There has been a tremendous amount of hubbub surrounding Coach Fran and the brevity of his stay in College Station. While replacing Fran with a warm body that has seen a football game in the last 30 years would be an upgrade, the faithful Ags face a tougher road in replacing their hoops coach.
The new Kentucky coach made basketball A&M's best sport...but were they as good as we thought they were?
The new site Basketball Prospectus posted a very interesting article centering on the differences in official scoring for some teams at home vs. on the road. Turns out that A&M had the biggest discrepancy from home to road in their assist rate. As in biggest out of all 337 teams that play D-I basketball.
"So to summarize: At home, Texas A&M was one of the best assisting teams in college basketball history. Away from home, they were the worst major conference team in sharing the ball."
I love Acie Law IV as a player, I think he's an amazing talent who has the ability to take over games and is the best clutch shooter I've seen in NCAA ball since Laettner. Law was not a 'pass-first' point guard in college...whether that was by design of the offense, lack of skill around him, or an intrinsic part of his character is up for debate.
Hawks fans will be waiting anxiously for an answer.