Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Basketball Notebook: Can Texas A&M Turn It Around?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Basketball Notebook: Can Texas A&M Turn It Around?

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Less than two weeks ago, Texas A&M began SEC play as the fifthuranked team in the country, with a threeupoint loss to Arizona on a neutral court its only blemish.

Suddenly, the Aggies are the only winless team in league play and might have already cost themselves a shot at the regular season title.

Injuries, an illness and a suspension have forced coach Billy Kennedy to shuffle his lineup recently, but nothing has worked during the team's fourugame losing streak.

"It's only going to get better," Kennedy said after a 74u73 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

A good sign against the Wildcats was the return of guard Admon Gilder and forward Robert Williams.

Gilder scored 14 points after missing five games with a knee injury, and Williams added 12 after sitting one out because he was sick.

Kennedy has also had to juggle a threeugame suspension to guard DJ Hogg as well as a knee injury that has kept guard Duane Wilson out the past three games.

Wilson was the only player to miss the game against the Wildcats, meaning the Aggies could finally be in position to put together a winning streak.

"Everyone in our league knows how good they are," Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Maybe, but they still need to prove it.

Texas A&M plays at Tennessee on Saturday before the schedule lightens a bit ahead of a nonuconference game at Kansas on Jan. 27.

What a shot

If firstuyear LSU coach Will Wade is able to turn the Tigers into consistent winners, he might look back on the final three seconds of a win over Texas A&M as a reason why.

Wade's team battled back late in the second half Saturday and watched as talented freshman guard Tremont Waters caught an inbounds pass and buried an offubalance 3upointer from several feet behind the arc.

It was the second such shot Waters hit in as many possessions. And it stunned the Aggies.

"We needed something good to happen to us," Wade said. "Certainly, I think that shot can provide a jolt for us, can give us something that we can build off of as we move forward. …

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