Tuesday night's home opener for the Arkansas State Basketball was a lot more about the Red Wolves than the team they were playing.
ASU defeated University of Arkansas Monticello 76-47 in front of over 2,700 fans, but veteran Coach John Brady was very adamant about what factor was the most important to him and his team.
"It's not about who we were playing," Brady said. "It's about how were are playing. I'm more concerned on our improvement, how we are playing the game. That's what I'm looking for out of this game."
Brady has a vision and a plan for his basketball team, while he saw some improvement Tuesday night, there are things he wants to accomplish.
"What I'm trying to do is to get our team to play consistently for 40 minutes," Brady said after the game. "Defensively, rebounding, at a high level of sense of urgency and concentration. I thought we made a little progress defensively. I thought we were pretty accurate for the most part, we tried to rebound the ball.better."
There were two things that Brady was not pleased with in his team's home opener.
"Our turnovers, 22 in that game is not good enough to go win on the road, 9 for 17 from the free throw line isn't good enough to win on the road. We have to be consistent in more phases of the game than we are right now."
Arkansas State now will venture on a two game road trip, with games at UT Martin and University of Central Arkansas, two games that Brady feels that his team need to win.
"Those are two games we need to get wins in," Brady said in an earlier interview Tuesday with AStateNation Sports Radio.
One area that the Red Wolves pleased Brady was with their defensive performance against UAM, keeping the Boll Weevils to 35.2 percent shooting from the field.
"Anytime you can keep a team below 40 percent you have a chance to be successful," Brady said. "If you play defense like the way I would like us to play defense, like some of the best teams I have ever coached before, you can beat teams if you hold them to that number even if you have an off night offensively. That's how I would like to see this team play."
Arkansas State jumped out to a 41-22 lead at the intermission before pulling away from UAM by the final score of 76-47.
Senior Forward Brandon Peterson put up a double, double performance, scoring 12 points and producing 15 rebounds.
"Brandon got better defensively as the game went along," Brady said. "He was better, I would like him to average a double, double, that's what I'm pushing him to do. I need him to do that all the time, he has to be better from the free throw line."
The Red Wolves shot 54.7 percent from the field in their home opener.
"The score of this game isn't important," Brady said. "It's about where we want to go from here, it's about us playing better as a team, it's not about who we played tonight. It's more about us and how we played. We have to get better."
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