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December 22, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Video: Scouting Texas A&M

Let’s start with a link to our story on Washington reserve guard Scott Suggs, who has a long history with coach Lorenzo Romar.
Bud Withers writes about Washington State’s plans to mine Seattle for more gems like former guard Reggie Moore, the former Rainier Beach standout.
Around the Pac-10:
Arizona State had no problems rolling over UC-Santa Barbara 69-42. It was a record-breaking night for guard Derek Glasser who became the Sun Devils all-time assists leader. Rihards Kuksiks (eight three-pointers) and former O’Dea High star Jamelle McMillan (16 points and six assists, both career-highs) also had memorable performances.
— Across the state, Arizona needed overtime and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Nic Wise to pull out an 83-82 victory over Atlantic Sun Conference member Lipscomb. The Wildcats played without leading rebounder Jamelle Horne, who is out for at least a month with a mid-foot sprain.
SCOUTING REPORT: Texas A&M

Game info: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM

No. 19 TEXAS A&M

Coach: Mark Turgeon, 58-23 in his third year with the Aggies; 211-142 overall (12 years).
Last season: 24-10 overall, 9-7 in Big 12 (T-4th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2009 (Lost 92-66 to Connecticut in the 2nd round).
Record: 9-2. RPI rank: 18
Prediction: Picked fifth in the Big 12 by conference coaches.
Series: Texas A&M leads 3-1. The Aggies won the last meeting 77-63 on Nov. 21, 2007 in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— G Donald Sloan is the Aggies leading scorer and he’s averaged 21.0 points in the past four games. He scored a career-high 29 points 10 days ago against New Mexico. In that game, he made 4 of 7 three-pointers. He ranks 26th on Texas A&M’s all-time scoring list and is on pace to finish in the top 10. Sloan, a senior, backed up All-American Acie Law IV as a true freshman and he’s started the past three years.
— G Derrick Roland grew up with Sloan and the two consider each other brothers. They were prep teammates at Seagoville High. Sloan is the scorer and Roland may be the Big 12’s top perimeter defender. He’s played in 102 games. Texas A&M is 18-2 when Roland has scored in double figures in his career.
OVERVIEW:
— In their previous meeting, Sloan, then a sophomore, scored a team-high 18 points in the win against Washington. Three other Aggies played in that game. Four Huskies played that day, including Matthew Bryan-Amaning (six points), Venoy Overton (4), Quincy Pondexter (2) and Justin Holiday (0).
— Tonight’s game is the final matchup in the 2009 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Big 12 has a 9-2 lead in the series.
— The Aggies are 1-0 in true road games this season. They won 80-68 at SMU.
— Texas A&M returns 13 lettermen, including three starters and seven of its top nine scorers.
— The Aggies have made four straight NCAA tournament appearances. They are one of just six schools with at least one tournament win the past four years. The others are Memphis, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Texas. The Aggies have also posted five straight 20-win seasons.
— Texas A&M is 9-0 this season when its opponent scores fewer than 70 points and is 9-0 when its opponent shoots fewer than 51 percent from the field.
— Texas A&M has averaged 19.2 points off turnovers in the past six games while allowing just 10.8.
— Turgeon is considered a hot coaching prospect. His two-year win total of 49 ties former Texas coach Tom Penders for the second best in the history of the Big 12. Eddie Sutton won 52 at Oklahoma State.
KEY MATCHUP:
— Roland should be paired against Pondexter and that figures to be an intriguing battle all night. At 6-6 and 215 pounds, Pondexter has a two-inch size advantage and outweighs Roland by 25 pounds. Roland is considered A&M’s best athlete and he has a team-record 38-inch vertical leap. Also keep an eye on the Sloan-Overton matchup, which is another pairing between a scorer and a defensive-minded player.
STARTING LINEUP
F Bryan Davis, 6-9, 250, Sr., 9.1 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 1.6 bpg.
F Nathan Walkup, 6-7, 210, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg., .387 3FG%
G Roland, 6-4, 190, Sr., 11.1 ppg., 3.2 rpg., .815 FT%
G Sloan, 6-3, 205, Sr., 17.4 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 30.7 min.
G Dash Harris, 6-1, 175, So., 5.3 ppg., 3.3 apg., 3.3 rpg.

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