We can be honest about it. This isn't how anyone visioned the start of men's basketball conference action, at 2-4 with three straight losses heading into a tough matchup against UTSA (3-2 SLC). The Bearkats are coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, scoring only 49 points against SFA.
It was ugly. SHSU missed all of its eleven 3-pointers attempted and shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the second half. Story of the year. Usually, the effort is there. With some exceptions, the Kats are good about executing. It just hasn't been enough.
Nonetheless, consider the glass half full. The Bearkats already knocked off UTSA in the first conference game of the season. Coach Hooten is more than likely demanding everything from his team going into this game, with their backs against the wall in a sense.
The losses against Texas State and A&M-CC were close. Some would say the Kats should have beaten UTA in the first conference loss of the season. Those were all games SHSU could have or should have won. So much for history.
What the Bearkats can look forward to is a home game against a team they've beaten already, before getting a week to recover. Then they play Southeastern Louisiana, another group with a losing conference record (2-3). SHSU is better than both UTA and Corpus, teams they've fallen to and the opponents following Southeastern.
Even though the Kats are struggling, it's not far off to think they could be 6-4 on Feb. 14 when they travel to McNeese St.
Don't underestimate the value of having three seniors with Southland Conference Championship rings and even a first year head coach who's done it as an assistant. Remember that change induces an immediate struggle.
Fortunately for SHSU, the season is relatively young.
Even though it's been ugly, and we can be honest about it, it's been ugly. The situation could definitely be worse.
-- Brandon Scott