January 24, 2007

Aggies Come Calling

The Red Raiders host Texas A&M tonight in a battle royale for the Big 12 lead on the line. A win by A&M solidifies their undisputed hold on the first spot in the conference standings. A win by Texas Tech puts the Raiders in the top position with wins over conference favs Kansas and A&M.

The Aggies
I am not sure enough good things can be said about the 2006-2007 Texas A&M team. Top to bottom they are a big, physical team filled with good shooters who mostly only take good shots. They can pass the ball and are excellent rebounders.

The undisputed team leader is 6-foot-3 senior guard Acie Law. Law leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game, assists with five per game, and steals at 1.3 per game. He shoots .519 from the field on 107-of-206 on the season, and from the arc he shoots a very nice 18-of-44, .409. He's second on the team in free throws attempts with 74, and has made 55 for a .743 percentage. Law does all this in about 32 minutes an outing.

6-foot-9, 260 pound junior post Joseph Jones roams the paint for A&M. He leads the team in rebounds at 6.7 a night,and scores a second-best 13.8. Jones is a really good free throw shooter, hitting 85.6% of his team-leading 97 attempts. A good shooter on a team of good shooters, Jones finds the basket 56.7% of the time having gone 80-for-141 on the year. Almost all his shots come close to the hoop. He will drift outside and fire up the occasional long bomb, but he is 5-of-16 from the arc on the season.

The third leading scorer for Texas A&M is 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Josh Carter. The lone underclassman in the starting rotation, he scores 12.4 points a night on 74-for-144 shooting overall. He is one of the best three point shooters in the nation, going 47-for-93, .505, on the year. The bulk of his shots are spot up jumpers, and as such he does not get to the free throw line as often as many of his compatriots - but he is a deadeye at the stripe, going 28-of-31 for 90.3 percent.

The fourth double-digit scorer is 6-foot-10, 250 pound senior center Antanas Kavaliauskas. Among players who see significant action, he leads a team of great shooters by hitting 93-for-155 from the floor - a sizzling .600 shooting exhibition. All but five of his shots this season have come practically within arms reach of the basket. Although he plays inside on offense, he tends to turn and shoot or sweep to the basket and as such draws suprisingly little contact. He has made 33 of 46 free throw attempts this year, .717 shooting from the stripe. He's the second-leading rebounder for his team, pulling down 5.6 boards a night in over 26 minutes of play.

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