Ten things to know about Texas A&M

Ten things to know about Texas A&M heading into today’s game against Kentucky.

  1. The Aggies broke a four-game losing streak — after their win at UK on Jan. 12 — with a 55-49 overtime win at Mississippi State on Wednesday. Texas A&M trailed 31-17 early in the second half before rallying for the win.
  2. Elston Turner, who scored 40 points at Rupp in the first UK-A&M game, did not score and committed four turnovers in the first half at MSU. He scored 11 points after that, including a fadeaway three-pointer with 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Aggies a 53-49 lead.
  3. Fabyon Harris has come on for the Aggies. He scored 17 at Mississippi State and has made 20 of 37 shots over his last three games. Harris has hit seven of 16 threes over his last four games and has scored in double digits eight of his last 11 games. Harris scored 14 in the second half at Rupp.
  4. After scoring 83 points against Kentucky, Texas A&M has struggled to score points. In its five games since, A&M has not scored more than 54 points in regulation.
  5. Texas A&M shot 52.5 percent from the floor — Turner was 14-of-19 — in the win at Rupp. Kentucky’s last four foes have all failed to shoot 40 percent.
  6. Turner’s 40 points were a huge factor in the Aggies’ win over UK in the first meeting, but Texas A&M also got 48.4 percent of its offensive rebounds. Billy Kennedy’s club had 15 offensive boards while UK had 16 defensive boards. Ole Miss had 26 offensive boards against UK on Tuesday, while the Cats had 35 defensive rebounds.
  7. Former Murray State coach Billy Kennedy is just 27-25 so far as the Texas A&M coach. The Aggies went 14-18 last season.
  8. Today will be the first time that Texas A&M has played host to Kentucky and its the first time the Aggies have played host to a defending national champ. All reserved seats at Reed Arena are sold out. The venue seats 12,898. Its largest crowd was 13,717  for a game vs. Texas on February 27, 2010. A&M has lost its last two home games, by the way, to Florida and Georgia.
  9. After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half at Mississippi State, Texas A&M forced 14 turnovers in the second half. Kentucky committed just one second-half turnover at Ole Miss.
  10. The other Turner, Ray, has struggled of late for the Aggies. Turner has just 15 points and 13 rebounds over his last four games. Ray Turner wears No. 35 to honor 2010 Aggie signee Tobi Oyedeji, who was killed in car accident before reporting to campus.
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