It all seemed out of sorts.
On one side of the floor at the Bridgestone Arena, Texas A&M assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim was running with the scout team. On the other side, all-SEC performer Danuel House was limping around in a boot, shooting free throws.
House is officially a no go. How the Aggies will make up for his 15 points a game at the SEC tournament remains a question.
A&M coach Billy Kennedy started sophomore Davonte Fitzgerald in the regular season finale, but had more luck, at least at first, with freshman Peyton Allen. Then there is the possibility of seeing freshman point guard on the court more with Alex Caruso.
Kennedy would not tip his hand, saying it depended on who they play and the situation.
No matter which avenue Kennedy takes it’s not a good scenario for the Aggies, who are in dire need of two wins in Nashville, Tennessee for an opportunity to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.
The Aggies practiced at Vanderbilt in the morning and then went through a 45-minute workout at the site of the SEC tournament. Individual drills, shots at both ends of the arena and a little defense against the scout team was all there was time for before heading off for media duties and picking out their “participation gifts.”
The mood was not one of gloom and doom, but the Aggies know what they are up against.
NCAA tournament bids were the main topic from media outside those that talk regularly to the players and coaches.
The what ifs of beating Kentucky way back in January and/or Alabama in the last outing was asked over and over and then addressed.
To the Aggies’ credit they did not hide from the questions, admitting a win in either game, especially against Kentucky, and the pressure of having to get a result on Thursday and again on Friday would likely be gone.
As it is, with House out, a win on Thursday in no guarantee, whether its Auburn or Mississippi State, and then a third win on the season over LSU would be quite a feat.