Texas A&M to close out regular season at Mississippi State Saturday

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team will wrap up the regular season at Mississippi State Saturday afternoon. This is the first meeting this season between the Aggies and Bulldogs, as both teams are looking to close out on a positive note. Last time out, A&M stumbled against South Carolina in its final game at Reed, while Mississippi State fell at No. 5 Tennessee, 71-54, Tuesday night. The Aggies have the slight, one-game edge in the series and will look to extend that advantage on Saturday.

Texas A&M Quick Hits
• Wendell Mitchell led the way with 15 points against South Carolina, reaching double figures for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
• Mitchell has come into his own in SEC play, leading the Aggies with 15.2 ppg and 28 steals (1.6 spg).
• Savion Flagg recorded his fifth double-double of the season, putting up 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against South Carolina.
• Flagg has played all 40 minutes in the last two games ... He leads the SEC in minutes played this season, averaging just over 34 per game.
• Christian Mekowulu had a strong Senior Day performance, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds, his third double-double of the season.
• Josh Nebo, the SEC's leader in blocked shots, got up for five swats at LSU ... He averages 2.4 blocks per game.
• TJ Starks suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half of the game at LSU and will miss the remainder of the season ... He averaged 12.3 points per game and led the team with 94 assists on the season.
• With the loss of Starks, the Aggies are down to just seven available scholarship student-athletes.

Series Info
• Saturday will be the 12th all-time meeting between the Aggies & Bulldogs on the hardwood and the seventh as SEC competitors ... It will also mark A&M's fifth trip to Starkville. A&M leads the all-time series 6-5 but has dropped the last two matchups.
• Last season, the Aggies were unable to get by MSU at home, falling 93-81 at Reed Arena ... TJ Starks helped lead the way with 19 points in the game.
• Prior to the Aggies joining the SEC, Texas A&M last faced Mississippi State at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 17, 2011, during the 2K Sports Classic ... MSU earned a 69-60 victory.
• Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy is 5-9 against the Bulldogs, while MSU's Ben Howland is 5-2 against A&M with two wins coming while Howland was the head coach at UCLA (2004-13).

Double Up
• Sophomore Savion Flagg notched consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his career, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds against South Carolina after pacing the team against the Commodores.
• Flagg and graduate student Christian Mekowulu each recorded a double-double in the win over Vanderbilt, as Flagg led the way with 22 and 12, and Mekowulu added 19 and 12. This is the only time this season two Aggies have had a double-double in the same game.
• Earlier in the year, Mekowulu made it back-to-back double-doubles in the Georgia and Missouri games.
• Mekowulu put up 15 points and brought down 10 rebounds to help the Aggies knock off Missouri before grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds and adding 15 points in the win over Georgia.
• Flagg leads a trio of Aggies to have recorded a double-double this season with five on the year (Mekowulu 3; Nebo, 3).

Nebo Protecting the Rim
• Junior transfer Josh Nebo has been a force around the rim for the Aggies all season. He currently leads the SEC averaging 2.4 blocks per game, good for 10th in the nation.
• Nebo has gotten up for four-or-more blocks on seven occasions this season, most recently tallying five swats at No. 13 LSU.
• Earlier in the year he set an A&M career high with seven blocks against South Alabama after entering the game with nine on the year.

Flagg Named SEC Player of the Week
• Sophomore Savion Flagg earned his first SEC Player of the Week honor on Feb. 25 after a strong week of leading the Aggies to a pair of historical victories.
• Flagg started the week sparking a resilient effort by the Aggies to earn the first season sweep of Alabama in program history, leading the way with 18 points and nine rebounds. He followed it up with a 22-point, 9-rebound performance to give A&M its first SEC win in Fayetteville.

Aggie Basketball Game #30:
Texas A&M (13-16, 6-11 SEC) at Mississippi State (21-9, 9-8 SEC)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Humphrey Coliseum (10,000) • Starkville, Mississippi

Dave Lamont, Play-by-Play
Mark Wise, Commentary

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network/1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
Andrew Monaco, Play-by-Play
John Thornton, Commentary