Archive for Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Turgeon dejected

A&M coach: ‘I thought we had ‘em’

Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon watches with a deflated group of Aggies as the game winds down.

Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon watches with a deflated group of Aggies as the game winds down.

February 16, 2010


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Kansas holds off Aggies

The Jayhawks overcame Texas A&M in the final minutes Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Enlarge video

— Kansas University’s basketball players aren’t talking much yet about the possibility of going unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference.

Texas A&M; coach Mark Turgeon did it for them following the Aggies’ 59-54 loss Monday night.

“Our league’s good, and they’re 11-0. I don’t know if anybody can beat them,” Turgeon said. “I’ve seen the teams. I thought K-State could at K-State, and they didn’t.

“If they stay focused, I don’t know who’s going to beat them.”

Turgeon said he was especially impressed with the Jayhawks’ defense, as the Aggies made just 22 of 63 shots (35 percent) in their first home loss of the season.

“I wasn’t sure how good they were watching them on film, and they’re much better than I thought, in person,” Turgeon said. “And they’re getting better.”

Turgeon, who played point guard at KU from 1984-87 and was an assistant there from 1987-92, was visibly dejected in the postgame news conference, often staring down at the table during responses.

“You just hate to let it slip away, because I thought we had ’em,” Turgeon said, tapping his fingers on the base of his microphone. “We’re all pretty disappointed right now.”

The coach said the difference in the game was free throws. Texas A&M; averaged 29 free throws per game coming into the contest, but attempted just 11 against KU, making five.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, were 18-for-26 from the line.

“(Donald) Sloan wasn’t himself; give them credit. Bryan Davis wasn’t himself; give them credit,” Turgeon said. “But I never thought we should have been behind.”

Turgeon said the key stretch for A&M; was when it went ahead, 52-48, with 6:36 remaining. Though the Aggies allowed just four points over the next three minutes, they went just 1-for-6 on the offensive end with two turnovers.

“I said before you guys I can’t believe we lost the game,” Turgeon said. “I just thought we were in control the whole game. I never thought we were going to lose. I’m a little disappointed.”

The Aggies went 0-for-7 from the floor in the final 4:08.

“I thought they had pretty good defense the whole game,” said Sloan, a senior guard. “I guess our elbows got tight, and our legs got a little stiff. A lot of shots weren’t going in for us that were going in for us earlier in the game.”

The game was another close call for the Turgeon-coached Aggies, who also lost in overtime to then-No. 1 Texas on Jan. 16.

“I’m in there (locker room) beating myself up,” Turgeon said. “I’ll coach ’em better, and we’ll get better. Our day’s coming.”


kujayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

Turgeon is a whiner. What was his comment at halftime, "I just want to make sure it's fair." He sounds like my 6 year old kid.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 9 months ago

Turgeon is one of ours. He's doing a great job and is a marvelous representative of KU. He was answering a question, and did it in a way that was appropriate and professional.

Be respectful.

newmedia 5 years, 9 months ago

They should have asked Turg if his son still wants to be a Jayhawk...

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

Turgeon's an excellent coach and a class act. The question at half was about why he'd gotten heated w/ the officials, which ALL coaches do. What was he supposed to say? They don't yell at the refs 'cuz they like their shoes.

mom_of_three 5 years, 9 months ago

there were calls on both sides which were questionable and those that weren't called. But I don't expect less when Higgins is one of the refs.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

he did a great job at WSU and is w/ his current employer. i like him-- he's an okay guy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

If Self decides to go for bigger bucks somewhere, he'll likely go to the NBA, not OSU. KU is one of the top five college coaching jobs, and OSU isn't on that list (North Carolina is.)

hammerhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

Bill is great. Turg is good. Roy is doo-doo.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 9 months ago

I think Coach Self will probably move to Iona or IUPUI next season. Maybe even move up to a Division III school like Elizabeth City State. He might even try out for major league baseball. You just watch.

rgh 5 years, 9 months ago

Bill had the perfect time to jump ship after the '08 championship and OSU firing Sutton. He turned it down even knowing we were losing Darrell, Sasha, Russell, Brandon, Darnell, and Mario.

Why would he leave now? Hawk fans better stay committed to keeping him here even during a down time, and there will be one eventually. He can coach!

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

jonas_opines 5 years, 9 months ago

How can you insult Scott Drew? From where Baylor was to where they are now is an accomplishment to rival what Self has done, easy. Not going as high, but from one hell of a lot farther down. Go Bears! (except against us, other than maybe at home every year or so, on our down years. . .)

Jim Williamson 5 years, 9 months ago

"How can you insult Scott Drew?"

Because he cheats his arse off, one hand on a checkbook and the other on a Bible. And trust me: when it comes to the other 11 coaches in the conference, Drew doesn't have a single, solitary friend, and that includes Mike Anderson. And Mike Anderson gets along with EVERYONE!

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 9 months ago

"Polishing turds" = "Silk from a sow's ear". I guess you graduated from Baylor.

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