It isn't that the coach want a return to last year's sort of SEC consistency. Rick Ray would rather…
Aggies Take Road Show to Mississippi St.
The Aggies (12-4, 3-0 SEC) are riding the confidence of a four-game winning which has seen them capture SEC wins over Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina. No. 7 Florida stands alongside Texas A&M as the only other SEC team that remains unbeaten in league play, sharing a 3-0 conference record.
During their most recent outing, a 75-67 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday at Reed Arena, Texas A&M got great offensive contributions from a pair of rookies off the bench as both Davonte Fitzgerald and Shawn Smith provided a spark.
Fitzgerald, a true freshman from Atlanta, Ga., contributed 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor while Smith, who redshirted last season during his first year on campus, finished with a career-best 14 points off the Aggie bench.
Junior Jamal Jones continues to be a consistent offensive producer for A&M as he did much of his damage against the Gamecocks from the free throw line where he went 9-of-12. The Wynne, Ark., native recorded 22 points in the contest to raise his scoring average during SEC play to 19.7 points per contest.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, enter the weekend with an 11-5 overall mark this season and a 1-2 record in the SEC. After falling during their league opener at Kentucky, MSU picked up a 76-72 home win over arch-rival Ole Miss last Saturday. The squad's most recent outing came on Wednesday as the Bulldogs dropped an 80-61 decision to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mississippi State is 9-1 on its home court this season and brings a four-game home winning streak into the contest against the Aggies.
Second-year head coach Rick Ray's team features a young roster that regularly starts all underclassmen including sophomore Craig Sword, who leads MSU by averaging 14.5 points per game.
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