Game 6: Syracuse (5-0) vs. No. 25 Texas A&M (6-0)
All-time series: Texas A&M leads 1-0
Date: Friday, Nov. 27th
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
"I watched Texas A&M and I haven't seen a bigger, stronger, more physical team in my life. I'm not going to have much rest the rest of today," coach Boeheim said following SU's 79-76 victory over No. 18 Connecticut.
The Aggies, who weren't tested until their 62-61 victory over No. 10 Gonzaga, are 6-0 on the year. They're led by senior guard Danuel House, who is averaging 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He stands at 6-foot-7, the same as Syracuse starting PG Michael Gbinije.
Starting center Tonny Trocha-Morelos scored 14 points against Gonzaga in 22 minutes. Like Trocha-Morelos, Tyler Davis, who is also listed as a center, stands at 6-foot-10. The Aggies have a lot of size that could cause problems for the Orange.
Outside of House and Trocha Morelos, Texas A&M struggled to score against Gonzaga. The Zags out-rebounded the Aggies 35-26.
A&M shot 50% (7-for-14) from 3-point range and 81.3% (13-for-16) from the free throw line on Wednesday. Syracuse will have their work cut out for them on Friday.
They average 91.6 points per game, which is 14th-best in the country.
The Aggies are led by Billy Kennedy, who is in his sixth season at A&M.
Three things to watch:
- Rebounding: Syracuse did a great job on the boards against Connecticut. They'll need a repeat performance against the Aggies.
- Malachi Richardson: Malachi has yet to get it going in the Bahamas, but tweeted out that he has to, and will, play better on Friday. It will be interesting to see how he plays with the Battle 4 Atlantis championship on the line.
- Free throws: Syracuse shot 61.5% from the free throw line against Connecticut. Their fifteen missed free throws is a season-high. Not only is that number concerning, it has to improve, otherwise Friday's championship game could get ugly, fast.