Hoops Preview - Texas A&M

Now at 6-2, the Washington Huskies will aim to complete a Texas sweep when they travel to College Station, Tex. Saturday to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M. The tip time is set for 1:30 p.m. PST and the game will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. It will also be broadcasted in Seattle on KJR-950AM.

Texas A&M, who is 8-1, has one solid win over then-ranked No. 20 Temple. The only loss of the season for the Aggies came on a neutral court against Boston College.

Leading the way for the Aggies with 13.8 points per game is Khris Middleton. The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward is also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is also 28-29 from the charity stripe, which ranks him fourth in the country in free throw percentage.

Starting alongside Middleton at forward is David Loubeau, a 6-foot-8 junior. The former four-star recruit is averaging 10.4 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He is also averaging a team-high 5.3 rebounds per contest. At the end of last season, he was named the Big 12 Most Improved Player by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Getting the nod at the point will be B.J. Holmes. A native of Houston, Holmes is putting up 10 points a game on 40 percent shooting. To go with that, he is averaging 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The 5-foot-11 senior also has a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Perhaps the most efficient player in the starting lineup is Nathan Walkup, a 6-foot-7 senior forward. Also a native of Houston, Walkup is averaging a solid 9.9 points on 59 percent shooting from the field and 52 percent from beyond-the-arc. He is also pulling down 5.2 boards per game.

Dash Harris is the complete opposite, and is perhaps one of the least efficient players in the country. Averaging just 3.2 points on 19 percent shooting from the field, 56 from the free-throw line and 18 percent from three, the 6-foot-1 junior guard is still managing 25 minutes a game. To make matters worse, the rest of his game hasn't been too spectacular, either, averaging 2.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 turnovers and one steal a game.

Coming off of the bench, Naji Hibbert, Kourtney Robinson, Ray Turner and Andrew Darko should be expected to see 10 minutes or more.

One thing to watch this game will be how Washington is able to rebound. Texas A&M is ranked 27th in the country, averaging 41 boards per contest. They have out-rebounded every opponent in their schedule thus far. However, their low-post defense hasn't been as strong with only 2.22 blocks per game, good enough for 299th in the country. In eight out of their nine games, the opposition's top post player has led their team in scoring.

When the two teams met last year in Seattle, the Huskies rallied in the second-half to beat the tough-luck Aggies, who lost their starting guard, Derrick Roland, after a horrific injury following a dunk that left him with a compound fracture and a broken leg. The Huskies were sluggish throughout, but were able to see off A&M by a final of 73-64 in a game that will always be remembered because of the injury.

Next up for the No. 22 Dawgs following their brief stay in the lone state will be another rematch from last season - the Dons of San Francisco. The game will take place on Saturday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Tip is set for 6 p.m. PST and it will be aired live on Fox Sports Northwest and KJR-950AM.

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