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Scouting The Texas A&M Aggies

The Oklahoma men’s basketball team faces their second road test of the conference season by traveling to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies who are 12-0 at Reed Arena and are 15-2 on the season. After dropping their conference opener on the road last Saturday night the Aggies returned home Wednesday night to beat the 21st ranked Baylor Bears. Their only other loss of the season came at the hands of Tulsa making them 0-2 against schools from Oklahoma.

 

Texas A&M wins their games by almost 9 points and averages 5 more rebounds per games than their opponents. Not an exceptional shooting team the Aggies are hitting 43% from the floor (11th in the conference), 34% from three point range (10th in the conference) and 71% from the free throw line (4th in the conference). Defensively Texas A&M is holding opponents to an equal 43% from the floor and are holding their own at defending the three point shot by only allowing opponents to make 35% of their shots.

 

Forward Josh Carter can be deadly from three point range. He scores an average of 13.2 points per game which is tops on the team. He’s made 33 three point shots this season with a long distance shooting average of 37%.

 

Brian Davis is the other forward and also averages double figures in scoring with 10.7 points per game. He had struggled scoring though in the three games before Baylor which brings up questions about inconsistency. Davis hauls in 6.3 rebounds per game.

 

Center Chinemelu Elonu will try to stop Blake Griffin under the basket. He stands at 6-10 and has the size to bang bodies with Griffin for an entire game. He scores 10.5 points per game and hauls in a team high 7.8 rebounds per game.

 

Guards Derrick Roland and Donald Sloan are both juniors but that is just about where their similarities end. Roland is the only starter to not average double figures in scoring (5.3ppg) so naturally he dishes the ball more than Sloan, right? Nope! Not only does Sloan score more points (11.8ppg) he also dishes out 3.4 assists per game.

 

Oklahoma has the opportunity to tie their best start to a season since the 1927-28 basketball season with a win today!