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A&M, Tech Tangle Tuesday in Lubbock

February 13, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION-Texas A&M wraps up a two-game road swing and looks to break a four-game skid on Tuesday when the Aggies (12-12, 3-9) travel to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-16, 1-11). Tipoff at United Spirit Arena is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

The Aggies will return home after the game to host a pair of top-10 teams in No. 4 Missouri (Saturday, 1 p.m.) and No. 7 Kansas (Feb. 22, 8 p.m.). Tickets for both games are available now online at aggieathletics.com.

GAME 25:

Texas A&M AGGIES (12-12, 3-9) at Texas Tech RED RAIDERS (8-16, 1-11)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012  •  6:02 PM CT  •  TV: ESPN2 HD

United Spirit Arena (15,000)  •  Lubbock, Texas

Media Coverage

 

TELEVISION: ESPN2 HD

  Dave Armstrong, Play-by-Play

  Paul Biancardi, Commentary

RADIO: Texas A&M Sports Network

  Dave South, Play-by-Play

  Al Pulliam, Commentary

  Local: WTAW-AM 1620

  Satellite Radio: Sirius 94 (Tech feed)

LIVE AUDIO/STATS: aggieathletics.com

Snapshot: Texas A&M

Record: 12-12, 3-9 Big 12

Ranking: NR

Streak: Lost 4

Last 5 / Last 10: 1-4 / 3-7

on the Road: 1-8

Last Game: lost to Iowa State (A), 69-46 (Sat.)

Head Coach: Billy Kennedy (SE Louisiana '86)

Record: 223-191 (14th year)

at Texas A&M: 12-12 (first year)

vs. Texas Tech: 1-0

A&M Probable Starters (based on previous game)

No. Name          Pos. Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  PPG   RPG   APG  GP / Min

2  Naji Hibbert   G   6-5   192   Jr.    4.4    2.1    1.4    20 / 20.0

10  David Loubeau   F  6-8  234  Sr.  11.1    4.5    0.6   24 / 26.9

13  Jordan Green    G   6-4   181   Fr.   3.3   1.9   1.3   24 / 16.5

20  Daniel Alexander  F   6-9  212   RFr.  3.1   2.7   0.6   20 / 13.0

31  Elston Turner   G  6-5  211  Jr.  14.5   3.5   2.3   24 / 32.7

Snapshot: Texas Tech

Record: 8-16, 1-11 Big 12

Ranking: NR

Streak: Won 1

Last 5 / Last 10           : 1-4 / 1-9

at Home: 7-5

Last Game: def. Oklahoma (H), 65-47 (Sat.)

Head Coach: Billy Gillispie (Texas State '83)

Record: 148-101 (eighth year)

at Texas Tech: 8-16 (first year)

vs. Texas A&M: 0-1

Texas Tech Probable Starters  (based on previous game)

 

No.    Name        Ht.    Wt.    Cl.    PPG    RPG    APG    GP / Min

4    Ty Nurse        6-1    185    Jr.    8.7    1.7    1.7    23 / 30.3

5    Javarez Willis        5-11    170    So.    8.0    2.4    1.8    24 / 28.1

13    Luke Adams        5-9    170    Fr.    4.3    0.9    1.1    16 / 15.7

15    Robert Lewandowski        6-10    245    Sr.    7.4    3.8    0.9b    24 / 25.3

32    Jordan Tolbert        6-7    210    Fr.    11.8    6.1    0.8b    24 / 23.6

Series History: Texas Tech leads, 64-61

 

A&M streak: Won 5

            In Lubbock:    Tech leads, 35-20

            United Spirit Arena:  tied, 6-6

            In College Station:      A&M leads, 35-23

            At Reed Arena:          A&M leads, 9-5

            At Neutral Sites:        Tech leads, 7-5

            At Big 12 Tournament:          Tech leads, 2-0

            Longest A&M Win Streak:    5 games (current)

            Longest Tech Win Streak:      9 games

            Largest A&M Win:    44 (98-54, 02/27/08)

            Largest Tech Win:      28 (85-57, 03/07/96; 82-54, 01/13/96)

            Billy Kennedy vs. Tech:         1-0

            Billy Gillispie vs. A&M:         0-1

  • the series is the seventh most-played in school history, with Tuesday marking the 126th meeting between the conference rivals:

                        Opponent       Games             Opponent       Games

            1.         Texas   222      6.         Arkansas        147

            2.         Baylor 205      7.         Texas Tech      125

            3.         Rice     188      8.         Houston          83

            4.         SMU    177                  Sam Houston State    83

            5.         TCU    164      10.       Oklahoma State         47

  • the Aggies have won the last 5 meetings, A&M's longest streak of victories in the history of the series (which dates back to 1941).
  • Earlier this season, the Aggies posted a 67-54 victory over Tech at Reed Arena (Jan. 14).
  • A win Tuesday would give A&M three straight sweeps of Tech in Big 12 play ... last season, the Aggies battled to a 70-67 win at United Spirit Arena.
  • Texas A&M has won 8 of the last 9 games overall.
  • A&M has won 3 in a row at United Spirit Arena, but it has not come easy ... the Aggies' 3 straight victories in Lubbock have come by a total of 11 points (3.7/gm).
  • Tech's last win over the Aggies in Lubbock came on Jan. 16, 2008, as the Red Raiders upset then 9th-ranked A&M, 68-53.

Last 10 Meetings:

 

            Date                AM/Op Rk      Site                              Score

- complete series history can be found in media fact book -

            2008    J16       9  /-   Lubbock                      L          53-68

            2008    F27                  College Station           W                    98-54

            2009    J28                   College Station           W                    79-70

            2009    F21                  Lubbock          W                    79-73

            2009    M11                 Oklahoma City                       L          83-88

            2010    J30                   College Station           W                    85-70

            2010    F13                  Lubbock          W                    67-65

            2011    F12      22/-   Lubbock          W                    70-67

            2011    M5       22/-   College Station           W                    66-54

            2012    J14                   College Station           W                    67-54

Tale of the Tape

 

A&M               TTU

62.0     points/game    61.2

60.7     opp. points/game       67.0

+1.3     scoring margin           -5.8

.440     field goal %     .441

.392     opp. field goal %        .407

.332     3-point %        .358

35.1     rebounds         31.4

+2.1     rebound margin         -0.9

12.3     assists  11.2

14.0     turnovers        17.0

5.7       steals   5.1

2.5       blocks  3.1

Quick Hits

 

  • The Aggies lead the Big 12 in two defensive categories (through Feb. 12): scoring defense and 3-point FG% defense; A&M ranks second in field-goal percentage defense and third in defensive rebound percentage.
  • Through games of Feb. 9, Texas A&M ranked 20th nationally in field-goal pct. defense and 10th in 3-point FG% defense.
  • The Aggies' conference road losses this year have come to Baylor, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State, squads that have combined to go 76-8 at home.
  • A&M held Baylor (2/1), who entered the game ranked eighth nationally in FG% (.494), to just 39.7 percent from the floor ... it was the third-lowest shooting output this year by the Bears, behind Mississippi State (34.5) and A&M earlier this year (39.2) ... the Aggies and MSU are the only two teams to hold BU under 40 percent shooting this season.
  • A&M held No. 5 Kansas to 64 points on Jan. 23, a low for the Jayhawks this year at Allen Fieldhouse and (at the time) KU's third lowest scoring output of the season (61 vs Duke, 63 at USC) ... the Aggies held Kansas to 42.6 percent from the floor, KU's lowest output in Big 12 play and its fourth-lowest overall on the year.
  • Six of A&M's 12 losses this year have come to teams currently ranked in the top 20 nationally, all but one away from home (#4 Missouri, #6 Baylor [twice], #7 Kansas, #8 Florida, #18 Miss. State).
  • A&M played three games against top-5 ranked opponents in Big 12 play-all on the road-through the first seven games of the conference season ... the only other year A&M had three top-5 teams on the Big 12 slate was 2003 ... the Aggies matched a school record on Feb. 1 with their fourth top-10 Big 12 opponent of the year (Baylor, No. 6).
  • The Aggies have won 52 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 (52-38 since 2006, 43-116 from 1997-2006).
  • A&M has finished .500 or better in Big 12 play in each of the past 7 years, one of just 3 teams to do so (Kansas, Texas).
  • A&M is one of just 12 schools that have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 6 seasons (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Villanova, Wisconsin, Xavier).
  • Texas A&M is one of only 8 schools in the entire country that have won 24 or more games in each of the last 5 seasons (Butler, BYU, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, VCU, Xavier).

Scouting Texas Tech

 

  • Texas Tech is 8-16 on the year and 1-11 in Big 12 play ... the Red Raiders picked up their first league win of the year and snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 65-47 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday in Lubbock ... Tech, which is 7-5 this season inside United Spirit Arena, shoots 44 percent from the floor and averages 61.2 points.
  • Jordan Tolbert leads Texas Tech in points (11.8), rebounds (6.1) and field-goal percentage (54.0) ... three other Red Raiders average at or near 8 points a game, including Ty Nurse (8.7 ppg), Javarez Willis (8.0) and Jaye Crockett (7.8).
  • Billy Gillispie (Texas State '83) is in his first year in Lubbock ... he sports an overall career record of 148-101 in his eighth season as a head coach.

Sidebars

 

  • Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was the head coach at Texas A&M for three seasons (2004-07), leading A&M to three straight postseason appearances (2005 NIT, 2006 & 2007 NCAA) ... the '07 Aggies advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and achieved a high ranking of No. 6 that year ... Gillispie ended his tenure in Aggieland with a record of 70-26.
  • Several members of the Aggie program have worked with Gillispie, including associate head coach Glynn Cyprien (two seasons at Kentucky, 2007-09); athletic assistant Peter Warden (director of operations at A&M, and at UK, 2007-09); athletic trainer Matt Doles (two years at UTEP, 2002-04, and three at A&M, 2004-07); and director of student-athlete development Barry Davis (one year at A&M, 2006-07).

Just for Fun

 

  • The Aggies sport an all-time record of 9-5 on Valentine's Day ... A&M and Texas Tech have squared off on Feb. 14 three previous times, but not since 1976 ... the Aggies have won all three games-in 1959 (53-52), 1961 (74-71) and 1976 (73-64).

Aggie Trends

 

  • The Aggies have improved shot selection and offensive execution over the course of Big 12 play, and the offensive improvement shows in the numbers ... A&M has seen its shots start to fall on a more consistent basis over that span:

Offensive Improvement

Big 12 Stretch FGA    FG %   3-Pt % FT %    PPG

First 3 Games  59.3     32.6     25.0     61.8     51.0

Middle 4 Games         50.3     44.8     40.7     65.3     63.2

Last 5 Games  47.6     45.0     36.6     70.2     60.6

  • A&M is shooting 45.8 percent from the floor over its last 7 games.
  • A&M is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range over its last 7 games (averaging 6.3 threes per game) ... the Aggies rank fourth in league games in 3-point field goals (5.8/game) and fourth in 3-point percentage (34.1).
  • Texas A&M's starting rotation has seen lots of action in conference play ... in Big 12 games, A&M starters are averaging 29.0 minutes a game (after averaging 25 a game in non-conference play) ... all five starters played at least 30 minutes against Texas (Jan. 11), the first time that's happened on an Aggie team since March 2007 (Big 12 quarterfinal vs Oklahoma State).
  • The Aggies have played their last 5 games without starters Dash Harris and Khris Middleton, who have a combined career 196 games and 149 starts between them ... Middleton returned to the floor against Iowa State but managed 18 minutes off the bench ... a look at how A&M's lack of depth and increased minutes have affected second-half and late-game defense:

Defensive Effort, Last 5 Games

Opponents      Opp 1st Half FG%     Opp 1st Half Pts        Opp 2nd Half FG%    Opp 2nd Half Pts

OSU, Baylor   46.3     32.5     32.3     29.5

KSU, Texas, ISU         38.2     29.0     54.5     38.7

  • The Aggies have allowed just one Big 12 opponent to score more points than its season average (Oklahoma, who needed OT to do so).
  • A&M has averaged 16.4 bench points in its last 9 league games, after averaging just 9.0 in the first 3.
  • A&M is shooting 70.2 percent from the line in its last 5 games.
  • A&M has seen its free-throw percentage take a slight up-turn in Big 12 play ... the Aggies shot 61.6 percent from the line in non-conference play, but has shot 66.8 percent in Big 12 action.
  • A&M is shooting 70.5 percent from the line in the second half of Big 12 games ... the Aggies have shot just 59.4 percent in the first half.
  • The Aggies are 11-3 this year when leading at halftime (losses at Kansas, at K-State, home Texas) and 11-0 when leading with 5 minutes to play.
  • A&M is 10-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field (both losses to Baylor).
  • The Aggies have held 10 of their opponents under 60 points and are unbeaten in those games.
  • A&M has held 8 opponents under 35 percent shooting (8-0).
  • The Aggies are 8-2 this year when shooting more free throws than their opponent (loss to Texas, at Iowa State) and 9-1 when out-rebounding them (loss is to Texas).
  • A&M has already bested last year's total for blocks, and did so in just 20 games ... the Aggies are averaging 2.5 blocks per game this year (60 blocks), up from last year's average of 1.5 (51 in 33 games).
  • The Aggies have won 4 of their last 5 overtime games dating back to last season.
  • A&M has won over 70 percent of its games since the start of the 2006-07 season (136-57, .705) ... the Aggies are 178-75 (.704) since the start of the '04-05 campaign.

Player Notables

 

Elston Turner

  • has slid over and started at the point in each of the last 5 games for the injured Dash Harris ... is averaging 35.8 minutes in those contests.
  • in the top 10 of the Big 12 rankings in five categories (points, minutes, free-throw percentage, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goal percentage) this season.
  • Over his last 7 games, is averaging 17.7 pts, 4.1 rebs and 3.3 assists ... became the first Aggie since Acie Law in 2007 to score 20-plus in three straight Big 12 games (23 vs OU - 1/21, 24 at KU - 1/23, 23 vs OSU - 1/28).
  • averaging 16.2 points per game in Big 12 play, sixth-best in the league.
  • In four games against ranked opponents, is averaging 17.2 points, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
  • has scored 10-plus points in 11 of the last 13 games and in 19 of 24 overall this year ... he did so just 9 times in 66 games in two seasons at Washington.

Naji Hibbert

  • minutes have sharply increased over the last 4 games, averaging 31.5 per game over that span (second highest on team) ... 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 ast in last 4 games ... poured in a season-high 14 against Kansas State (2/4).
  • shooting 42% from floor and 46% from 3-point range in Big 12 play ... shot 31% from field and 14% from beyond the arc in non-conference action.

David Loubeau

  • in his last 8 games, is averaging 12.9 points and 4.5 rebounds (averaged 6 pts, 3 reb in first 4 Big 12 games).
  • became only the 16th player in school history this year to score 1,000 career points and grab 500 career rebounds ... ranks 25th all-time in scoring (1,129 points) and needs 33 points to become one of the top 20 most prolific scorers in school history ... ranks 19th all-time in rebounds (542).
  • has played in 125 career games, eighth all-time in program history.

Daniel Alexander

  • moved into starting rotation with injuries to Khris Middleton and Dash Harris ... started last game at the "4" position after starting the previous three at the "3", averaging 30.8 minutes a contest.
  • averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds over last 6 games, both third-best on the team over that span ... connected at 48% clip over last 6 games from long distance ... has hit at least one trey in 7 of last 9 ballgames.
  • set career highs in consecutive games recently, scoring 12 against Baylor (2/1) after posting 11 against Oklahoma State (1/28) on 5-of-6 shooting.

Keith Davis

  • has started all but two Big 12 games for the Aggies at the "5" position ... averaging 20.4 minutes in league play.
  • turned the ball over just 4 times in the last 7 games (0.6/gm) after doing so 7 times in the first 5 Big 12 games (1.4/gm).

Ray Turner

  • averaging 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds off the bench in Big 12 play (11 games) ... averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds at home (15 games).
  • has scored 10-plus points in 14 of A&M's 22 games this year ... the Aggies are 9-5 in those contests.
  • has posted four double-doubles-the first of his career-including a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against Iowa State (1/7) and a 13-point, 11-board game against Baylor (2/1)... his 15 boards vs Arkansas Tech (12/29) were a career high and the most by an Aggie in a game since March 2010.

Jordan Green

  • spent majority of K-State game guarding Wildcats' leading scorer, Rodney McGruder (15.4 ppg, 19.3 ppg in Big 12 play) ... helped limit McGruder to a Big 12 season-low 5 points on 1-of-9 shooting.
  • strong 31 minutes of play against OSU after getting the starting nod ... scored 8 points on 4-of-6 shooting, a personal best in Big 12 play ... primary focus was limiting Cowboys' guard Keiton Page (entered 14.7 ppg), and held him to 2-of-13 from the floor and 9 total points.

Dash Harris

  • has missed last 5 games recovering from right foot injury suffered at end of first half at Kansas (1/23).
  • over his last 8 games, is averaging 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists ... Harris has scored in double figures in 5 of his last 9 outings ... he matched a career high with 14 in the win over Oklahoma (1/21).
  • leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assists (4.3/game) ... he leads the squad and ranks third in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) ... he was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list.
  • moved into the top 10 in school history in career assists and steals in win over Texas Tech (Jan. 14) ... ranks ninth in both categories (358 assists, 133 steals) ... he is one of only 8 players in A&M history to record 300 assists and 100 steals (list on page 9).

Khris Middleton

  • returned to floor vs Iowa State (2/11) ... missed the previous 5 games after re-injuring knee early in OT win over Oklahoma (1/21) ... underwent surgery (11/11) to repair partially torn meniscus in right knee ... suffered injury in season opener vs Liberty (11/9) ... missed 7 games, returned vs ULM (12/10).
  • picked up first double-double of career at Texas (1/11), 19 pts, 10 rebs ... 10 boards were a career high.

Alex Baird

  • reserve senior walk-on point guard played 21 minutes against OSU (1/28) in lieu of injured Dash Harris, dishing out 3 assists, posting 0 turnovers and grabbing 4 rebounds ... took the floor against the Cowboys with a total of 6 career minutes of action in 8 games played.
  • played 9 minutes (0 assists, 0 turnovers) and grabbed 2 boards against Baylor (2/1).

Big 12 Bullets

 

  • The Aggies have won 52 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 (52-38 since 2006, 43-116 from 1997-2006).
  • A&M has finished .500 or better in Big 12 play in each of the past 7 years, one of just 3 teams to do so (Kansas, Texas).
  • The Aggies are coming off back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in Big 12 play for just the second time ever (2006, 2007 and 2010, 2011) ... it is only the second time in the last 25 years that an A&M team has accomplished that feat ... prior to '06-07, the last time an Aggie squad recorded consecutive 10+ win seasons in conference play was in 1985 (10) and 1986 (12).
  • 2011 was A&M's third consecutive winning season in Big 12 play, the first time the Aggies have accomplished that feat in the Big 12 era (9-7 in 2009, 11-5 in 2010, 10-6 in 2011) ... it marked the first time since the late 60s (1967-70) that a Texas A&M team finished above .500 in league action for three straight seasons.

Up Next

 

  • Texas A&M opens a two-game homestand against the league's top teams, welcoming No. 4 Missouri to Reed on Saturday (1 p.m., ESPN) before hosting No. 7 Kansas on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (8 p.m., ESPN2).
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