The next four games for
The Aggies are a mystery to most.
Nobody is real sure how good Billy Gillispie's team is. Their record indicates
they are a good team (11-4). But, the competition pre Big 12 play has been a
little suspect. I'm not taking anything away from the likes of
In conference play, Texas A&M
won their first game over Texas Tech 63-51, then has dropped three straight by a
combined seven points, all in the last minute. (@ Ok. State 77-79,
Last season the Aggies completely
This year the Aggies are a classic two-headed attack. They have a solid guard in Acie Law IV and one of the best young big men in the country in Joseph Jones. Law, in his junior season, is averaging 17 points, but putting up over 24 points in conference play. Law is a versatile guard at 6'3. He can shoot it (37 percent from 3) or take it to the rim. He is very adept at creating his own shot.
Jones, a sophomore, may be the
best young post player in the Big 12. At 6'9 250 he is a well built specimen
that will bully his way in the inside. He is averaging 15 points and seven
boards. He also has a nice touch from the free-throw stripe (78 percent). In a
The Aggies also start 6'3 sophomore guard Dominique Kirk. He averages 6.2 points, but had 15 points last season against ISU. He can hurt you from outside, shooting 38 percent from downtown. 6'5 senior forward Chris Walker is in the starting line-up to play defense. He is a great stopper, but struggles to score (3.4 PPG). The other post man is Marlon Pompey a 6'8 225 junior. He played with Curtis Stinson in prep school. Pompey is a physical, aggressive player who gets points off rebounds and free throws. (7 PPG, 4 RBG) He has just as many offensive boards as defensive.
Off the bench, coach Gillispie turns to sharp-shooter Josh Carter (6'5 freshman). Carter puts up eight points a game off the bench. Almost 70 percent of his shots come from beyond the arc, where he shoots 37 percent. Second off the bench is 6'10 JUCO transfer Antanas Kavaliauskas (I'm glad I'm not John Walters for that pronunciation.) Mr. K averages 5.5 points and 3 rebounds. He also will throw his 250 pounds around as he picks up a foul every four minutes.
The Aggies have a simple
game-plan. Force tons of turnovers with pressure D, they lead the Big 12 in
turnovers forced at over 21 per game. They also will attack the glass and go to
the free throw line. They lead the Big 12 in free throws made per game (18) and
attempted (26). They aren't an electric offensive team, but they will attempt to
make you play their physical brand of basketball.