It is episode three of the daily podcasts. It is the start of having two podcast episodes a day leading up to games starting on Thursday. The conference opener for both Seattle and Tarleton takes place on Thursday. The Redhawks host preseason favorite New Mexico State. And Tarleton travels to St. George to take on Dixie State.
Play-by-play voice of the Redhawks Russell Brown joined the episode. Brown discusses the Big Three in the Seattle lineup. Riley Grigsby, Darrion Trammell and Cameron Tyson can all light up the scoreboard. But, what is most impressive is the Redhawks have won nine games thus far and its usually been two of the three putting up big numbers. We have yet to see all three in the same game put up monster numbers. That is scary.
Brown also talks about the experience and leadership especially considering former head coach Jim Hayford had to resign two days before the season started. Chris Victor was named the interim head coach and has led Seattle to one of its best starts in program history. The Redhawks have a little more size but have the versatility to put multiple different lineups on the floor. And they open against the King of the Hill so there is a lot of motivation going into the WAC opener.
Is Tarleton for Real?
Texans play-by-play voice Casey Hogan stopped by to talk about this simple fact. We talk about what makes Freddy Hicks so tough despite being outsized on most nights. The Texans know how to defend and teams rarely have a time when there aren’t two or three hands creating a lot of chaos on the defensive end.
Billy Gillispie is a hard-nosed coach and that is what he gets out of his players. Tarleton has a 6-7 man rotation and that probably won’t change. Gillispie trusts these players who have earned that right. Shamir Bogues is one of the nation’s leaders in steals with 29 total. Montre Gipson plays like a giant despite being one of the smallest players on the floor. And Texan players love playing for Gillispie according to Hogan.
Opening WAC play at Dixie State presents its challenges. However, after playing the toughest schedule in the nation in November, the Texans have the confidence to compete with anyone.
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