Wednesday night also marked the return of junior Michael Lee to the KU lineup, and he responded with a career-high 16 points in 22 minutes of action.
The Aggies (7-5 overall, 0-1 Big 12) haven't played since an 82-77 loss at Missouri on Jan. 10 in the Hearnes Center. That loss snapped a two-game Aggie win streak, as they've won four of their last six games. Saturday's meeting marks the ninth all-time between Kansas and Texas A&M, with the Jayhawks holding an 8-0 series lead.
Padgett missed Wednesday's game with KSU and is questionable against Texas A&M due to a stress fracture in his left foot, so senior Jeff Graves should step into the starting lineup. The team is shooting a Big 12-best 76.9 percent from the free throw line, which would rank as a KU single-season record. The team is struggling from beyond the arc, shooting just 28.0 percent from three-point range. Kansas' bench has been led by Graves up front and Jeff Hawkins on the perimeter, and KU's subs are out-scoring opponent reserves 211-193 on the year.
Texas A&M is 7-5 heading into Saturday's game with the Jayhawks. Texas A&M scores 79.9 points per game on 44.0 percent shooting from the floor. The Aggies are led by Antoine Wright, who scores 15.0 points per game on 39.1 percent shooting from the field. Andy Slocum chips in with 10.2 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game. Texas A&M is coached by Melvin Watkins, who is 46-82 in his fifth season with the Aggies, 88-84 in his seventh season as a head coach overall.