Aggies Gear Up for Gators in Mirror Game Rematch - Texas A&M Athletics

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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 • 6 p.m.
  • Reed Arena • Bryan-College Station
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THE MATCHUP

  • Texas A&M: 12-5, 4-0 SEC
  • Florida: 10-7, 3-2 SEC
  • Game Notes: Click Here

WATCH

  • TV: SEC Network
  • Play-by-Play: Roy Philpott
  • Analyst: Pat Bradley

LISTEN

  • Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network
  • 1620 AM / 94.5 FM (local), SiriusXM 383
  • Play-by-Play: Andrew Monaco
  • Analysis: Dr. John Thornton
  • Listen Live: 12th Man Mobile App

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men's hoops squad puts its season-best six-game winning streak connected the enactment erstwhile the Aggies big the Florida Gators astatine 6 p.m. connected Wednesday astatine Reed Arena.

  • It volition beryllium the archetypal "mirror game" rematch for the Aggies, who opened SEC play with a 66-63 triumph implicit the Gators successful Gainesville connected Jan. 4. Other reflector crippled opponents include: Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Missouri.
  • Including the triumph 2 weeks ago, the Aggies person won 3 consecutive successful the bid against UF, which is A&M's longest triumph streak implicit the Gators.  

 
TRENDS & STREAKS:

  • Texas A&M has opened SEC play with a 4-0 grounds for a 2nd consecutive season. Last year's squad started 4-0 and past famously mislaid the adjacent 8 games.
  • In the 4 SEC wins, the Aggies person trailed for a combined 5 minutes and 25 seconds. The Aggies did not way successful Saturday's 94-53 rout of South Carolina.
  • The Aggies' six-game winning streak is the team's longest since closing retired the 2021-22 regular play with 4 victories and winning 3 games to scope the 2022 SEC tourney final.
  • Texas A&M and Alabama are tied for the longest progressive winning streak by SEC teams.
  • The streak began connected the heels losing back-to-back games astatine Memphis (83-79) and astatine location against Wofford (67-62) anterior to the four-day vacation break.
  • The Aggies person utilized the aforesaid starting lineup (Coleman III, Dennis, Marble, Radford and Taylor IV) for the past six games.
  • During the streak, Tyrece Radford is team's starring scorer astatine 15.3 points portion hitting 55.2% of his FGs and 46.2 of his 3-pointers. In the 11 games (6-5) anterior to the streak, Radford was slashing 10.8 pts/31.5%/27.5%.
  • Since scuffling done a streak of 5 games with 6 oregon less points, Dexter Dennis is averaging 14.3 points successful his past 3 games, including treble fig efforts against LSU (17 points), MU (13) and SC (13).
  • Hayden Hefner was 0-fer 2023 entering MU but has travel disconnected the seat to deed 5-of-9 shots the past 2 games, each 3-pointers.
  • Henry Coleman III has posted back-to-back double-doubles with 10 pts/10 rebs vs. MU and 12/11 vs SC.
  • Wednesday's crippled marks the Aggies' 5th consecutive crippled against first-year SEC caput coaches.

 
GETTING TO THE LINE:
The Aggies fertile No. 1 nationally escaped throws made per crippled and No. 2 successful FTs attempted. Texas A&M has changeable 100+ much escaped throws than 7 SEC teams.

  • The Aggies mean 19.2 - 26.1 FTM-FTA per game, which is good up of the gait acceptable by ALL Texas A&M squads aft 1970. The schoolhouse records for FTM-FTA are 22.5 FTM by the 1967-68 squad and 31.8 FTA by the 1968-69 team.
  • Texas A&M has been to the enactment 25 oregon much times successful 13 of 17 games and has deed 20 oregon much FTs 7 times.
  • Tyrece Radford and Wade Taylor IV are successful the SEC apical six successful escaped propulsion makes with 74 and 69, respectively. Ironically, neither Radford oregon Taylor changeable a escaped propulsion successful past Saturday's rout of South Carolina. Both are hitting implicit 80.0% of their FTAs -- 81.2% for Taylor and 80.4% for Radford.

 
NCAA Team Free Throw Leaders
(Sorted by FT Made)
Rk     School                  FT          FTA
1.      Texas A&M          19.2      26.1
2.      UTRGV                 19.1      27.4
3.      UAB                      18.6      25.1
4.      Providence          18.4      25.1
5.      Alabama              18.3      25.7
 
DO-IT-ALL DYNAMO:
Sophomore defender Wade Taylor IV, the 6-foot do-it-all dynamo from Dallas, Texas, ranks successful the apical 10 successful the SEC successful a wide array of statistical categories:
 
Statistic                  Average         SEC Rank
Points                      15.5               No. 6
Assists                     3.6                 No. 8
Steals                      1.9                 No. 8
Free Throws            69 total          No. 6
FT Attempts            85 total          No. 7
FT%                         81.2%             No. 5
3-pointers               2.4                 No. 7
3-point attempts    104 total        No. 7
 
SUCCEEDING IN THE TREES:
Tyrece Radford is 1 of conscionable 7 6-foot-8 oregon shorter SEC players averaging implicit 10.0 points/G and implicit 5.0 rebounds/G.
 
SEC 10.0 Pts./G + 5.0 Rebs/G (6' 8" oregon shorter)
(Sorted by Pts./G)
Rk   Player, School                               Ht.       Pts       Reb
1.     Kobe Brown, Missouri                  6-8       15.6     5.6
2.     Tyrece Radford , Texas A&M        6-2       12.4     5.2
3.     Anthony Black, Arkanas                6-7       12.4     5.1
4.     Hayden Brown, South Carolina    6-5       11.2     5.1
5.     Jaylin Williams, Auburn                6-8       10.6     5.1
6.     Myles Stute, Vanderbilt                6-7       10.4     5.6
7.     Henry Coleman, Texas A&M         6-8       10.2     5.8
 
HCIII starring the way:
Junior F Henry Coleman III, on with women's hoops subordinate Jada Malone, correspond Texas A&M arsenic members of the SEC Basketball Leadership Council. The assembly serves arsenic a conduit of connection from student-athletes to the league bureau connected issues related to student-athlete acquisition and wellness and to supply feedback connected projected rules governing the SEC and NCAA.

  • Coleman is an avid fisher and hunter. "Fishing and hunting thatch you to beryllium calm nether pressure," Coleman said. "When you acceptable that hook connected that fish, you can't conscionable commencement reeling it in. You've got to beryllium a small spot calm and benignant of enactment it in. When you're hunting and you spot a subordinate close successful beforehand of you, you person to hold a small bit. I cognize you privation to propulsion the trigger arsenic soon arsenic you spot it, but you person to hold for the close time. It teaches you to beryllium calm successful the infinitesimal and enactment successful the moment." (Source: 12thMan.com)
  • Coleman's father, Hank, was a standout antiaircraft extremity for Virginia Tech and started for the Hokies' 1995 Sugar Bowl Champion team. HCIII told the Bryan-College Station Eagle (Jan. 7, 2022), "'Enter Sandman' is 1 of my favourite traditions. A&M shot is fun, but Virginia Tech shot is heavy successful my heart."
  • Coleman transferred to Texas A&M from Duke anterior to the 2021-22. Former Duke caput manager Mike Krzyzewski said of HCIII: "I anticipation I'm astir erstwhile he's stopped playing to spot who helium becomes, not conscionable arsenic a player. I conscionable deliberation he's going to beryllium a precise peculiar feline successful our country. He's that good." (Source: USA Today Network, Nov. 18, 2020)

 
Random notables:

  • Julius Marble is connecting connected a team-high 58.0% of his FGA and has made 50% oregon higher of his shots successful 15-of-17 games.
  • Easily the Aggies' astir prolific shooter from deep, Wade Taylor IV has improved his 3-point % by much than .10 from past year. Taylor is hitting 38.5% successful 2022-23 aft making 27.8% arsenic a freshman.
  • The Aggies' starting lineup has a definite Pelican State spirit with astatine slightest 2 Louisiana natives successful it for each crippled truthful acold this play - Tyrece Radford (Baton Rouge) and Dexter Dennis (Baker). Additionally, Solomon Washington (New Orleans) has joined them successful the starting lineup 4 times.
  • The Aggies person utilized the aforesaid starting lineup (Coleman III, Dennis, Marble, Radford and Taylor IV) for the past six games (all wins). For the season, the fivesome is 7-1 with the lone nonaccomplishment coming to Boise State connected Dec. 3.
  • The defensive-minded duo of Andersson Garcia and Andre Gordon person been the archetypal players disconnected the seat for the past 5 games.
  • The Aggies' 2022-23 roster was bolstered by the summation of six newcomers successful the offseason -- 5 transfers and 1 assistance freshman. Headlining the radical was Dexter Dennis, who was the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year astatine Wichita State successful 2021-22, and Julius Marble, who helped Michigan State beforehand to the 2nd circular of the NCAA tournament. Both person earned spots successful the starting five.
  • Six Aggies person played implicit 1,000 minutes, led by Dexter Dennis and Tyrece Radford who person some surpassed the 3,000-minute plateau.

 
FOLLOW THE ACTION:

  • The crippled volition beryllium televised by SEC Network with Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (color) connected the call.
  • The matchup airs connected the Texas A&M Radio Network oregon locally connected 1620 AM/94.5 FM with Andrew Monaco and Dr. John Thornton calling the action.

 
PROMOTIONS UPDATE (UF GAME)

  • Special Student Only Early Doors Open: The North introduction of Reed Arena volition unfastened astatine 4:30 p.m. for ANY A&M Student. All doors volition unfastened to the nationalist astatine 5 p.m.
  • Opportune Rock Reed Shirt Giveaway: Rock Reed shirts volition beryllium disposable for the archetypal 5,500 fans disposable astatine each introduction points connected the concourse.
  • Fan Zone (North Entry):
    • Tent setup with TVs, music, games & more! For ALL fans starting astatine 5 p.m.
    • Sports Pass Holder Appreciation – Free Drinks for the archetypal 1,050 sports walk holders to the Fan Zone, inclusive of 12th Man Lager, Pepsi and Water starting astatine 4:30 p.m.   
  • 12th Man Rewards: 100 Points

PARKING ALERT FOR UF GAME:

Texas A&M Athletics encourages fans to get aboriginal and person patience for the expected postulation and parking congestion astir Reed Arena for Wednesday's 6 p.m. tipoff for the men's hoops team's matchup with the Florida Gators. 
 
Because galore students utilize the parking areas astir Reed Arena, an enhanced postulation and parking program was developed to assistance mitigate the congestion and facilitate incoming hoops traffic. When classes decorativeness connected westbound field successful the precocious afternoon/early evening connected Wednesday, students volition exit the Reed Arena country via one-direction travel to assistance marque country for the incoming hoops fans.
 
The way of question for fans has not changed, and patrons are encouraged to get aboriginal and person their parking barcode oregon $5 currency ready. Fans tin retrieve their barcode connected the TAMU mobile app oregon Destination Aggieland app. Fan without a parking barcode are encouraged to person their $5 CASH ONLY acceptable upon arrival.

PRESS CONFERENCE:

Players Mentioned

Henry Coleman III

#15 Henry Coleman III

F 6' 8" Junior 1L

Andre Gordon

#20 Andre Gordon

G 6' 2" Senior 3L

Hayden Hefner

#2 Hayden Hefner

G 6' 6" Junior 2L

Tyrece Radford

#23 Tyrece Radford

G 6' 2" Senior 1L

Wade Taylor IV

#4 Wade Taylor IV

G 6' 0" Sophomore 1L

Julius Marble

#34 Julius Marble

F 6' 9" Junior TR

Dexter Dennis

#0 Dexter Dennis

G 6' 5" Graduate Student TR

Andersson Garcia

#11 Andersson Garcia

F 6' 7" Junior TR

Solomon Washington

#13 Solomon Washington

F 6' 7" Freshman HS

Players Mentioned

Henry Coleman III

#15 Henry Coleman III

6' 8" Junior 1L F

Andre Gordon

#20 Andre Gordon

6' 2" Senior 3L G

Hayden Hefner

#2 Hayden Hefner

6' 6" Junior 2L G

Tyrece Radford

#23 Tyrece Radford

6' 2" Senior 1L G

Wade Taylor IV

#4 Wade Taylor IV

6' 0" Sophomore 1L G

Julius Marble

#34 Julius Marble

6' 9" Junior TR F

Dexter Dennis

#0 Dexter Dennis

6' 5" Graduate Student TR G

Andersson Garcia

#11 Andersson Garcia

6' 7" Junior TR F

Solomon Washington

#13 Solomon Washington

6' 7" Freshman HS F
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