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December 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Scouting report: Texas A&M

TEXAS A&M
Game info:
1:30 p.m. Saturday at Reed Arena
TV/Radio: ESPN2/KJR-950 AM
Record: 8-1. RPI rank: 194.
Previous game: Beat Prairie View 87-63.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 by league coaches.
Coach: Mark Turgeon is 81-32 in his fourth season with the Aggies. He’s 234-151 overall in his 13 years.
Series: A&M leads 3-2 in a series that began in 1963.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 73-64 at Edmundson Pavilion on Dec. 22, 2009.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— A&M’s lost its top three scorers from last year (Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland, Bryan Davis) and so far this season they’ve relied on a quartet of players. Khris Middleton averages 14.2 points per game, David Loubeau 10.4, B.J. Holmes 10.0 and Nathan Walkup 9.9.
— A&M returns 10 of 16 letterwinners from last season, including returning starters, Dash Harris, Loubeau and Middleton.
OVERVIEW:
— The Aggies have won 56 consecutive non-conference home games. The last
home non-conference loss was a 58-51 defeat to St. Joseph’s in the 2005 NIT quarterfinals. The streak extends to 69, excluding postseason games. A&M is 88-9 all-time in non-conference games at Reed Arena.
— A&M has won 23 of its last 24 home games, including 10 of its last 11 in Big 12 play. The Aggies are 36-3 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 13-3 mark in conference games.
— A&M suffered its only defeat on Thanksgiving Day, losing 67-65 to Boston College. Since then, the Aggies have won five straight and held their opponents (Manhattan, No. 20 Temple, SFA, Pacific, Prairie View) to 35.4 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. A&M’s opponents have averaged 56.1 points per game.
— A&M ranks second nationally in rebounding margin (+13.1) and ninth in scoring defense (55.3 ppg). The Aggies are out-rebounding foes by an average of 13 and they’ve out-rebounded every opponent this season.
— Former Husky Elston Turner transferred to A&M and is sitting out this season. He played two years at UW.
— The Aggies have faced one ranked team this season and knocked off then-No. 21 Temple 54-51 in the Old Spice Classic in Florida.
— A&M has played a soft non-conference schedule. Aside from Temple, its six Division I opponents have a 15-36 record and no one has a winning record.
— A&M is one of two schools to win a NCAA tournament in each of the last five seasons. The Aggies have a six year streak of 20-win seasons.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – David Loubeau, 6-8, 230, Jr., 10.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg.
F – Khris Middleton, 6-7, 215, So., 14.9, 4.9
F – Nathan Walkup, 6-7, 210, Sr., 9.9, 5.2
G – B.J. Holmes, 5-11, 175, Sr., 10.0, 3.0 apg.
G – Dash Harris, 6-1, 175, Jr., 3.2, 3.7 apg.
KEY MATCHUP:
Isaiah Thomas did a phenomenal job Monday chasing Portland sharp-shooter Jared Stohl, which should prepare him for defending Holmes, who has taken 41 three-pointers this season. Last year, he connected on 5 of 7 treys against the Huskies, including a clutch 3 late in the game that cut UW’s lead to five points(66-61) with less than two minutes left. Holmes has sank at least one trey in seven games this season.

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