned the ball over with unforced turnovers, we couldn't make open shots, couldn't make layups and we couldn't guard. I'm not sure we could play much worse to be honest with you. I never thought we'd lose like that."
When asked if he thought the Aggies' lack of being tested on the road was a factor, Turgeon did acknowledge that is probably played a part in the blowout loss, which seemed much more lopsided than 15 points.
"We were peeing down our legs out there, dribbling off our knees, we couldn't make a layup," Turgeon said. "When you're playing all home games and playing the schedule we play, sometimes you can hide weaknesses. I think a lot of our weaknesses came out tonight all at the same time."
It was by far the Aggies' worst performance of the year.
A&M was averaging 51 percent from the field this season, and was the No. 3 team in the nation in field goal percentage, but they shot just 34 percent from the field against Texas Tech. The Aggies have only shot below 42 percent in one other game this year (Rice) and had shot 52 percent or better in 10 of their first 16 games.
Things weren't much better for Turgeon's squad on the defensive end of the court.
The Aggies were averaging 4.6 blocks per game, but they couldn't fight through screens well enough to get many block attempts, and posted the lowest total of the year with just one blocked shot on the night.
"Our mindset wasn't right tonight. I thought it was, but it wasn't," Turgeon said. "We had great practice, we got after them this week because of the way we guarded (against Colorado). Some of our shots were going up crooked, from the same guys who were making threes the last game. They've got to grow up quickly and I've got to do a better job of getting them ready, obviously."
While many A&M basketball fans were shocked to see the Aggies get dismantled on national television, Turgeon said he knew that they were going to be facing a fired up Red Raider squad, especially after the way they lost to Oklahoma State this weekend and with the historical significance of win No. 900 for Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight.
We knew we were going to get a pretty aggressive tech team, we just didn't match it," Turgeon said. "Every time bodies connected we were flying off of them, we didn't finish anything in the first half. If we're not making jump shots or scoring on the block, which we weren't doing either, we don't respond very well, we don't work hard to create an opportunity for ourselves."
Turgeon and the Aggies will not have much time to lick their wounds though. With a Saturday match up at Kansas State on deck, A&M will have one night in College Station before getting back on a plane for Manhattan.
And from the sound of Turgeon's voice, that one night will probably not be much of a vacation for the players.
"They did a good job of pushing our guys off the post in the first half and when we did get an open look it was crooked going up, but we played a little weak tonight," Turgeon said. "They had a good game plan tonight and it worked. His kids played well tonight, my kids didn't. That's what it comes down to. I just hope we'll learn form this and play better Saturday in Manhattan."
Turgeon not happy with Aggies' blowout
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