Texas A&M will look to break a three-game losing streak when it plays Texas on Sunday afternoon at Dickies Arena. The brand-new arena just opened last month and is a multi-functional, 14,000-seat arena located in Fort Worth. The Longhorns enter the game with a 7-1 record, whereas Texas A&M comes into the contest at 3-4 on the season.
Texas rolling in early stages of seasonTexas is off to a hot start this season, winning seven of its first eight games of the year. The Longhorns opened the campaign with a four-game winning streak, picking up victories against Northern Colorado, Purdue, Cal Baptist and Prairie View. Their lone setback came in an 82-66 loss against Georgetown in the 2K Empire Classic. However, they have won three straight games since then, beating California, McNeese State and UAB.
The Longhorns are led by junior guard Matt Coleman III, who is scoring 13.8 points per game and leading the team with 4.9 assists per game. He is also the best 3-point shooter on the squad, hitting 16 of his 32 attempts from downtown. Sophomore guard Andrew Jones has done damage off the bench, scoring 12.4 points per game. He is 17 of 46 from the perimeter. Sophomore guard Courtney Ramey is adding 9.9 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding with 4.3 boards per contest. Junior forward Jericho Sims is the best big man on the Longhorns’ roster, leading the way with 7.0 rebounds per game to go along with 9.1 points per contest.
Aggies hoping to snap losing streakTexas A&M has not started the season the way that it had hoped. The Aggies picked up wins in three of their first four games, beating Northwestern State, Louisiana-Monroe and Troy. However, when they went up against No. 8 Gonzaga at home, the Aggies stood no chance, losing the game by 30 points. Since that four-game stretch to open the season, Texas A&M has lost three games in a row. The Aggies lost to Harvard on the road on Thanksgiving and followed it up with losses to Temple and Fairfield.
The Aggies are led by junior wing Savion Flagg, who is scoring 11.0 points per game and is adding 4.6 rebounds per game. He has had the most luck shooting from the perimeter, although he is just 11 of 32. Senior forward Josh Nebo is the Aggies’ leading rebounder, bringing down 5.3 rebounds per game to go along with 10.0 points per contest. Texas A&M junior guard T.J. Starks was suspended earlier this year for a violation of team rules, and he announced that he would be leaving the program last week. Starks was expected to play a big role this season, as he averaged double figures last year. Senior guard Wendell Mitchell is scoring 9.6 points per game and is 10 of 44 from downtown.