Texas A&M 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Texas A&M Aggies - Big 12 (25-6, 13-3)
Seed: #3 - South Region
Big Wins: 2/3 at Kansas (69-66), 2/5 Texas (100-82), 2/21 at Oklahoma State (66-46)
Bad Losses: 12/5 at LSU (52-64), 1/24 at Texas Tech (68-70), 2/13 Texas Tech (75-77)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, Second Round loss to LSU
Coach: Billy Gillispie (1-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)
Probable Texas A&M Starters:
Acie Law IV, Senior, Guard, 17.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg
Dominique Kirk, Junior, Guard, 6.5 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.2 rpg
Josh Carter, Sophomore, Guard, 12.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, 4. rpg
Joseph Jones, Junior, Forward, 13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Antanas Kavaliauskas, Senior, Center, 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Texas A&M:
Donald Sloan, Freshman, Guard, 5.3 ppg, 1.8 apg
Marlon Pompey, Senior, Forward, 3.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
What makes the Aggies so good is the fact that they play as a team on both ends of the floor. Led by senior Acie Law IV, Texas A&M dishes out nearly 18 assists per game. Everybody moves without the ball and shares the ball, which makes the Aggies an extremely difficult team to guard. On the defensive side of the ball, A&M rarely gives up an easy basket.
With the entire starting five capable of scoring 20 points on any given night, the opposition never knows where to concentrate their defensive effort. Law leads the way with 17.9 points per game. The inside duo of Joseph Jones and Antanas Kavaliauskas combine to average 25.7 points. Josh Carter is a tremendous long range shooter and shoots 51.6% from behind the arc. Defensive specialist Dominique Kirk has started to look for his shot more as the season has progressed and is developing into a solid shooter.
Why Texas A&M Can Disappoint:
Despite the huge group of players crammed onto the bench in their warm-ups, the depth at TAMU can become a problem. Coach Billy Gillispie has only seven players that average over ten minutes per game. The team commits nearly 20 fouls a game and you don’t have to be a math major to know that somebody is going to be in foul trouble just about every game with those numbers. If the referees are calling it tight, the physical defense of the Aggies will run into foul problems and be far less effective.
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Who To Watch:
Law is a tremendous team leader and the 6-3 Dallas product almost always steps up for the big games. The 17.9 points and 5.3 assists per game does not tell the whole story with Law. The defense is solid and Law is the coach on the floor. He will get to the basket and find his open teammates and can consistently hit the big shot.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 76.3 (41st in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 59.2 (16, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 50.1 (5, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.2 (2, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.4 (66, 4)
Rebound Margin: 4.9 (36, 2)
Assists Per Game: 18.0 (6, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.5 (41, 3)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Second Round loss to Louisville
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