When: Friday, November 25 at 12pm CT
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois.
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Texas A&M Trends:
Texas A&M ended the Myrtle Beach Invitational with a 67-51 win over Loyola Chicago, but it was a disappointing weekend overall as the Aggies went 1-2 and conceded 95.5 points per game while playing the first two games of the tournament to Colorado and Murray State.
A&M reacted in the Finals against the Ramblers and will look to take another step forward in their first real road game of the season against the Blue Demons on Friday.
While Julius Marble has been hitting double-digit goals against Murray State, Colorado and Loyola Chicago in the past few games, the Aggies are still trying to get a few other players working.
Wade Taylor leads the way with an average of 14.2 points per match, while five other players average at least eight points per game. It was a slow start to the year for Tyrece Radford, who only had four and seven points against Colorado and Loyola while finishing 1-of-11 overall. Henry Coleman has also had a somewhat slow start to the year but is looking to build up a five-rebound 13-point rebound effort against Loyola on Sunday.
DePaul opened the year with three straight wins, including a road win over Minnesota, but is also looking to respond with losses to Oklahoma State and Santa Clara after a disappointing performance at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship.
The Blue Demons are operating without one of their top front-court options in Nick Ongenda, who is expected to miss the contest against the Aggies as he continues to recover from an injury earlier in the season.
Senior guard Umoja Gibson has gotten off to a strong start with the Blue Demons, despite averaging 17 points and 6.4 assists per game. Senior forward Javan Johnson has helped shoulder the offensive load, averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Eral Penn is also averaging 12.2 points and 8.8 boards per contest.
key to the game
While Texas A&M is still trying to find their way offensively, the Aggies are among the best in the nation when it comes to hitting the free throw line. A&M ranks in the top 25 nationally for free tries and brands, which helped mask some of the shooting problems they had early on. Nonetheless, the Aggies are still averaging 77 points per game and have been best offensively attacking the color.
The problems have arrived at the other end of the floor. A&M has been poor so far this year, allowing for penetration and undisputed jump shots. A&M also ranks 314th in the country for defensive rebounding, which is a worrying entry into this game. Just ask Minnesota, who were overtaken in a 48-32 loss to the Blue Demons earlier this year. DePaul isn’t a great shooting team, but can cause A&M problems if the Aggies don’t fix some of the rotation and rebound problems they had at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.