21.Nov.2010 Basketball Comments: Texas Southern @ OSU
Below is the scouting report on Texas Southern, taken from the Beavers official site:
Texas Southern returns seven letter winners and two starters from a team that went 17-16 last season and 11-7 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Tony B. Harvey is in his third year as the head coach and as 24-41 record in his first two seasons. The Tigers are 0-3 this season with losses to Drake, Wichita State and Oklahoma. Kevin Galloway led Texas Southern with 19 points in an 82-52 loss to the Sooners on Thursday night. He's a transfer from Kentucky competing in his first year and had 20 points against the Shockers and eight in his first game against Drake. Redshirt freshman Lawrence Johnson-Danner had 22 points against Wichita State and 11 against Oklahoma. The Tigers have nine players on their roster during their current five-game road trip.
The bottom line is that Texas Southern has some experience and Kentucky transfer. They have no wins, and they're in the 4th game of a 5 game road trip, so they'll be hungry. It would be nice if the Beavers athleticism began transferring to wins on the court, but what we're going through now are growing pains. The Beavers need to learn how to win, and there are different types of wins, such as holding on when ahead (Seattle), coming from behind, and winning when the pressure is on. They need to learn all of these before they can be considered a good team. Right now they are a below average team with a lot of promise.
What I'll be looking for (or listening, since the game is only available on gametracker) are improved, sound fundamentals, specifically free throw shooting and rebounding. The basics of the game must improve and come naturally for the players before fans see dramatic improvement.