Turgeon wants players to fight

After a humiliating loss at Oklahoma on Saturday, Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon wants his players to continue to fight. Turgeon visits with the media in Monday morning's Big 12 Coaches Teleconference.

After having a little more than 36 hours to think about the Aggies' lackluster performance in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend, Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon was no closer to figuring out what the problem is with his team.

"This is new territory for me, probably the most frustrating season I've been through as a coach," Turgeon said during Monday morning's Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference. "But with that said, we've still won 21 games. The ups and downs are just unexplainable. I'm trying to figure it out, but we're running out of time."

Turgeon, who has taken part of the blame throughout the season for the Aggies' inconsistencies said that the players also have to take responsibility and do what needs to be done to take this team to the next level.

"When we play well, the guys are playing well. We execute at a high level, we guard. When we aren't playing well we aren't making plays and we don't have the gumption to overcome adversity. It's disappointing, but that's what happens. As bad as it was in the first half the other day, it wasn't out of reach. When we're good, we're good, when we're bad, we don't fight hard enough through it."

Turgeon said he felt like the first time the team quit fighting this season was against Kansas State, which beat the Aggies 75-54 in Manhattan.

"When things start going tough, we've got to fight through it," Turgeon said. "That's what I want to get out of our team, to continue to fight no matter what the circumstances are. You can't look at the situation. There's only one way to go through life and that's to attack life with the best of your ability.

"It's got to come from within (the players). They've got to come with the edge. They got an earful throughout the game, it just didn't happen. Things don't always go well but good teams figure out ways to come through tough times. Is it something to worry about? Yeah, a little bit. Can it be corrected easily? Yeah, I think it can. It just needs to be maintained to compete at the highest level each and every night."

But Turgeon added that he's tired of talking about it, he wants to see results.

"Words are cheap, I want to see some action," he said.

The Aggies don't have much time to figure it out either. They've got a game in two days on the road—where the Aggies have been less than stellar this year—against Baylor, which is also trying to secure one of the final at-large berths in the NCAA Tournament from the Big 12 Conference.

That fact didn't escape Turgeon, who said he believed that the Aggies were treating every game as a must-win situation following the loss at home to Nebraska.

"We thought Saturday was a must win at Oklahoma," Turgeon said. "We talked about we had to get this one. You don't know what's going to happen around the country, you don't know what the selection committee is going to do at the end. But we've got to play better. I just want my team to be consistent and play well. I want to go to Baylor and play well. If we win the next two games are we probably in the NCAA Tournament? Yeah we probably will be."




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