On the latest Fun Belt Podcast, I play some one-on-one with Arkansas State head basketball coach Mike Balado to discuss the upcoming Sun Belt season and the positive energy pulsating from the team.
Nostalgia won’t win games, though. Last year’s team finished 11-13 (7-8) However, you could see that there was something different about the 2020-21 version of the Red Wolves. They played with cohesion. They began to reduce mistakes. Those painfully long scoring droughts melted away.
Bottomline: Balado now has a team with as much talent as anyone in the Sun Belt. He has perimeter shooting, rebounds, big game experience and leadership on the floor. He doesn’t have a “back to the basket” big, but he’s not that concerned. In fact, I haven’t seen him this stoked for some time.