Coming off of a comeback win in Knoxville against the upstart Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, the #15 Aggies look to stay undefeated in conference play against the Florida Gators at home on Tuesday.
In their two most recent contests, Texas A&M has shown it can win in two very important ways with a 61-60 defensive battle in Starkville and a 92-88 shootout in Knoxville. In both games, the Aggies relied on seniors Jalen Jones, Danuel House, Alex Caruso and Anthony Collins to lead them to late comebacks, which is exactly what you like to see when a team takes to the road in conference. Jones scored a career high 27 points against Tennessee, House added 23 of his own in Knoxville, Collins had 13 assists over the two road games, and Caruso added 5 more steals to his all-time school record. While we’ve seen talented freshmen Tyler Davis, DJ Hogg and Admon Gilder show their inexperience, that is to be expected in their first road conference games, and the Ags have plenty of experience to make up for it.
Florida comes into College Station having split their last two, with an 83-69 drubbing at Tennessee and a 68-62 victory over freshman sensation Ben Simmons and the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. The Gators, in the first year of the post-Billy Donovan era, rank 191st in the NCAA in scoring 72.8 points per game overall, and 71.3 points per game in conference play so far. The Gators’ biggest strength lies in their team defense, with a top 15 defensive rating of 90.8. So while the Gators don’t necessarily score very well, they can sure defend. Florida will look to senior F Dorian Finney-Smith (13.1 points per game), sophomore C John Egbunu (10.9 ppg) and sophomore F Devin Robinson (10.7 ppg) to lead them against the Aggies.
This game can be seen on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm ET on the SEC Network.