January 17, 2008

After loss, A&M has short turnaround for KSU

What is it about Texas Tech that they are kryptonite to Texas A&M? In 2007 the Red Raiders, despite being a team that didn't make the NCAA tournament beat Texas A&M in both meetings. The Aggies only lost three Big 12 conference games all season.

Wednesday night in Lubbock, the Raiders struck again as they upset No. 9 A&M, 68-53, in what will go down as head coach Bob Knight's 900th victory - the first coach in men's basketball to ever reach the milestone. For Aggie fans, however, the thought of Knight getting no. 900 against a much more talented and skilled Aggie team is just unbearable.

The Aggies, though, put together their worst game of the season to drop to 15-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12. The 17 points they scored in the first half was a season low for a half, by 13 points. The 15-point deficit at halftime was the largest deficit the Aggies faced all season. That was, until Tech's lead reached 24 in the second half. A&M turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 20 times. They only hit 18 field goals in shooting just 34-percent for the game.

"We're peeing down out legs out there. We're dribbling off our knees and we couldn't make a lay-up," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We had great practices and we got after them this week because of the way we guarded (against Colorado). We couldn't sense it. I mean, some of our shots were going up crooked at the start. It was the same guys making 3's last game. They have to grow up quickly, obviously, and I have to do a better job of getting them ready."

Wednesday's loss was the first true road game the Aggies had played since they faced Arizona on Dec. 2 in Tucson. That is the only other blemish on A&M's 2007-08 record to date.

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