Battle of the Brazos: Baylor at Texas A&M

Texas A&M and Baylor, both coming off conference losses, will be fighting for Brazos bragging rights as the two teams square off at Reed Arena on Saturday.

The teams: Baylor Bears (9-7, 1-4) at Texas A&M Aggies (13-4, 2-4)

When: Saturday, January 29, 2005; tipoff at 5:06pm (CST)

Location: Reed Arena (12,500 cap.) in College Station, Texas

Television: FSN Southwest

Radio: Texas A&M Radio Network; Dave South (play-by-play) and Colin Killian (commentary)

Sirius Satellite: Ch. 133 (Texas A&M feed)

Live play-by-play and statistics: AggieAthletics.com

Series: Saturday marks the 190th time Texas A&M and Baylor have met on the court in the Battle of the Brazos. The Aggies lead the series 118-71. Baylor has lost eight of the last 10 meetings against A&M in College Station.

Home sweet Reed: Texas A&M is 12-1 at home this season. The Aggies are on pace to shatter A&M's season attendance record for the season and in conference play. The Aggies already have set marks for single game (12,811 vs. Texas), non-conference game (11,200 vs. Houston) and opening night (6,929 vs. North Carolina A&T) and have set a record for non-conference average attendance with 5,338. OU head coach Kelvin Sampson on Reed Arena: "That's not an easy place to play now."

Law still impressive: Aggie Sophomore Acie Law IV has averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the last two games while hitting 11-of-18 (.611) shots from the field, 5-of-9 (.556) from three-point range and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line.

One tough Cub: With a 16.6 scoring average, Baylor freshman Aaron Bruce ranks second among the nation's freshmen in points per game, trailing Auburn's Toney Douglas (18.6 ppg). The guard from Australia leads the pack among Big 12 freshmen in four major categories: Scoring (16.6 ppg); field goal percentage (49.2%); 3-point field goal percentage (40.3%); and free throw percentage (88.9%).

Greenest in the country: Baylor's 2004-05 roster includes nine underclassmen. The Bears returned just three players from last year's roster this season, including two walk-ons. Baylor is only team in the nation to have only one scholarship returnee.

Something to prove: Baylor has won four of the last five games against A&M and swept both contests last season with a 72-64 win in Waco and a 67-61 overtime victory in College Station.

From the line: Baylor ranks third in the Big 12 in free throw accuracy at 70.4 percent and ranks second in steals with an average of 8.9 per game.

History in the making: Billy Gillispie's 13-4 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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