January 24, 2007

A&M looks to stay atop Big 12 in Lubbock

Texas A&M will head into its first game ever in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 conference when the Aggies face Texas Tech tonight at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

And staying in sole possession of first place won't be easy as Texas Tech (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) is starting to prove that the beating the Raiders in Lubbock is a tough order after they sent No. 8 Kansas back to Lawrence with its first conference loss of the season.

A&M (16-2, 4-0), however, shook off the lag that had plagued them in narrow victories to start the conference slate with a 19-point drubbing of No. 13 Oklahoma State at Reed Arena. Defensively, A&M gave the Cowboy guards fits, and Tech is a guard-heavy squad.

Tech's largest worry has to be A&M's front court duo of Joseph Jones and Antanas Kavaliauskas. The Red Raiders don't have anyone that can match up with the Aggie big men in the paint.

But can the Aggies slow down Raider guards Jarrius Jackson, Martin Zeno and Charlie Burgess in front of a boisterous Tech crowd?

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