Vanderbilt Basketball Preview: Texas A&M

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to College Station to face Texas A&M in a game that could have significant championship and seeding implications for both teams. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Aggies.

After Vanderbilt's 77-60 victory over A&M back in early February, the Aggies lost three straight before getting things back on track. A&M'S recent win at Auburn was their fifth straight. 

Looking at the Aggies key players, Six-foot-7 guard/forward Jalen Jones continues to lead the Aggies in scoring.  In the Commodore win over the Aggies back in February Jones was held to just four points and was just 1-of-13 from the field.  

Not far behind Jones in scoring average is another 6-foot-7 player, guard Danuel House.  House, a preseason first team All-SEC selection, tallied 10 points in the loss at Vandy.

Six-foot-10 freshman center Tyler Davis is the Aggies third leading scorer.  He had just six points and three rebounds in the loss to the Commodores.

Two guards, Alex Caruso and Anthony Collins spearhead the Texas A&M offensive attack.  Caruso, a 2nd Team Preseason All-SEC selection, led the starters in scoring in the loss at Vandy with 11 points. Collins, a graduate transfer from South Florida, had just one bucket in the loss at Vandy but has over 700 career assists, third best of active players in the NCAA.

Looking at the Vandy-Texas A&M stat comparison, the two teams are very similar in scoring offense and defense.  Vandy has a small edge in shooting accuracy and blocked shots while A&M gets the nod in assists and steals. The Aggies have the stronger RPI.

Winning on the road has been a challenge for Vandy this season but the Commodores have proved recently that they can play well away from home.  Vandy must follow a similar script as they had in Nashville with sound shooting and solid defense. The Dores can win but it likely be a tighter contest and the team must keep their poise.

Saturday's game tips off at 11 am central time and can be seen on ESPN2.

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