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The game today against A&M will say alot about this team. Do their good play (not the rebounding) carry over from Ole Miss? Do they come out ready to play a team that handed them a loss last time out? Does someone step up to the challenge of Turner and man up?
In other words, do they see their shadow or do they emerge for an early spring and the march toward March?
I say no shadow and a big win for the Cats. And that means growing confidence and more consistent play as they head into the meat of the conference schedule.
I said it the other night, this game is every bit as important as the win they had at Ole Miss. Sure, that win will help their NCAA resumé but this one is more important in terms of confidence, showing maturity, having people believe in them as a legitimate threat come March, etc. You can't go stub your toe against a team, theoretically, that you have a score to settle with and who hasn't scored more than 55 points since you lost to them.
That is true, but I put absolutely zero stock in A&M's performances against anyone else. We know teams don't play that way against us. We get to see the bench warmers have their breakout games. Even given that, I still think the Cats win this one.
Take Turner out of the game, double team him. He is going to try to put his team on his back and score as much as possible. That makes him a reluctant and therefore less effective passer.
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