Texas A&M hopes to 'Rock Reed' and the KU Jayhawks

<b>Record:</b> 7-5, 0-1 Big 12<br> <b>Last action:</b> Lost at Missouri, 82-77<br> <b>Up next:</b> (#12) Kansas</A> (10-2, 2-0 Big 12), in College Station<br> <b>When:</b> Saturday, Jan. 17 at 3pm<br> <b>Radio:</b> Texas A&M Sports Network (www.AggieAthletics.com)<br> <b>TV:</b> ESPN (national)<br>

Of note: In a promotional campaign encouraging Aggie fans to attend Saturday's game and to support the team, Texas A&M is hoping to "Rock Reed" Arena in front of a live ESPN audience. On the Jayhawk side of things, Kansas extended it's winning streak over Kansas State to an impressive 27 games on Wednesday night in Lawrence after a 73-67 victory over the archival Wildcats. The Aggies are looking for their first win in history on the basketball court against Kansas.

Who's hot: Kansas Junior, Michael Lee. Out for six weeks with a broken collarbone, Lee returned to action on Wednesday against rival KSU with a career-high 16 point showing. "I don't think we win the game without him," KU coach Bill Self said. Lee returned to the court mid-way through the first half and drained a three-pointer in his first attempt.
Texas A&M senior Andy Slocum notched 11 points and 10 rebounds at Missouri last Saturday, placing him in a tie for the Big 12 lead in double-doubles with five this season. Slocum is averaging 11.2 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last seven games.

Tough to beat: No. 12 ranked KU is on a four-game win streak. Wednesday's win over KSU gives the 'Hawks a six-game win streak in regular-season Big 12 games dating back to last season.

Key injury: KU freshman center David Padgett has a slight stress fracture in his left foot and is doubtful for Saturday's game. Senior Bryant Nash made his third career start Wednesday in place of Padgett, who had previously started all 11 games this season.

About Kansas: The Jayhawks, coming off of a close conference win against interstate rival KSU, are a team known for dunking the ball. Heading into Wednesday's game against KSU, the KU boasted 36 dunks this season compared to just 14 for their opponents. Kansas is 9-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season. The ‘Hawks are holding opponents to their fewest points (63.7) since 1980-81. Kansas has held its last 63 opponents under 100 points. Kansas has held 70 of its last 72 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.

Success at the line: In last week's win against Long Island, A&M made of 23-of-24 free throw attempts, setting a Big 12 Conference record for free throw accuracy at 95.8 percent. Entering Wednesday's game against KSU, the Jayhawks were shooting a Big 12-leading 78.3 percent from the free throw line, which would best the school single-season record of 73.3 percent set in 1948-49.

Much improved: After committing a season-high 28 turnovers against Louisiana-Monroe, the Aggies had only 10 against Long Island and 15 at Missouri.

Facing the foe: Saturday's conference game against Big 12 North Kansas marks the ninth time the Aggies have faced the Jayhawks, dating back to the series opener in 1967. Kansas leads the series, 9-0.

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