UT Martin Drops UTRGV: Four Lessons Learned

UT Martin (1-1) began its campaign under Head Coach Anthony Stewart this weekend.  Despite a narrow loss t Ole Miss (1-0), the November 13th home opener versus University of Texas-Rio Grand Valley (0-1) presented Coach Stewart and his Skyhawks an excellent opportunity.

  1.  The Martin men are athletic and clearly eager to play uptempo.
  2. Matthew Butler is going to take low-percentage shots.   Last year UT Martin took, and often made, difficult shots.  Transfer Matthew Butler appears eager to continue that trend.   Butler began his college career with URI.  Though he played in almost every game, Butler was low offensive priority.  Judging by his performance Sunday afternoon he is making up for lost time.  Butler has a quick shot, but that doesn’t mean it is accurate.  Wow, he shoots a lot of hurried, unlikely shots.  Not a fan of his game Sunday.
  3. Fatodd Lewis is ready to capture his rightful place in the rotation.  The 6-foot-8 wing, Lewis showed glimpses of stardom last season.  His minutes dipped severely by January.  Coach Stewart knows how good Lewis can be.  Lewis might not know, but it is evident that he is something special.     Lewis scored 17 points in 24 minutes.  He committed five turnovers and hauled in five rebounds.
  4.  The Skyhawks are an emotional squad and often play to the competition, even within a game.  Facing Ole Miss they were great clawing back from behind.  Facing a much worse, undermanned UTRGV, UT Martin’s players fought hard in the first half and then let their shooting percentage plummet after the break.  Playing with a lead can be tough.  The inclination is to let off the gas, but this is treacherous.

UT Martin plays again Tuesday at 7 PM against Cumberland (NAIA).  Tickets available.

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