Horns visit Ags Tonight!

No. 11 Texas A&M returns to action on Monday night when the Aggies (17-3, 4-2) play host to rival and 7th-ranked Texas (18-3, 6-0) at Reed Arena. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN as part of the network’s “Big Monday” platform.

A&M, winners of 14 of its last 16, enters the game following a tough 57-48 loss at Nebraska Saturday afternoon and sits in third place in the league standings. The Longhorns, meanwhile, have won six straight and are the lone remaining undefeated team in Big 12 play. UT defeated No. 11 Missouri, 71-58, on Saturday night in Austin.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET UPDATE: Tickets are sold out.

STUDENT TICKET UPDATE: All early admission vouchers for the Texas game have been issued. Students with a valid sports option that did not already pull an early admission voucher may still be admitted to the game at the North Student Entrance of Reed Arena. A separate line for these students will be established, and students will be admitted on a space available basis.

GAME 21: (#11/13) Texas A&M AGGIES (17-3, 4-2)
vs (#7/8) Texas LONGHORNS (18-3, 6-0)
Monday, January 31, 2011 • 8:05 PM (CT) • TV: ESPN HD
Reed Arena (12,989) • College Station, Texas

TELEVISION: ESPN HD
Brent Musburger, Play-by-Play
Bob Knight, Commentary
Holly Rowe, Sidelines

RADIO: Texas A&M Sports Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local/Internet: WTAW-AM 1620/radioaggieland.com
Satellite Radio: Sirius 122/XM 143

Series: UT leads, 133-85
In Austin: Texas leads, 78-26
At Erwin Center: Texas leads, 27-8
In College Station: A&M leads, 55-50
At Reed Arena: Texas leads, 7-5
At Neutral Sites: Texas leads, 5-4
At Big 12 Tournament: Texas leads, 1-0
Current Win Streak: Texas, 1 game
Longest A&M Win Streak: 8 games
Longest Texas Win Streak: 18 games
Largest A&M Win: 73-29 (1958-59)
Largest Texas Win: 81-36 (1943-44)
Mark Turgeon vs. Texas: 3-4
Rick Barnes vs. A&M: 21-7
Last Meeting: UT, 81-60 (Jan. 19 in Austin)

THE MATCHUP

TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record: 17-3, 4-2 Big 12
Ranking: 11th (USAT/ESPN), 13th (AP)
NCAA RPI / Sagarin Rating: 16 / 23
Streak: Lost 1
Last 5 / Last 10: 3-2 / 8-2
Last Game: lost at Nebraska (A), 57-48 (Saturday)
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon (Kansas `87)
Record: 243-153 (13th year)
at Texas A&M: 90-34 (4th year)
vs. Texas: 3-4

A&M Probable Starters

No. Name           Pos. Ht.   Wt.  Cl.  PPG   RPG  APG  GP / Min
5   Dash Harris      G  6-1   175  Jr.  4.2   3.0  3.6  20 / 27.6
10  David Loubeau    F  6-8   230  Jr.  10.7  5.2  0.5  20 / 25.2
11  B.J. Holmes      G  5-11  175  Sr.  8.9   2.9  3.5  20 / 28.8
22  Khris Middleton  F  6-7   215  So.  15.7  4.8  2.8  20 / 28.3
45  Nathan Walkup    F  6-7   210  Sr.  10.1  5.7  1.3  20 / 24.0

TEXAS LONGHORNS
Record: 18-3, 6-0 Big 12
Ranking: 7th (AP), 8th (USAT/ESPN)
NCAA RPI / Sagarin Rating: 15 / 5
Streak: Won 6
Last 5 / Last 10: 5-0 / 9-1
Last Game: def. (#11) Missouri (H), 71-58 (Saturday)
Head Coach: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne ’77)
Record: 514-252 (24th year)
at Texas: 312-118 (13th year)
vs. Texas A&M: 21-7

About Texas (18-3, 6-0)

  • Texas is 16-3 on the season and is the Big 12’s lone remaining undefeated team at 6-0 … the Longhorns have won six straight, most recently a 71-58 victory over No. 11 Missouri late Saturday night in Austin … UT’s losses have come to Pitt (68-66 in New York City), at USC (73-56) and at home to UConn (82-81 in OT) … Texas is 4-1 in true road games this season.
  • UT returns 10 letterwinners and 1 starter from a 2009-10 team that went 24-10 and finished sixth in the Big 12 at 9-7 … the Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th straight season last spring … Rick Barnes is in his 13th year in Austin with a record of 312-118.Texas Probable Starters (based on previous game)
    No.	Name	Pos.	Ht.	Wt.	Cl.	PPG	RPG	APG	GP/Min
    1	Gary Johnson	F	6-6	238	Sr.	11.8	7.0	1.3	21 / 30.5
    3	Jordan Hamilton	G/F	6-7	220	So.	19.0	7.6	2.4	21 / 31.3
    4	Dogus Balbay	G	6-1	175	Sr.	4.6	2.9	2.6	21 / 18.0
    5	Cory Joseph	G	6-3	185	Fr.	11.2	4.0	2.9	21 / 32.5
    13	Tristan Thompson	F	6-8	225	Fr.	12.9	7.6	2.2b	21 / 30.4
    

    Series Notes

  • Monday will mark the 219th meeting between the rivals on the basketball court … it is the most-played rivalry in A&M history … Texas leads the all-time series, 133-85.
  • UT holds a slim 6-5 lead over the last 11 games … both schools have held serve of late on their respective home courts–A&M’s last win at the Erwin Center came in 2002, while UT’s last victory at Reed Arena was in 2004.
  • Texas defeated the Aggies 12 days ago, 81-60, at the Erwin Center … it marked the first-ever meeting between the schools with both ranked in the national top 10.
  • The schools split last season’s meetings, with the Aggies defeating the Longhorns in the most recent game, 74-58, at Reed Arena (Feb. 27, 2010) … then top-ranked Texas narrowly escaped with an overtime victory (72-67) in Austin, on Jan. 16, 2010.
  • Last year’s crowd at Reed for the Texas game (13,717) was (and still is) the school record.
  • This will mark the fourth time the schools have been featured on ESPN’s “Big Monday” … not surprisingly, the teams have protected their home courts … A&M has won 2 of 3 previous “Big Monday” showdowns, 100-82 in 2007 at Reed Arena and 81-66 in 2009, also at Reed … the Horns claimed a 77-50 victory in 2008 at the Erwin Center.A&M/TEXAS RECAPS

    Earlier This Season: (#10) Texas 81, (#10) Texas A&M 60
    AUSTIN (Jan. 18)–Jordan Hamilton scored 27 points and 10th-ranked Texas cruised past No. 11 Texas A&M 81-60, snapping the Aggies’ 13-game winning streak with arguably their most complete victory of the season. Freshman Tristan Thompson gave the Longhorns (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) a big boost with 18 points on dunks, jumpers and tough layups before limping off with a leg cramp with 4 minutes left. The Longhorns made this one a rout with about 10 minutes left. Texas shot 58 percent from the field and the worst free throw shooting team in the Big 12 was 19 of 22 from the line. The Aggies (16-2, 3-1) hadn’t lost since Nov. 25, but haven’t won in Austin in this rivalry since 2002. Texas jumped out early and never gave the Aggies an opening to catch up. Thompson scored eight of Texas’ first 12 points, all of them coming on dunks and shots from just a couple of feet from the basket. The Aggies were frustrated when they were hit with eight fouls in a 2-minute span early in the first half, leaving coach Mark Turgeon in a foot-stomping rage. Turgeon was hit with a technical and Texas made its first eight free throws for a 20-5 lead. When the whistles finally stopped – or at least slowed down – Texas A&M used a 14-4 run to get within five. Texas closed the half with a 15-4 run, highlighted by Thompson’s alley-oop dunk from J’Covan Brown and Hamilton’s 3-pointer, for a 39-27 lead. Khris Middleton had a game-high 16 points for the Aggies.

    Last Time at Reed: (#22) Texas A&M 74, (#21) Texas 58
    COLLEGE STATION (Feb. 27, 2010)–Donald Sloan scored 19 points to lead No. 22 Texas A&M to a 74-58 win over No. 21 Texas in a game that saw Longhorns guard J’Covan Brown injured after a hard fall late in the game. Texas A&M (20-8, 9-5 Big 12) never trailed and went up 10 points before scoring six in a row to push the lead to 66-50 with about three minutes remaining. The Longhorns (22-7, 8-6) finished with their lowest scoring output of the season. Leading scorer Damion James, who entered the game averaging 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, finished with 12 points and one rebound. Brown was taken off the court on a board with his neck stabilized after falling hard on a drive to the basket late in the game. Texas officials said he had a neck injury, likely a stinger, and was being taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He was conscious as he was wheeled out of the arena on a stretcher about 20 minutes after the game. Texas A&M led 72-58 when Brown collided with Texas A&M’s B.J. Holmes as he went to the basket. Both players were injured in the collision, but Brown remained on the court after Holmes was carried off with an apparent ankle injury. Play was stopped for about 10 minutes while Brown was looked at. Medical personnel were called to the court after a couple of minutes and he was taped to the board and taken off the court. Loubeau added 15 points for the Aggies, who improved to 17-1 this season in games where they held an opponent to less than 70 points. The Aggies outrebounded Texas 40-29. Texas A&M fought off a rally by Texas by scoring five straight points to extend its lead to 58-46 with seven minutes left. The Aggies led by 16 points before Texas went on a 10-1 run, highlighted by a four-point play by Brown, to get within 53-46 about a minute earlier. The Aggies were up by five points before going on a 16-5 run that including three 3-pointers to extend their lead to 52-36 with about 10 minutes remaining. A highlight of that run came on a two-handed putback dunk by Loubeau that brought the Reed Arena record crowd of 13,717 to its feet.

    GAME NOTES

    Hot Start

  • Texas A&M (17-3) has matched the best 20-game start in school history.BEST 20-GAME STARTS, SCHOOL HISTORY
    Season 20-Gm Record Final Record Postseason
    1. 2010-11 17-3 ?? ??
    2006-07 17-3 27-7 NCAA Sweet 16
    1959-60 17-3 19-5 —
    4. 2007-08 16-4 25-11 NCAA 2nd Round
    1978-79 16-4 24-9 NIT Final 6
    1975-76 16-4 21-6 —
    7. 2008-09 15-5 24-10 NCAA 2nd Round
    2004-05 15-5 21-10 NIT Quarterfinals
    1979-80 15-5 26-8 NCAA Sweet 16
  • Mark Turgeon’s other A&M teams were 16-4 (2007-08), 16-4 (2008-09) and 14-6 (2009-10) through 20 games.
  • Of note, 1919-20 team had the best start (and finish) in school history, completing the year a perfect 19-0.Big 12 Notables
  • The Aggies are 4-2 in Big 12 play , the second-best Big 12 start in school history … only the 2006-07 NCAA Sweet 16 squad (5-1) had a better record through 6 games.
  • Texas A&M matched its best-ever finish in Big 12 play last season, tying for second place with an 11-5 record … it was the Aggies’ second-best record in league history, trailing only the 2006-07 squad (13-3) … A&M was 7-1 at home and 4-4 on the road in conference tilts in 2010.
  • The Aggies have won 45 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.
  • With a win at Oklahoma on Jan. 8, Texas A&M has now won 4 of its last 5 Big 12 openers after going winless in its first 10 tries.Bouncing Back
  • Under Mark Turgeon, the Aggies have won 12 of their last 13 games following a loss … A&M rebounded from a tough two-point loss to Boston College on Nov. 25 with a 29-point win over Manhattan the next day … the Aggies never trailed in the game, and held the Jaspers to 7 points over the final 13 minutes … on Saturday, the Aggies put a mid-week loss at Texas behind them with a hard-fought, 64-56 win over Kansas State.Reed Arena Struggles for Foes
  • A&M is 12-0 at home this year, a feat due in no small part to the Aggies’ defensive effort all season long … opponents are shooting just 38.7 percent inside Reed and averaging 57.9 points per game.
  • Only 3 teams have shot better than 40 percent on A&M’s home floor–Missouri (52.2), McNeese State (41.8) and Pacific (41.4).
  • Only 3 teams have scored more than 60 points on A&M’s home floor–Missouri (89 in OT), Prairie View A&M (63) and Washington (62).Home, Sweet Home
  • A&M has won 30 of its last 31 home games, including 13 of its last 14 in Big 12 play … the Aggies are 43-3 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 16-3 mark in conference games.
  • The Aggies are 77-6 (.928) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 109-12 (.901) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
  • A&M has won 25 straight home games against unranked opponents (9 straight in Big 12 play) … under Turgeon, the Aggies are 48-3 against unranked opponents at Reed Arena, including a 13-3 mark against unranked Big 12 teams.
  • The Aggies are the only Big 12 team to win at least 15 home games for the last six consecutive seasons.
  • A&M is 151-54 (.737) in its 13th season at Reed Arena … the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 110-13 since.
  • The Aggies have won 60 straight non-conference games at Reed Arena … the streak dates back to the start of the 2005-06 season and includes wins over Arizona, Alabama, LSU and Washington, among others … the last home non-conference loss for the Aggies was to St. Joseph’s (58-51) in the 2005 NIT quarterfinals … A&M is 92-9 all-time in non-conference games at Reed (.911).
  • Texas A&M has won 73 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games … the last non-conference team to beat the Aggies at Reed Arena was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (82-80) in 2003.
  • Texas A&M broke its home attendance record three times in 2010, including the current mark of 13,717 vs. Texas (Feb. 27) … A&M sold out four games, topping the 13,000 mark in each game … the Aggies’ season average of 9,889 ranked second on the school chart behind the record of 10,343 set in Turgeon’s first season in 2007-08 … A&M has posted its top five single game marks, and two of the top three season averages, under Turgeon.
  • The top 19 single-game attendance marks in A&M history have been set since the start of the 2005-06 season … the top 15 non-conference attendance marks also have been set in that time span … a list of Reed’s largest crowds is on page 11.Success Against Ranked Teams
  • The Aggies are 4-1 this season against ranked opponents, picking up a 54-51 win over Temple (No. 20 USAT/ESPN, No. 21 AP) on Nov. 28 at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, a 63-62 win over Washington (No. 21 AP, No. 22 USAT/ESPN) on Dec. 11 at Reed Arena, a 91-89 home victory over Missouri (No. 12 USAT/ESPN, No. 15 AP) on Jan. 15, and a 64-56 defeat of Kansas State (No. 24 USAT/ESPN) on Jan. 22 … the Aggies’ only loss came on Jan. 19, 81-60, at Texas (No. 10 AP, No. 11 USAT/ESPN).
  • The four wins against ranked opponents ties for the second-most in school history and is one shy of the all-time record, held by the 1978-79 team (5) … both last year’s squad and the 2006-07 Sweet 16 team had 4 wins vs ranked foes.MOST TOP-25 WINS, SCHOOL HISTORY
    Season Wins Teams (ranking)
    1. 1978-79 5 Indiana (10), UNLV (15), USF (19), Kentucky (11), Arkansas (11)
    2. 2010-11 4 Temple (20), Washington (21), Missouri (12), K-State (24)
    2009-10 4 Clemson (19), Minnesota (16), Baylor (20), Texas (21)
    2006-07 4 Oklahoma St (12), Kansas (6), Texas (25), Louisville (16)
    5. 2005-06 3 Colorado (25), Texas (6), Syracuse (21)
  • 2010 marked only the third time in school history that an A&M team has scored at least two regular-season wins against ranked non-conference foes … two of the three times have come under Mark Turgeon (2009-10 and 2010-11) … legendary coach Shelby Metcalf won 4 in the 1978-79 season.
  • Mark Turgeon is 4-2 at A&M in games against ranked non-conference opponents during the regular season … his teams have won three straight.
  • A&M played 12 ranked teams last season and five already this year (Temple, Washington, Missouri, Texas, K-State) … the Aggies will play 2 other games against teams ranked in the latest AP poll (Jan. 24), including Kansas (2nd) and Texas (10th).Aggies in the NCAA Rankings
  • In the latest NCAA rankings (as of Jan. 23), A&M ranked 3rd nationally in rebounding margin (+10.4), trailing only Pitt (13.8) and Old Dominion (10.8) … the Aggies have out-rebounded 18 of 19 opponents this season … A&M is 81-13 under Turgeon (17-1 this year) when matching or out-rebounding their foes.
  • A&M also ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense (58.8 ppg) … Stephen F. Austin, whom the Aggies beat at Reed Arena on Dec. 2, leads the nation (54.0).
  • At the statistical release, the Aggies were holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting, which ranks 44th nationally … A&M ranks 20th nationally in 3-point field goal defense, with foes shooting just 29.7 percent from behind the arc.Protecting the Ball
  • Texas A&M has done a good job limiting turnovers of late … over the last 8 games, the Aggies have averaged 11.5 turnovers per game (14.6 average through first 12 games) … A&M has avoided double-digit turnovers three times this year, all coming in the last month (9 vs McNeese State, 9 vs Missouri, 8 at Texas).
  • The Aggies entered the Jan. 22 game with Kansas State averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, but committed 13 TOs in the first half alone (a season high) … A&M committed just four in the second half, with two of those coming in the first 2 minutes of play after the break … the Aggies turned the ball over just twice over the game’s final 18 minutes, outscoring K-State 35-24 over that span en route to an 8-point victory.Thirteen in a Row
  • Texas A&M rattled off 13 straight wins over just under a two-month span from Nov. 26-Jan. 15 … the 13-game streak was the longest in 91 years and the third-longest in school history, and included wins over then No. 12 Missouri, then No. 20 Temple, then No. 21 Washington and against Arkansas on a neutral court in Dallas.LONGEST WIN STREAKS, TEXAS A&M HISTORY
    Year(s) Wins
    1. 1919-21* 25
    2. 1914-16* 20
    3. 2010-11 13
    4. 2004-05 11
    1921-22 11
    * spanned two seasons
  • The 13-game win streak was A&M’s longest since the school-record 25-game streak which spanned the 1919-20 and 1920-21 seasons … it also was the longest in Mark Turgeon’s coaching career, as his 2006-07 Wichita State team won its first 11 games of the season … it was the third time a Turgeon-coached A&M team has won at least eight straight games (13 games, 2010-11; 10 games, 2008-09; 8 games, 2007-08).
  • Over the 13-game win streak, Aggie foes averaged just under 55 points per game and were out-rebounded by a margin of 10.4 boards … a closer look at the numbers:WIN STREAK STATS
    Category
    A&M Points/Game 72.2
    Opponent Points/Game 57.4
    Margin of Victory +14.8
    Opponent FG Pct. .386
    Opponent 3-Pt FG Pct. .286
    Rebound Margin +10.4
    Opp. Combined Record (as of 1/17) 127-88 (.591)
  • Every Aggie opponent on the 13-game streak was held under its season average (not counting overtime periods) … in addition, only two teams on the streak shot better than their season average (Missouri and Pacific).
  • In the last 3 minutes of games on the win streak, the Aggie defense held foes to 24.2 percent shooting (16-of-66) from the field.Locking it Down
  • The Aggies have used quite a few key defensive showings en route to their 17-3 start … a look at some of the defensive efforts that have led to victories so far this season:A&M’S LATE-GAME DEFENSIVE STANDS
    Opponent Clock Situation Opponent rest of game Result Notable
    Kansas State 4:55 left tied (48-48) 2 FG, 2 FT W, 64-56 late 3-ptr came with :12 left & 9-pt lead
    Missouri 1:35 left-OT down 2 (87-85) 1 FG, 0 FT W, 91-89 (OT) MU’s bucket came on tip-in at end of game
    Oklahoma St. 15:08 left up 3 (43-40) 1 FG, 6 FT W, 71-48 OSU scoreless over final 5:41
    Nicholls St. 4:09 left up 9 (62-53) 0 FG, 2 FT W, 66-55
    McNeese St. 3:43 left up 3 (56-53) 2 FG, 0 FT W, 66-57 last MSU FG came w/:00.1 left in game
    Arkansas 6:42 left down 6 (58-52) 0 FG, 2 FT W, 71-62 (OT) UA also scoreless in OT until layup w/:16 left
    Washington 5:02 left up 5 (61-56) 2 FG, 2 FT W, 63-62
    Pacific 5:19 left up 9 (63-54) 1 FG, 2 FT W, 79-59 FG was 3-pointer with :06 left in game
    SFA 3:00 left up 7 (57-50) 1 FG, 0 FT W, 62-53
    Temple 6:42 left down 1 (47-46) 1 FG, 2 FT W, 54-51
    Manhattan 12:49 left up 5 (43-38) 2 FG, 3 FT W, 74-45
  • In the last 3 minutes of games this season, the Aggie defense has held foes to 29.2 percent shooting (28-of-96) from the field and 23.4 percent (11-of-47) from 3-point range.Making a Stand
  • A&M has held 9 of its opponents under 38 percent shooting from the field … under Turgeon, the Aggies are 50-4 (10-0 this year) when their opponent shoots under 40 percent and are 81-21 (16-2) when they make under 50 percent.
  • Only five of the Aggies’ foes–Texas (58%), Missouri (52.2%), Boston College (48.9%), A&M-Corpus Christi (46.7%) and Nebraska (43.8%)–have shot better than 42 percent in a game this year.
  • Texas A&M is 78-13 under Turgeon (16-2 this year) when opponents score under 70 points … the high-water mark for an opponent this year is 89 points (Missouri, Jan. 15 in OT).
  • A&M faced the nation’s leading scorer, Nicholls State’s Anatoly Bose (25.0 PPG), on Jan. 3 … the Aggies held Bose to just 6 points on 1-of-12 shooting … 4 of his 6 points came from the free-throw line … Bose had hit double figures in 23 consecutive games dating back to last year and had not scored fewer than 15 points this season … his only field goal came with just under 17 minutes left in the game.
  • Texas A&M’s defense, which had been strong all season, faced a tough test on Dec. 11 from the nation’s best offense in Washington and shined brightly … A&M held Washington, who entered the contest averaging 95.5 points per game, to a season-low 62 points … the Aggies held the Huskies to a season-low 37.7 percent shooting (entered averaging 51.3%) … A&M’s defense allowed UW 6-of-22 (27.3%) shooting from the 3-point arc (entered averaging 47.5%) … A&M forced Washington into a season-high 20 turnovers.Cashing in From the Charity Stripe
  • Texas A&M is shooting 71.6 percent from the free-throw line this season, fifth-best in the Big 12 (Colorado, 78.0) … that puts the Aggies on track for the fourth-best free-throw percentage in school history and best in 35 years, trailing only the 1967-68 (74.4), 1975-76 (72.8) and 1962-63 (72.8) teams.
  • A&M has shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe in 12 of 20 games this season … the low-water mark for the team this year is a 43-percent showing at Nebraska (6-for-14) … by comparison, last season A&M shot 66.1 percent from the line and shot 70% or better 13 times in 34 games.Senior Watch
  • A&M’s senior class needs 11 more wins to become the winningest class in school history … it is just the fourth class in school history to total at least 90 victories … the Class of 2011 is 90-34 (.726) entering Monday’s game with Texas, trailing only the 2010 (100-38, .725), 2009 (98-37, .726) and 2008 (95-37, .720) classes in the record books.
  • An NCAA bid would make the 2011 seniors just the third class in school history to advance to four NCAA Tournaments, joining those from the Classes of 2009 and 2010.Elite Poll Company
  • Texas A&M (No. 19 football, No. 13 basketball) is one of only THREE schools nationally to be ranked in the top 20 in the latest AP poll in both football and men’s hoops … Ohio State (#1 MBB/#5 FB) and Missouri (#11 MBB/#18 FB) are the others.
  • A&M (No. 19 football, No. 13 MBB, No. 6 WBB) is the ONLY school to be ranked in the top 20 in the latest AP poll in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.Balancing Act
  • The loss of A&M’s top three scorers from last year (Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland, Bryan Davis) appeared to be a challenge that would have to be met by a “team” effort, and so far that’s been the case … the Aggies have four players averaging at least 9 points per game in Khris Middleton (15.9), David Loubeau (10.9), Nathan Walkup (9.9) and B.J. Holmes (9.2).
  • A total of 9 players have combined for 59 double-figure outings (Middleton 16, Holmes 10, Walkup 10, Loubeau 9, Hibbert 6, Roberson 5, Turner 1, Harris 1, Lewis 1) through 19 games.Cracking the Top 10
  • Texas A&M earned its first top-10 ranking in over three years this month, checking in at No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll (Jan. 17) … the last time the Aggies sat in the national top 10 was on Nov. 26, 2007, when they were ranked ninth in both major polls.
  • It also marked just the fifth time in school history that a Texas A&M team has broken the top 10 in a season, joining the 1959-60, 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads … A&M’s school-record ranking in the polls is No. 6, set in the 2006-07 season.Road Warriors
  • The Aggies have won 11 of their last 17 games away from Reed Arena dating back to early February of last season … three of those six losses have been by 4 points or less … A&M’s setbacks in that stretch came at No. 24 Baylor (70-66), against No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals in Kansas City (79-66), in overtime to No. 10 Purdue in the NCAA Second Round in Spokane (63-61), on Thanksgiving Day vs Boston College (67-65) in Orlando, at No. 10 Texas (81-60) and most recently at Nebraska (57-48).Miscellaneous
  • Texas A&M has won nearly 75 percent of its games since the start of the 2006-07 season (117-41, .741) … the Aggies are 160-59 (.731) since the beginning of the ’04-05 campaign.
  • Mark Turgeon (90 wins) has matched D.X. Bible (90 in seven seasons) as the third-winningest coach in school history … Turgeon needs 3 more to eclipse Bob Rogers (92 in six seasons) as the second-winningest coach in A&M annals … Shelby Metcalf (438 wins in 26 1/2 seasons) is the Aggies’ all-time winningest coach.Up Next
  • The Aggies will host Baylor on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m., ESPN) before playing five of its next seven on the road.LAST TIME OUT: Nebraska 57, (#11) Texas A&M 48
    LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 29)–Jorge Brian Diaz scored 16 points and Nebraska held 13th-ranked Texas A&M to two field goals over the final 10 minutes in a 57-48 victory Saturday. The Cornhuskers (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) used a 10-1 spurt to turn a 42-39 deficit into a 49-43 lead in the matchup of the league’s top two defensive teams. Brandon Richardson and Lance Jeter had 10 points apiece for Nebraska, which had lost three to the Aggies (17-3, 4-2). Nathan Walkup scored 13 points and Khris Middleton had 12 for Texas A&M. The Aggies shot 24 percent from the field in the second half and 39 percent for the game. They also committed 14 turnovers and made just 6 of 14 free throws. Nebraska’s win, which came after a 72-71 loss at Texas Tech last Saturday, prompted students to rush the floor after the final buzzer. The Huskers, down 31-24 at halftime, came back to take a 39-37 lead when Diaz scored from underneath with 10:14 left. The Aggies went ahead again on B.J. Holmes’ 3-pointer from the corner, and Middleton’s two free throws made it a three-point game. Then Nebraska went on its decisive run. Diaz’s left-handed scoop and Jeter’s end-to-end drive put Nebraska back on top 45-42 with less than 6 minutes to play, bringing the fans to their feet. Brandon Richardson snaked through the lane for an easy basket and, after Eshaunte Jones went high to rebound Dash Harris’ missed 3-pointer, Jeter bulled in for another layup to make it 49-43 with 4:30 left. The Aggies were up 34-31 early in the second half and had a chance to build on the lead when David Loubeau was intentionally fouled attempting a dunk. Toney McCray shoved Loubeau in the side, causing Loubeau to land hard next to the basket support. Dash Harris shot the free throws and missed both as Loubeau recovered on the bench, and the Aggies couldn’t convert when they retained possession.The Aggies outrebounded the Huskers 34-26, including 19-9 in the first half.

    Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon: “I thought Nebraska was great. They were great defensively. They were very physical. I thought when they knocked David (Loubeau) on his butt we never responded to that intentional foul. It made them tougher than us and us not quite as tough. We never responded. I thought the game was won when we let (Lance) Jeter score in transition. We let them get easy ones instead of making them earn it. He’s a one-man fast break and made two really good plays there in a row. I did a bad job coaching today, which really didn’t help us any, especially in the second half. Nebraska has a really good team, especially in this building. We just weren’t tough enough. It was physical. It was real physical and we didn’t respond. We’ve been able to do that in the past and we didn’t respond today. We just weren’t tough enough and that’s what it comes down to. (Nebraska) can space you out a little bit better this year. They have a few more shooters. I know they didn’t make shots today, (but) they made the big one when it was a three-point game – (Eshaunte) Jones. He always makes them against us. He made a big one in the first half when he was closely guarded and they were struggling. He did it last year in the Big 12 tournament too. (The atmosphere today) was fantastic. It wasn’t nearly that two years ago when we played here. I know it’s still early and everybody still has hope. It means we’ve comes somewhere when Nebraska’s storming the floor when they beat A&M. I guess our program’s come somewhere. I thought the atmosphere was great. It was loud. It really affected us and it got them going defensively. I think it affected a lot of people.”

    Postgame Notes: Nebraska

  • Texas A&M lost its first game this season when leading at halftime (12-1).
  • The Aggies lost for the first time this year when holding an opponent to under 65 points.
  • A&M suffered its first defeat when holding an opponent to under 45 percent shooting.
  • The loss snapped a three-game win streak for A&M over Nebraska and a two-game win streak for the Aggies at the Devaney Center.
  • The Aggies carried a 31-24 lead into the locker room at half … it marked the ninth time this year A&M held an opponent to 25 or fewer points in the first half … Nebraska’s 24 points was the Huskers’ third-lowest first-half output of the year (21 vs Creighton, 23 vs Savannah State).
  • Nebraska improved to 14-0 this year at the Devaney Center.
  • Nathan Walkup scored 13 points, his 11th double-figure game of the season and 18th of his career.
  • Khris Middleton scored 12 points, his team-high 17th double-figure game of the year and 27th of his career.
  • B.J. Holmes led the team in rebounding (6) for the first time this year.ADDITIONAL NOTES: DEFENSE

    Rebounding

  • In the latest NCAA rankings (released Jan. 24), A&M ranked 2nd nationally in rebounding margin (+11.6), trailing only Pittsburgh … the Aggies have out-rebounded all but one opponent this season (Texas) … the Aggies are 80-14 under Turgeon (16-2 this year) when matching or out-rebounding their foes … A&M is just 8-18 under Turgeon (0-1) when being out-rebounded.
  • Texas A&M has out-rebounded three teams this year by 20 or more boards … the Aggies beat Alcorn State on the glass by 20, A&M International by 25 and Wagner by 27 … A&M did not out-rebound anyone last season by more than 18.
  • Four players are averaging about 4 rebounds per game or more–Nathan Walkup (5.7), David Loubeau (5.2), Khris Middleton (4.8) and Kourtney Roberson (3.9) … by comparison just two did so last season–Bryan Davis (8.1) and Loubeau (4.7).
  • The Aggies out-rebounded Wagner by 27 (47-20) in an 86-51 win on Dec. 21 … the 27-board advantage was A&M’s largest since besting Louisiana-Monroe by 27 rebounds on January 3, 2004.Forcing Turnovers
  • Texas A&M is averaging 16.5 points off turnovers per game … under Turgeon, the Aggies are 56-9 (11-0 this year) when they have more points off turnovers than their opponent.
  • Texas A&M’s 16 steals in the win at A&M-Corpus Christi were the most by an Aggie team in the Mark Turgeon era and the most since a win over Grambling State in December 2006.ADDITIONAL NOTES: OFFENSE

    Fast-Paced Offense

  • Texas A&M has outscored its opponents 692-560 in the first half this season and has carried an average lead of 6.6 points into the locker room … the Aggies have led at the break in 13 of 20 games, winning 12 of those contests … Nebraska was the first A&M opponent this year to erase a halftime deficit and pick up a victory.
  • Texas A&M is 39-2 under Mark Turgeon when scoring at least eight fast-break points (9-0 this year) … the Aggies’ 21 fast-break points against Prairie View (Dec. 8) were a season high.
  • The Aggies are 26-3 under Turgeon (5-0 this year) when scoring at least 80 points and 57-5 (10-0) when scoring at least 70 … A&M has scored 74 or more in 8 of its 17 wins this year.
  • A&M is 71-12 under Turgeon when leading at halftime (12-1 this year), and 16-20 when trailing (4-2).Sharing the Ball
  • Texas A&M is averaging 14.4 assists per game this year, on pace for its highest average since the 2006-07 season.
  • The Aggies dished out 20-plus assists in back-to-back games for the first time in the Mark Turgeon era … A&M had 21 against Pacific (Dec. 4) and added 20 in a win over Prairie View (Dec. 8) … the last Aggie team to accomplish that feat was the 2006-07 squad.
  • Texas A&M dished out a season-high 21 assists in a win over Pacific (Dec. 4) … it was the most in a game by an Aggie team since they totaled 21 in a 77-71 win over Kent State on Nov. 29, 2008.Make Shots, Win Games
  • Texas A&M is 60-7 under Turgeon (10-1 this year) when hitting better than 45 percent from the field and a perfect 33-0 (3-0) when hitting at 50 percent or higher.Strong Down Low
  • Texas A&M has scored at least 40 points in the paint in three games this year … A&M did so four times last year … this season, the Aggies are averaging 28.4 points down low (28.6 average in 2009-10).
  • Under Turgeon, A&M is 85-25 when scoring at least 20 points in the paint (15-2 this year).Take Another Chance
  • The Aggies are averaging 14.5 second-chance points through 20 games … A&M only went over 20 in that category one time last year (home vs Texas) but has already done so twice this season … the Aggies averaged 10.9 per game last year.