Big 12 Capsule: Texas A&M

Why are the Aggies a Big 12 darkhorse? Read more below.

Texas A&M

Record: 12-1

Strength: Rebounding

The Aggies are dominant on the offensive boards, pulling down 43.1 percent of available offensive rebounds, good for fourth nationally. The Aggies also limit their opponents to just 27 percent of their available offensive boards (15th). The Aggie defense overall is a strong one, with Texas A&M ranking 19th in adjusted defensive efficiency and 15th in effective field goal percentage while only allowing opposing teams to shoot 28.5 percent from beyond the arc (27th). As physical as Texas A&M is, the Aggies do a great job of finding the free throw line, with a FTA/FGA ratio of 45.8 (38th).

Weakness: Turnovers

Texas A&M's sole major weakness appears to be that the Aggies turn the ball over on 22.3 percent of their possessions (232nd). Other than that, the Aggies are decent to good in nearly every category. A&M doesn't take a lot of three-pointers, but does hit a decent percentage of the ones the Aggies take.

Star Player: Khris Middleton, F

It was a tough choice between Middleton and Nathan Walkup, who ranks among the country's top 64 players in offensive rating and offensive rebound percentage. But Middleton has a nice offensive rating of his own and is the Aggies' leading scorer (15.2) by more than four points per game (nearly five above Walkup, who is third). Middleton is a decent shooter who makes the most of his free throw opportunities (almost 85 percent). He's third on the team in both rebounding and assists, while he's tied for second in steals.


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