After braving snow in Denver we arrived in Houston on-time this morning for tonight’s basketball game against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Vegas may see this as a 20+ point defeat for the Pioneers but we see this as the upset of the month in college basketball – that is why we are called LetsGoDU!
So what is A&M going to throw at us tonight?
The game is going to be played in Reed Arena at College Station. Built in 1998, the arena holds 12,500 spectators. In recent years, Reed Arena has gained a reputation as one of the most hostile arenas in the nation, coinciding with the men’s and women’s Aggie basketball teams rise to national prominence. This is partly due to a group of students calling themselves the Reed Rowdies which have been instrumental in helping to create an energetic fan atmosphere during basketball games. And yes, school is in session. Still, we are expecting a half full arena for this non-conference tune-up.
Texas A&M sits at 5-2 (losses to USC & UCLA) with what many are calling a top 20 recruiting class. They are members of the SEC and their conference pre-season poll puts them in 3rd place with Kentucky placed in the top spot.
The sizable Aggies squad have four players averaging double figures. C 6’9″ Tyler Davis (14.6 ppg.), F 6’9″ D.J. Hogg (13.3 ppg.), G 6’4″ Admon Gilder (12.9 ppg.) and F 6’9″ Robert Williams (10.1 ppg.) round out the scoring for A&M. Gilder leads the team in assists with 35 A&M can score, averaging 75.3 ppg. with a huge 12 point scoring margin. They are hitting field goals at a 47.1% clip but the Pioneers must watch out for turnovers. The Aggies are copping 6.9 steals per game and blocking 6.3 shots per game while only committing 12 turnovers per game. The Aggies are also out-rebounding their opponents by 5.1 boards per game. The Pioneers will surely be tested by the Aggies athleticism tonight.
Tip-off is at 6:00 PM MT. We will be at world famous Dixie Chicken in College Station before the game so Pioneer fans – join us.