The teams: Texas A&M Aggies (13-3, 2-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-7, 2-3)
When: Wednesday, January 26, 2005; tipoff at 7:07pm (CST)
Location: Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,595 cap.) in Lincoln, Nebraska
Television: FSN Midwest (Nebraska only)
Radio: Airtime 6:45pm CST; Texas A&M Radio Network. Dave South (play-by-play) and Colin Killian (commentary)
Sirius Satellite: Ch. 111 (Nebraska feed)
Series: The Aggies and Huskers are meeting for just the 13th time in a series that dates back to the 1969-70 season. Nebraska leads the series by a 9-3 margin with a 5-1 advantage at the Devaney Center. The Huskers have won three of the past four meetings.
Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Gillispie on Nebraska: "They're good. They're mostly man, but they'll mix it up some. They're very well coached. Coach Collier has done a great job over there and they're really hard to beat. I think they're a team that could emerge as one of the upper echelon teams in the league, if they continue to get better."
Hot numbers: The Aggies are among the top three in the Big 12 in several categories, including field-goal percentage (49.4), scoring margin (+17.2), field-goal percentage defense (36.5), three-point field-goal percentage defense (30.5) and scoring defense (58.9 ppg). Texas A&M leads the league in rebounding margin (+8.3) and ranks second in rebounding defense (30.9). The Aggies are averaging 76.1 points per game on the year.
Law continues to awe: A&M Sophomore Acie Law IV ranks second in the league with 5.1 assists per game and is hitting 53.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from long range. Law scored 17 points and added five assists while making 5-of-7 (.714) from the field and 3-of-4 (.750) three--pointers against Kansas State.
Freshman phenom: Texas A&M freshman Joseph Jones has had five double-doubles, the most by a freshman in the Big 12, and ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (7.5). He's the only Big 12 freshman to average at least 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Jones has averaged 12.2 points while making 60.0 percent from the field in conference play.
Tough to win in the corn: Six of Nebraska's eight wins this season have come at the Devaney Center. The Huskers have held opponents to just 8.8 assists against 15.8 turnovers in Lincoln, and nearly 60 percent of Nebraska's three-pointers (62-of-107) have come at home.
The long ball: Nebraska has hit 71 three-pointers in their past nine games (7.88 per contest. Husker freshman Joe McCray has led the onslaught in these games, averaging 17.2 points per contest while hitting 33-of-83 (39.8) from long range. Marcus Neal Jr. follows with 17 three-pointers while Wes Wilkinson has added 12.
Record setter?: At his current Big 12-leading pace of 3.13 treys per game, McCray could challenge for the NU single-season record of 89. McCray had five three-pointers in consecutive games against Colorado and Texas. McCray has four games with at least five treys this season and has been named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week twice this year.
History in the making: Billy Gillispie's 13-3 start is the best by a first-year coach in A&M history. Gillispie has already posted the fourth most wins by a first-year Aggie coach and is closing in on the record of 18 (18-7) set by Shelby Metcalf in 1963-64.
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