COLLEGE STATION, TX -- No. 16 Texas A&M (17-4, 4-3) plays host to Baylor (14-7, 4-4) in a crucial Big 12 battle Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Aggies, winners of 30 of their last 32 games at Reed Arena, are in a tie for third place in the league, one-half game ahead of the Bears. The game will air nationally on ESPN.
Reserved seats are now sold out. A limited number of general admission tickets may be sold to the public for $15.00. These tickets will be for general admission seating in sections 210-216.
These seats can only be purchased in person at the box office or over the phone by calling (979) 845-2311 or 888-99-AGGIE.
Students who have purchased an all-sports option can attend the game on a seat-available basis by simply presenting their student ID at the north or south student entrances to Reed Arena. Additional student ticket information for the game is available on the men's basketball page at aggieathletics.com.
GAME 22: (#16/16) Texas A&M AGGIES (17-4, 4-3)
vs Baylor BEARS (14-7, 4-4)
Saturday, February 5, 2011 • 1:05 PM (CT) • TV: ESPN HD
Reed Arena (12,989) • College Station, Texas
TELEVISION: ESPN HD
Jon Sciambi, Play-by-Play
Fran Fraschilla, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Sports Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local/Internet: WTAW-AM 1620/radioaggieland.com
Satellite Radio: Sirius 122/XM 143
Series: A&M leads, 127-74
In College Station: A&M leads, 74-28
At Reed Arena: A&M leads, 9-3 (W2)
In Waco: A&M leads, 50-44
At Ferrell Center: series tied, 11-11 (L2)
At Neutral Sites: A&M leads, 3-2
At Big 12 Tournament: BU leads, 1-0
Current Win Streak: Baylor, 1 game
Longest A&M Win Streak: 11 games
Longest BU Win Streak: 8 games
Largest A&M Win: 52-10 (1919-20)
Largest BU Win: 97-45 (2001-02)
Mark Turgeon vs. Baylor: 3-3
Scott Drew vs. A&M: 5-9
Last Meeting: BU, 70-66 (Feb. 24, 2010 in Waco)
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record: 17-4, 4-3 Big 12
Ranking: 16th (USAT/ESPN), 16th (AP)
NCAA RPI / Sagarin Rating: 17 / 28
Streak: Lost 2
Last 5 / Last 10: 2-3 / 7-3
At Home: 12-1
Last Game: lost to (#3) Texas (H), 69-49 (Monday)
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon (Kansas ‘87)
Record: 243-154 (13th year)
at Texas A&M: 90-35 (4th year)
vs. Baylor: 3-3
A&M Probable Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG APG GP / Min
5 Dash Harris G 6-1 175 Jr. 4.3 2.8 3.5 21 / 27.9
10 David Loubeau F 6-8 230 Jr. 10.6 5.2 0.4 21 / 25.1
11 B.J. Holmes G 5-11 175 Sr. 9.3 2.9 3.4 21 / 28.7
22 Khris Middleton F 6-7 215 So. 15.0 4.8 2.7 21 / 28.1
45 Nathan Walkup F 6-7 210 Sr. 9.8 5.8 1.3 21 / 24.1
Record: 14-7, 4-4 Big 12
Ranking: RV (AP), RV (USAT/ESPN)
NCAA RPI / Sagarin Rating: 86 / 65
Streak: Lost 1
Last 5 / Last 10: 2-3 / 6-4
On the Road: 1-3
Last Game: lost at Oklahoma (A), 73-66 (Wednesday)
Head Coach: Scott Drew (Butler '93)
Record: 143-121 (9th year)
at Baylor: 123-110 (8th year)
vs. Texas A&M: 5-9
Baylor Probable Starters (based on previous game)
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG APG GP/Min
5 Perry Jones III F/C 6-10 220 Fr. 14.1 7.0 1.1 21 / 33.0
11 J'mison Morgan F/C 6-10 240 Jr. 2.4 2.1 1.0b 21 / 11.8
22 A.J. Walton G 6-1 190 So. 8.7 3.5 5.4 20 / 32.7
24 LaceDarius Dunn G 6-4 205 Sr. 20.7 4.4 2.3 18 / 34.6
41 Anthony Jones F 6-10 195 Jr. 8.8 5.5 1.0 21 / 28.6
About Baylor (14-7, 4-4)
• Baylor is 14-7 on the year and sits in a tie for fifth in the Big 12 at 4-4 ... the Bears enter the weekend off a tough 73-66 loss at Oklahoma on Wednesday ... the game against the Aggies will mark Baylor's second of the season against a ranked opponent ... BU is 1-3 in true road games this season.
• Baylor returns 8 letterwinners and 2 starters from a 2009-10 team that went 28-8 and finished tied for second in the Big 12 at 11-5 ... the Bears advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Duke ... Scott Drew is in his eighth year in Waco with a record of 123-110.
• Saturday will mark the 202nd meeting between the rivals on the basketball court ... it is the second most-played rivalry in A&M history, behind Texas (219) ... the Aggies lead the all-time series with Baylor, 127-74 ... A&M leads at Reed Arena, 9-3.
• A&M has won 16 of the 29 games between the schools since the formation of the Big 12 ... the teams have split the series each of the last three seasons ... the Aggies have taken 10 of the last 13 meetings.
• Last season, A&M upset No. 20 Baylor 78-71 at Reed Arena, and three weeks later the 22nd-ranked Aggies fell to the 24th-ranked Bears, 70-66, at the Ferrell Center.
Last Time Out: (#24) Baylor 70, (#22) Texas A&M 66
WACO (Feb. 24, 2010)—LaceDarius Dunn had 23 points, including consecutive 3-pointers after Baylor had gone 4 1/2 minutes without a field goal and a pair of late free throws, leading the No. 24 Bears past No. 22 Texas A&M 70-66. Texas A&M (19-8, 8-5 Big 12) had cut what was a 13-point deficit to one when Donald Sloan hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with just over 4 minutes left. Dunn then hit a 3 from the top of the key, a ball that bounced off the rim several times before finally falling through to make it 62-58. That was Baylor's first field goal since Dunn's floater in traffic gave the Bears (21-6, 8-5) a 56-46 lead with 8:16 left. B.J. Holmes hit another 3 for A&M, but Dunn responded with another of his own from the right corner with 3:13 left. That was the last of Dunn's four 3-pointers. Donald Sloan led Texas A&M with 22 points. The Aggies were within 67-66 in the final minute when Ray Turner made two free throws after being fouled by Ekpe Udoh, who had just had a turnover following Sloan's twisting baseline jumper. But Udoh made up for that when he rebounded a miss by teammate Tweety Carter, and Dunn hit two free throws with 17 seconds after being fouled on the same possession. Sloan then missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer. Quincy Acy was fouled on the rebound with 2.2 seconds left, then made one of his free throws. Josh Loomers added 10 points and seven rebounds for Baylor, while Udoh and Acy both had nine points. Bryan Davis had 14 points and 10 rebounds while B.J. Holmes had 11 points for Texas A&M, which had won five of six games with a 78-71 victory over Baylor 2 1/2 weeks earlier.
Last Time at Reed: Texas A&M 78, (#20) Baylor 71
COLLEGE STATION (Feb. 6, 2010)—Bryan Davis scored 22 points and B.J. Holmes hit three late 3-pointers to lead Texas A&M to a 78-71 victory over No. 20 Baylor. The Bears (17-5, 4-4 Big 12) led for most of the game until Baylor was able to rally behind the key 3-pointers by Holmes. Texas A&M (17-6, 6-3), the Big 12's worst 3-point shooting team, stayed true to form for most of the game, finishing 4 of 18 from behind the arc. But Holmes, a 5-foot-11 junior, made 3s with 5:19 and 4:52 remaining to bring the Aggies within one point each time. The Aggies, who won their third straight, took the lead at 65-64 on a free throw by Davis with 3:21 remaining, and Donald Sloan the went 7 of 8 from the free throw line over the final 3:02. Holmes came through again from long range with 1:31 remaining, when his 3-pointer gave A&M a 72-66 lead. LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears with 23 points. Sloan finished with 20 points.
• Under Mark Turgeon, the Aggies have won 12 of their last 14 games following a loss ... A&M rebounded from a tough two-point loss to Boston College on Nov. 25 with a 29-point win over Manhattan the next day ... the Aggies never trailed in the game, and held the Jaspers to 7 points over the final 13 minutes ... on Jan. 22, the Aggies put a mid-week loss at Texas behind them with a hard-fought, 64-56 win over Kansas State.
Reed Arena Struggles for Foes
• A&M is 12-1 at home this year, a feat due in no small part to the Aggies' defensive effort all season long ... opponents are shooting 39.6 percent inside Reed and averaging 58.8 points per game.
• Only 4 teams have shot better than 40 percent on A&M's home floor—Missouri (52.2), Texas (50.0), McNeese State (41.8) and Pacific (41.4).
• Only 4 teams have scored more than 60 points on A&M's home floor—Missouri (89 in OT), Texas (69), Prairie View A&M (63) and Washington (62).
Home, Sweet Home
• A&M has won 30 of its last 32 home games, including 13 of its last 15 in Big 12 play ... the Aggies are 43-4 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 16-4 mark in conference games ... those 4 losses have come to Kansas (#1), Texas (#3), Oklahoma (#5) and Kansas State.
• The Aggies are 77-7 (.917) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 109-13 (.893) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 25 straight home games against unranked opponents (9 straight in Big 12 play) ... under Turgeon, the Aggies are 48-3 against unranked opponents at Reed Arena, including a 13-3 mark against unranked Big 12 teams.
• The Aggies are the only Big 12 team to win at least 15 home games for the last six consecutive seasons.
• A&M is 151-55 (.733) in its 13th season at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 110-14 since.
• The Aggies have won 60 straight non-conference games at Reed Arena ... the streak dates back to the start of the 2005-06 season and includes wins over Arizona, Alabama, LSU and Washington, among others ... the last home non-conference loss for the Aggies was to St. Joseph's (58-51) in the 2005 NIT quarterfinals ... A&M is 92-9 all-time in non-conference games at Reed (.911).
• Texas A&M has won 73 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games ... the last non-conference team to beat the Aggies at Reed Arena was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (82-80) in 2003.
• Texas A&M broke its home attendance record three times in 2010, including the current mark of 13,717 vs. Texas (Feb. 27) ... A&M sold out four games, topping the 13,000 mark in each game ... the Aggies' season average of 9,889 ranked second on the school chart behind the record of 10,343 set in Turgeon's first season in 2007-08 ... A&M has posted its top five single game marks, and two of the top three season averages, under Turgeon.
• The top 20 single-game attendance marks in A&M history have been set since the start of the 2005-06 season ... the top 15 non-conference attendance marks also have been set in that time span ... a list of Reed's largest crowds is on page 11.
Success Against Ranked Teams
• The Aggies are 4-1 this season against ranked opponents, picking up a 54-51 win over Temple (No. 20 USAT/ESPN, No. 21 AP) on Nov. 28 at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, a 63-62 win over Washington (No. 21 AP, No. 22 USAT/ESPN) on Dec. 11 at Reed Arena, a 91-89 home victory over Missouri (No. 12 USAT/ESPN, No. 15 AP) on Jan. 15, and a 64-56 defeat of Kansas State (No. 24 USAT/ESPN) on Jan. 22 ... the Aggies' only loss came on Jan. 19, 81-60, at Texas (No. 10 AP, No. 11 USAT/ESPN).
• The four wins against ranked opponents ties for the second-most in school history and is one shy of the all-time record, held by the 1978-79 team (5) ... both last year's squad and the 2006-07 Sweet 16 team had 4 wins vs ranked foes.
MOST TOP-25 WINS, SCHOOL HISTORY
Season Wins Teams (ranking)
1. 1978-79 5 Indiana (10), UNLV (15), USF (19), Kentucky (11), Arkansas (11)
2. 2010-11 4 Temple (20), Washington (21), Missouri (12), K-State (24)
2009-10 4 Clemson (19), Minnesota (16), Baylor (20), Texas (21)
2006-07 4 Oklahoma St (12), Kansas (6), Texas (25), Louisville (16)
5. 2005-06 3 Colorado (25), Texas (6), Syracuse (21)
• 2010 marked only the third time in school history that an A&M team has scored at least two regular-season wins against ranked non-conference foes ... two of the three times have come under Mark Turgeon (2009-10 and 2010-11) ... legendary coach Shelby Metcalf won 4 in the 1978-79 season.
• Mark Turgeon is 4-2 at A&M in games against ranked non-conference opponents during the regular season ... his teams have won three straight.
• A&M played 12 ranked teams last season and five already this year (Temple, Washington, Missouri, Texas, K-State) ... the Aggies will play 2 other games against teams ranked in the latest AP poll (Jan. 24), including Kansas (2nd) and Texas (10th).
Aggies in the NCAA Rankings
• In the latest NCAA rankings (as of Jan. 30), A&M ranked 4th nationally in rebounding margin (+10.3), trailing only Pitt (13.2), Old Dominion (10.9) and Drexel (10.3) ... the Aggies have out-rebounded 18 of 20 opponents this season ... A&M is 81-13 under Turgeon (17-1 this year) when matching or out-rebounding their foes.
• A&M also ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense (58.7 ppg) ... Stephen F. Austin, whom the Aggies beat at Reed Arena on Dec. 2, leads the nation (53.3).
• At the statistical release, the Aggies were holding opponents to 40 percent shooting, which ranks 40th nationally ... A&M ranks 12th nationally in 3-point field goal defense, with foes shooting just 29.3 percent from behind the arc.
Protecting the Ball
• Texas A&M has done a good job limiting turnovers of late ... over the last 8 games, the Aggies have averaged 11.3 turnovers per game (14.6 average through first 12 games) ... A&M has avoided double-digit turnovers three times this year, all coming in the last month (9 vs McNeese State, 9 vs Missouri, 8 at Texas).
• The Aggies entered the Jan. 22 game with Kansas State averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, but committed 13 TOs in the first half alone (a season high) ... A&M committed just four in the second half, with two of those coming in the first 2 minutes of play after the break ... the Aggies turned the ball over just twice over the game's final 18 minutes, outscoring K-State 35-24 over that span en route to an 8-point victory.
Big 12 Notables
• The Aggies won 4 of their first 5 Big 12 games, matching the 2006-07 team for the best Big 12 start in school history.
• Texas A&M matched its best-ever finish in Big 12 play last season, tying for second place with an 11-5 record ... it was the Aggies' second-best record in league history, trailing only the 2006-07 squad (13-3) ... A&M was 7-1 at home and 4-4 on the road in conference tilts in 2010.
• The Aggies have won 45 Big 12 games since the start of the 2007 league season ... prior to that, A&M had totaled only 43 victories in the first 10 years of Big 12 play.
• With a win at Oklahoma on Jan. 8, Texas A&M has now won 4 of its last 5 Big 12 openers after going winless in its first 10 tries.
• Texas A&M matched the best 20-game start in school history with a 17-3 record to open the year.
BEST 20-GAME STARTS, SCHOOL HISTORY
Season 20-Gm Record Final Record Postseason
1. 2010-11 17-3 ?? ??
2006-07 17-3 27-7 NCAA Sweet 16
1959-60 17-3 19-5 —
4. 2007-08 16-4 25-11 NCAA 2nd Round
1978-79 16-4 24-9 NIT Final 6
1975-76 16-4 21-6 —
7. 2008-09 15-5 24-10 NCAA 2nd Round
2004-05 15-5 21-10 NIT Quarterfinals
1979-80 15-5 26-8 NCAA Sweet 16
• Mark Turgeon's other A&M teams were 16-4 (2007-08), 16-4 (2008-09) and 14-6 (2009-10) through 20 games.
• Of note, the 1919-20 team had the best start (and finish) in school history, completing the year a perfect 19-0.
Thirteen in a Row
• Texas A&M rattled off 13 straight wins over just under a two-month span from Nov. 26-Jan. 15 ... the 13-game streak was the longest in 91 years and the third-longest in school history, and included wins over then No. 12 Missouri, then No. 20 Temple, then No. 21 Washington and against Arkansas on a neutral court in Dallas.
LONGEST WIN STREAKS, TEXAS A&M HISTORY
1. 1919-21* 25
2. 1914-16* 20
3. 2010-11 13
4. 2004-05 11
* spanned two seasons
• The 13-game win streak was A&M's longest since the school-record 25-game streak which spanned the 1919-20 and 1920-21 seasons ... it also was the longest in Mark Turgeon's coaching career, as his 2006-07 Wichita State team won its first 11 games of the season ... it was the third time a Turgeon-coached A&M team has won at least eight straight games (13 games, 2010-11; 10 games, 2008-09; 8 games, 2007-08).
• Over the 13-game win streak, Aggie foes averaged just under 55 points per game and were out-rebounded by a margin of 10.4 boards ... a closer look at the numbers:
WIN STREAK STATS
A&M Points/Game 72.2
Opponent Points/Game 57.4
Margin of Victory +14.8
Opponent FG Pct. .386
Opponent 3-Pt FG Pct. .286
Rebound Margin +10.4
Opp. Combined Record (as of 1/17) 127-88 (.591)
• Every Aggie opponent on the 13-game streak was held under its season average (not counting overtime periods) ... in addition, only two teams on the streak shot better than their season average (Missouri and Pacific).
• In the last 3 minutes of games on the win streak, the Aggie defense held foes to 24.2 percent (16-of-66) from the field.
Locking it Down
• The Aggies have used quite a few key defensive showings en route to their 17-4 start ... a look at some of the defensive efforts that have led to victories so far this season:
A&M'S LATE-GAME DEFENSIVE STANDS
Opponent Clock Situation Opponent rest of game Result Notable
Kansas State 4:55 left tied (48-48) 2 FG, 2 FT W, 64-56 late 3-ptr came with :12 left & 9-pt lead
Missouri 1:35 left-OT down 2 (87-85) 1 FG, 0 FT W, 91-89 (OT) MU's bucket came on tip-in at end of game
Oklahoma St. 15:08 left up 3 (43-40) 1 FG, 6 FT W, 71-48 OSU scoreless over final 5:41
Nicholls St. 4:09 left up 9 (62-53) 0 FG, 2 FT W, 66-55
McNeese St. 3:43 left up 3 (56-53) 2 FG, 0 FT W, 66-57 last MSU FG came w/:00.1 left in game
Arkansas 6:42 left down 6 (58-52) 0 FG, 2 FT W, 71-62 (OT) UA also scoreless in OT until layup w/:16 left
Washington 5:02 left up 5 (61-56) 2 FG, 2 FT W, 63-62
Pacific 5:19 left up 9 (63-54) 1 FG, 2 FT W, 79-59 FG was 3-pointer with :06 left in game
SFA 3:00 left up 7 (57-50) 1 FG, 0 FT W, 62-53
Temple 6:42 left down 1 (47-46) 1 FG, 2 FT W, 54-51
Manhattan 12:49 left up 5 (43-38) 2 FG, 3 FT W, 74-45
• In the last 3 minutes of games this season, the Aggie defense has held foes to 28.3 percent shooting (28-of-99) from the field and 23.4 percent (11-of-47) from 3-point range.
Making a Stand
• A&M has held 9 of its opponents under 38 percent shooting from the field ... under Turgeon, the Aggies are 50-4 (10-0 this year) when their opponent shoots under 40 percent and are 81-21 (16-2) when they make under 50 percent.
• Only six of the Aggies' foes—Texas (58%), Missouri (52.2%), Texas (50%), Boston College (48.9%), A&M-Corpus Christi (46.7%) and Nebraska (43.8%)—have shot better than 42 percent in a game this year.
• Texas A&M is 78-14 under Turgeon (16-3 this year) when opponents score under 70 points ... the high-water mark for an opponent this year is 89 points (Missouri, Jan. 15 in OT).
• A&M faced the nation's leading scorer, Nicholls State's Anatoly Bose (25.0 PPG), on Jan. 3 ... the Aggies held Bose to just 6 points on 1-of-12 shooting ... 4 of his 6 points came from the free-throw line ... Bose had hit double figures in 23 consecutive games dating back to last year and had not scored fewer than 15 points this season ... his only field goal came with just under 17 minutes left in the game.
• Texas A&M's defense, which had been strong all season, faced a tough test on Dec. 11 from the nation's best offense in Washington and shined brightly ... A&M held Washington, who entered the contest averaging 95.5 points per game, to a season-low 62 points ... the Aggies held the Huskies to a season-low 37.7 percent shooting (entered averaging 51.3%) ... A&M's defense allowed UW 6-of-22 (27.3%) shooting from the 3-point arc (entered averaging 47.5%) ... A&M forced Washington into a season-high 20 turnovers.
Cashing in From the Charity Stripe
• Texas A&M is shooting 71.4 percent from the free-throw line this season, fifth-best in the Big 12 (Colorado, 78.0) ... that puts the Aggies on track for one of the top free-throw percentages in school history:
HIGHEST FT PCT., TEXAS A&M HISTORY
1. 1967-68 74.4
2. 1975-76 72.8
4. 1960-61 72.2
5. 1972-73 71.7
6. 2006-07 71.6
8. 2010-11 71.4
10. 1973-74 71.2
• A&M has shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe in 12 of 21 games this season ... the low-water mark for the team this year is a 43-percent showing at Nebraska (6-for-14) ... by comparison, last season A&M shot 66.1 percent from the line and shot 70% or better 13 times in 34 games.
• A&M's senior class needs 11 more wins to become the winningest class in school history ... it is just the fourth class in school history to total at least 90 victories ... the Class of 2011 is 90-35 (.720) entering Saturday's game with Baylor, trailing only the 2010 (100-38, .725), 2009 (98-37, .726) and 2008 (95-37, .720) classes in the record books.
• An NCAA bid would make the 2011 seniors just the third class in school history to advance to four NCAA Tournaments, joining those from the Classes of 2009 and 2010.
Elite Poll Company
• Texas A&M (No. 19 football, No. 16 basketball) is one of only FOUR schools nationally to be ranked in the top 20 in the latest AP poll in both football and men's hoops ... Ohio State (#1 MBB/#5 FB), Wisconsin (#19 MBB, #7 FB) and Missouri (#14 MBB/#18 FB) are the others.
• A&M (No. 19 football, No. 16 MBB, No. 6 WBB) is the ONLY school to be ranked in the top 20 in the latest AP poll in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
• The loss of A&M's top three scorers from last year (Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland, Bryan Davis) appeared to be a challenge that would have to be met by a "team" effort, and so far that's been the case ... ... the Aggies have four players averaging at least 9 points per game in Khris Middleton (15.0), David Loubeau (10.6), Nathan Walkup (9.8) and B.J. Holmes (9.3).
• A total of 9 players have combined for 62 double-figure outings (Middleton 17, Holmes 11, Walkup 11, Loubeau 9, Hibbert 6, Roberson 5, Turner 1, Harris 1, Lewis 1) through 21 games.
Cracking the Top 10
• Texas A&M earned its first top-10 ranking in over three years this month, checking in at No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll (Jan. 17) ... the last time the Aggies sat in the national top 10 was on Nov. 26, 2007, when they were ranked ninth in both major polls.
• It also marked just the fifth time in school history that a Texas A&M team has broken the top 10 in a season, joining the 1959-60, 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads ... A&M's school-record ranking in the polls is No. 6, set in the 2006-07 season.
• The Aggies have won 11 of their last 17 games away from Reed Arena dating back to early February of last season ... three of those six losses have been by 4 points or less ... A&M's setbacks in that stretch came at No. 24 Baylor (70-66), against No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals in Kansas City (79-66), in overtime to No. 10 Purdue in the NCAA Second Round in Spokane (63-61), on Thanksgiving Day vs Boston College (67-65) in Orlando, at No. 10 Texas (81-60) and most recently at Nebraska (57-48).
• Texas A&M has won nearly 75 percent of its games since the start of the 2006-07 season (117-42, .736) ... the Aggies are 160-60 (.727) since the beginning of the '04-05 campaign.
• Mark Turgeon (90 wins) has matched D.X. Bible (90 in seven seasons) as the third-winningest coach in school history ... Turgeon needs 3 more to eclipse Bob Rogers (92 in six seasons) as the second-winningest coach in A&M annals ... Shelby Metcalf (438 wins in 26 1/2 seasons) is the Aggies' all-time winningest coach.
• The Aggies will play five of their next seven on the road, beginning with road games this week at Colorado (8 p.m. Wednesday, ESPNU) and Texas Tech (12:45 p.m. Saturday, Big 12 Network) ... A&M's next home game is Wednesday, Feb. 16 vs Iowa State.
LAST TIME OUT: (#3) Texas 69, (#16) Texas A&M 49
COLLEGE STATION (Jan. 31)—Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points to help No. 3 Texas to a 69-49 victory over No. 16 Texas A&M on Monday night, the Longhorns' first victory in College Station since 2004. Texas never trailed and built a 25-point lead by halftime thanks to hot shooting and their trademark stifling defense. The Aggies outscored the Longhorns by five points in the second half, but the dominant first half kept Texas (19-3, 7-0) undefeated in the Big 12. B.J. Holmes had 19 points for Texas A&M. He bruised his right knee late in the game and had to sit out. The Longhorns haven't lost since dropping an 82-81 overtime decision to Connecticut on Jan. 8 and are 7-0 in league play for the first time since 1977-78. Texas harassed the Aggies into their worst shooting performance of the season at just under 31 percent and their 17 field goals were one off their season low. The Longhorns have held each of their Big 12 opponents to 63 points or fewer and two of the last three haven't reached 50. Khris Middleton, who entered the game leading the Aggies in scoring at almost 16 points a game, was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting with Hamilton guarding him. Texas A&M had trouble on offense all night, but never was it more pronounced than when Kourtney Roberson tried for a dunk only to see it fall into the net and then pop back out. It was so close to being a basket that the official statistics initially credited A&M with a field goal. The points were taken away when the scorers realized the error. Texas was up by 20 points before they reeled off six straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Hamilton, to extend the lead to 43-17 with 3 minutes left in the half. They led 45-20 at halftime. The Longhorns led by six points early in the first half before using a 24-6 run to build a 34-12 lead with just under 6 minutes remaining in the first half. The Aggies couldn't get anything going in that span and had six turnovers and missed 10 shots. Cory Joseph had 11 points and fellow freshman Tristan Thompson added 10 points and had three of the Longhorns' nine blocks.
Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon: "I've been doing this 24 years as an assistant coach and head coach, and I haven't seen many teams as good as Texas. Playing at the level they're playing at, I thought they were fantastic. I think Texas really played at a high level. I told Rick, if they keep working hard and getting better that they can win a National Championship, and I don't say that very much. With that said, we played with panic the first five minutes of the game, shot it quick. Our effort wasn't going. I apologize to Texas A&M fans and family. Our team isn't playing at the level it can. We're just not ourselves. I've been complaining and moping about this team, and it's all coming to a head right now. I know we've taught them how to play, but it just didn't show at times. I think we just got really caught up in ourselves and became really uncoachable. We kept winning, beat a K-State team that didn't play very well here, and I think we just became uncoachable. I've felt this coming for a while, I just hope I can fix it before Saturday. Texas is just such good athletes, they can pressure the ball, then they have shot blockers in the back. They're good. They're dialed in, they played hard for 40 minutes, focused, they're on a mission. They were all pretty focused on Khris. I thought Hamilton was great on both ends, played with great energy, great effort, played harder than my guy did. He took on the challenge."
Postgame Notes: Texas
• Texas A&M lost its first game at Reed Arena this season ... the loss snapped a 14-game home win streak dating back to last year ... the Aggies' only home losses in the previous two years have come to top-3 teams in Kansas (No. 1) and Texas (No. 3).
• The victory was Texas' first in Reed Arena since 2004 ... A&M had won six straight at home over the 'Horns.
• B.J. Holmes scored a season-high 19 points for Texas A&M.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: DEFENSE
• In the latest NCAA rankings (as of Jan. 30), A&M ranked 4th nationally in rebounding margin (+10.3), trailing only Pitt (13.2), Old Dominion (10.9) and Drexel (10.3) ... the Aggies have out-rebounded 18 of 20 opponents this season ... A&M is 81-13 under Turgeon (17-1 this year) when matching or out-rebounding their foes ... A&M is just 8-19 under Turgeon (0-2) when being out-rebounded.
• Texas A&M has out-rebounded three teams this year by 20 or more boards ... the Aggies beat Alcorn State on the glass by 20, A&M International by 25 and Wagner by 27 ... A&M did not out-rebound anyone last season by more than 18.
• Four players are averaging about 4 rebounds per game or more—Nathan Walkup (5.8), David Loubeau (5.2), Khris Middleton (4.8) and Kourtney Roberson (3.9) ... by comparison just two did so last season—Bryan Davis (8.1) and Loubeau (4.7).
• The Aggies out-rebounded Wagner by 27 (47-20) in an 86-51 win on Dec. 21 ... the 27-board advantage was A&M's largest since besting Louisiana-Monroe by 27 rebounds on January 3, 2004.
• Texas A&M is averaging 16.1 points off turnovers per game ... under Turgeon, the Aggies are 56-10 (11-1 this year) when they have more points off turnovers than their opponent.
• Texas A&M's 16 steals in the win at A&M-Corpus Christi were the most by an Aggie team in the Mark Turgeon era and the most since a win over Grambling State in December 2006.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: OFFENSE
• The Aggies have led at the break in 13 of 21 games, winning 12 of those contests ... Nebraska was the first A&M opponent this year to erase a halftime deficit and pick up a victory.
• Texas A&M is 39-2 under Mark Turgeon when scoring at least eight fast-break points (9-0 this year) ... the Aggies' 21 fast-break points against Prairie View (Dec. 8) were a season high.
• The Aggies are 26-3 under Turgeon (5-0 this year) when scoring at least 80 points and 57-5 (10-0) when scoring at least 70 ... A&M has scored 74 or more in 8 of its 17 wins this year.
• A&M is 71-12 under Turgeon when leading at halftime (12-1 this year), and 16-21 when trailing (4-3).
Sharing the Ball
• Texas A&M is averaging 14.0 assists per game this year, on pace for its highest average since the 2006-07 season.
• The Aggies dished out 20-plus assists in back-to-back games for the first time in the Mark Turgeon era ... A&M had 21 against Pacific (Dec. 4) and added 20 in a win over Prairie View (Dec. 8) ... the last Aggie team to accomplish that feat was the 2006-07 squad.
• Texas A&M dished out a season-high 21 assists in a win over Pacific (Dec. 4) ... it was the most in a game by an Aggie team since they totaled 21 in a 77-71 win over Kent State on Nov. 29, 2008.
Make Shots, Win Games
• Texas A&M is 60-7 under Turgeon (10-1 this year) when hitting better than 45 percent from the field and a perfect 33-0 (3-0) when hitting at 50 percent or higher.
Strong Down Low
• Texas A&M has scored at least 40 points in the paint in three games this year ... A&M did so four times last year ... this season, the Aggies are averaging 28.4 points down low (28.6 average in 2009-10).
• Under Turgeon, A&M is 85-26 when scoring at least 20 points in the paint (15-3 this year).
Take Another Chance
• The Aggies are averaging 14.4 second-chance points through 20 games ... A&M only went over 20 in that category one time last year (home vs Texas) but has already done so twice this season ... the Aggies averaged 10.9 per game last year.
TURGEON QUOTEBOARD (2/3 press conference)
How have the players responded this week?
• So far, so good. We've had good meetings and good practice. We're a little banged up. We're going to rest Ray until he's 100 percent, and B.J. is still hurt.
Is Ray not going to play?
• I told Ray when he's 100 percent (he can) come back. I'm tired of seeing him limping around. We'll see when Ray will play.
On B.J. Holmes' injury...
• B.J. will be back, it's just a tough bruise, he's a tough kid. He's pretty important, that was his best game in a long time, best game of the year probably. He was aggressive, he looked like the old B.J.
On Baylor's zone being not as good this year...
• I haven't faced it, so I don't know. It looks good to me on film, and I thought it was fantastic last year. I don't know what it is, they're still real long. They have big guards, a pretty big front line there. It'll be a challenge for us, we'll just have to get ready for it.
On A&M's team passing...
• We pass the ball well, we've just chosen not to pass the ball the last couple of games. We've just got selfish. This is one of the best passing teams I've ever had, but guys just have to make the decision to pass it.
On what kind of things got the team off...
• I just feel like all last week, we didn't get anything out of practice. Just one day, last Tuesday, we had a good practice. Then guys had colds, guys were limping around, and I let it affect the way I coach the team. If I only have five guys, I'm going to coach those five guys the same way, the right way.
On Baylor's play...
• I don't know, I think they're still pretty good. It's early and they have a lot of opportunities left this season. Baylor's 4-4 in the league, and to me that looks pretty good. They still have a chance to be an NCAA Tournament team. You look around and it's hard to win anywhere. Villanova is a good team, they lost three straight, Syracuse is really good, and they lost four straight. It's hard.
On how good Perry Jones is...
• I think he's really good, I think he's one of those guys that five years from now, you might see him on All-Star Sunday. He's that talented. He's got all of the tools, and he's really having a really nice freshman year for them.
On LaceDarius Dunn's play...
• I think LaceDarius Dunn is as good as anybody, and he's really putting up numbers. A guy like Lace can put a team on his back, you're always worried about that.
On Khris Middleton's play...
• He's practicing better, a lot was thrown on his plate earlier in his career than I anticipated. He's got to handle it better, and he didn't take on a challenge with Hamilton on Monday. When he's ready to take that challenge every night, he'll have the potential to be a really special player.
On A&M's identity as a tough defensive team...
• That's who we are, it's what we are. We guarded Nebraska really well. They had 57 points in their own gym. They got some free throws in the end there, but we held them to 24 in the first half. Texas we just can't guard, it's that simple. That being said, our defense needs to move forward, our rebounding has been disappointing.
On what unselfish defense looks like...
• Helping your teammates, being there, being in the right spot all the time. Great defense is five guys working together. We give Dash a lot of credit, he's always guarding the other team's best player, but he has a lot of help when he does that.
On Quincy Acy's play...
• He is a big part of them, he takes pressure off of Lace, and he's the one guy who can get them into their offense. Hopefully he has a bad game, hopefully he turns the ball over. He's a good player, he's a great defender. We have to do a good job on him, respect every player we guard.
Will B.J. play...
• I think B.J. will be healthy, if not, Naji will step up, Darko will be in there. If B.J. doesn't run into someone in practice, he'll be ready to play on Saturday. He's always been a quick healer, a tough kid.
On Loubeau drawing the double team...
• I still think David is getting double-teamed. Texas didn't have to, but they had two or three guys on him. I told him in front of the team, we need David to score. He's lost a little confidence, and he's down a little, but we also need David to pass the ball. Especially when he's got B.J. or Naji open on the outside, he's got to throw the ball.
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