It was like going to Silver Dollar City and watching a master craftsman at work. But instead of forging a horseshoe or weaving a wicker basket, Omier was pounding slams and robbing boards.
The last three Red Wolves opponents have shot 32%, 37% and 36.7%.
Are the Red Wolves ready for Texas Tech? You can read the performance against Mississippi Valley in a number of ways.
The connection between Eaton ands Sills is growing stronger. Sills is gaining confidence as the primary scorer as Eaton does as Eaton does and that’s come up big in tough moments.
Against the heroically undersized Harding Bison, the sound I heard resonating from the Red Wolves was KER-THWAK.
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.