One of the biggest challenges Billy Gillispie is facing during his first year as Tech's coach is instilling a tough mindset in a group of young players, getting them to understand that intensity can't waver when shots aren't falling.
Following Texas Tech’s 67-59 loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Billy Gillispie reflected on the previous game he had coached inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, when nothing was going right for his Texas A&M team early in the contest.
Yet, at the same time, everything was.
“The last time we were in here (with Texas A&M),” Gillispie recalled, “we played about 10 or 12 minutes and had about 12 points. But we had a five- or seven-point lead against a team with three McDonald’s All-Americans, because we were so mentally tough that we would always guard.