March 2, 2009
A&M back in postseason chase with win streak
Just a few weeks ago, Texas A&M was left for dead in college basketball's postseason cemetery. The Aggies, however, roared back to life by handling Texas at home on ESPN's Big Monday and haven't looked back since, winning four in a row.
But to A&M head coach Mark Turgeon, the turnaround was in the works well before the current four-game win streak. Instead, he could see the changes during the preceding three-game losing streak.
"I thought we were turning it around really before we started to win. I thought we played well at OU. I thought we played pretty well at Baylor, but they made a lot of shots and had a great night. I thought we were playing better and we were playing with more confidence. It helps to win, obviously, and it continues to grow," Turgeon said. "We've just become a little bit better road team and finished out some games on the road that we weren't finishing out earlier in the year. We're definitely more confident and continue to improve. I think this team, at times, in different areas has continued to improve all year and that's why we're playing better right now."
During that seven-game stretch, one of the biggest individual improvements has come from senior small forward Josh Carter who is averaging 17.14 points per game over the stretch, including three 20-point efforts. After draining the buzzer-beating three-pointer to sink Nebraska in Lincoln, Carter poured in a career-high 29 points in the 87-69 win over Iowa State at Reed Arena Saturday.
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