No denying the strong effort level being put forth by the youthful Gamecocks, so fully expect that…
Aggie Hoops Host Gamecocks
Texas A&M (11-4, 2-0) enters the game riding the momentum of two straight SEC wins after it defeated Arkansas at Reed Arena last Wednesday before earning a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory over Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday.
During its most recent outing on Saturday in Knoxville, Texas A&M trailed the Volunteers by 14 early in the second before hitting the comeback trail. The underdog effort hit its crescendo when the Aggies secured the improbable victory on a game-winning 3-pointer from junior Antwan Space with just 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest.
Junior Jamal Jones showed his offensive prowess during the second half vs. Tennessee by scoring 20 of his career-best 23 points after halftime to spearhead the come-from-behind victory. The Wynne, Ark., native is emerging as one of the most dependable scorers in the SEC and averaging 18.5 points per contest in league play.
Facilitating the offensive attack for the Aggies is sophomore guard Alex Caruso who has racked up 19 assists during the two SEC contests and enters the week leading the league in assists (77) and assists per game (5.1) while also ranking fourth in the conference in steals per game (2.4).
On the defensive end of the court, Texas A&M has proven to be one of the toughest defending teams to opposing offenses this season. The Aggies stand out as just one of 13 teams nationally to allow less than 60 points per game, ranking 12th in the country by allowing just 59.8 points on average. Additionally, the Aggies check in at 11th in the country and top the SEC in field goal percentage defense (.379).
The Gamecocks (7-8), meanwhile, come to Aggieland searching for their first SEC win after dropping contests at Florida and at home to LSU last week. Led by second-year head coach Frank Martin, USC featured a balanced scoring attack with three players averaging double-figure points on the year - Tyrone Johnson (11.9), Sindari Thornwell (11.7) and Brenton Williams (11.1).
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