No. 6 Texas A&M hosts Texas Tech Tuesday night at Reed Arena in what is a revenge match for the Aggies. The Raiders handed A&M it's only Big 12 loss in Lubbock last month, 70-68.
To get the win Tech (15-10, 4-6 Big 12) shot 48.7-percent from the field, which is the highest of any A&M opponent this season, and 10-of-18 from beyond the three-point arc. Even with that offensive output, Tech only won by two at home. Since then the Raiders have been on a five-game losing streak.
A&M (21-3, 9-1), however, has done the exact opposite as it has been on a five-game winning streak that including a road win over Kansas and a home win over Texas. The Aggies shot over 50-percent against Tech in Lubbock, but sophomore Josh Carter was held scoreless.
Carter has scored 50 in his last two games combined and has become a major forece for the Aggies on the offensive end. A&M also has more players contributing to the Aggies' winning ways. Tech, on the other hand, has been going the opposite way.
Will A&M gets its revenge or will Tech revert back to its winning ways in College Station? Tip-off is a 6 p.m. at Reed Arena and is broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
No. 6 TEXAS A&M AGGIES
PPG: 5.6 RPG: 2.8 3pt%: 41.5
Texas Tech continues to rotate starters in the front court, but senior forward Darryl Dora continues to get the most minutes and had the start against A&M in Tech's upset in Lubbock. In that game Dora scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds, but where he can be deadly is from behind the 3-point arc where not many big men can follow. Also, freshman Decensae White or sophomore Damir Suljagic could start here instead of Dora.
PPG: 13.0 RPG: 6.5 FT%: 81.4
In the last two games junior forward Joseph Jones hasn't had big games. Against Texas he got into foul trouble early and often, and against Nebraska he scored 11 points but also got into foul trouble, limiting him to 23 minutes. Jones can be a force in the paint, as he has been plenty this season, but he must watch himself on defense where he is picking up a lot of quick fouls. Against the athletic Dora and Plefka, Jones needs to keep himself in check and in the game.
PPG: 6.7 RPG: 2.8 MIN: 17.3
Senior Jon Plefka is the most likely starter at power forward as he has started 12 of 20 games this season, but he has been sharing time in the paint with Sulgajic, White, Michael Prince and Tanner Ogden. Plefka had a solid game against the Aggies the last time around as he led the Raiders in rebounds with seven rebounds and scored 17 points. The senior proved to be an adequate asset against A&M's big men.
PPG: 12.1 RPG: 6.0 FG%: 58.0
Senior Antanas Kavaliauskas is quietly at it again. He is improving more and more, especially on the boards where he often leads A&M at the end of the day. He is also very good in the paint, but has problems with longer, taller defenders in the post. But he is also very good from the high post, and has some bal handling and outside shooting skills.