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Men's College Basketball
Texas A&M vs Gonzaga
When: 1:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 26, 2015
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau

A pair of unbeatens get together Thursday when No. 11 Gonzaga meets Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Whistles were the story in Wednesday's first round as the Bulldogs took an astonishing 44 free throws in an 80-64 victory over Washington that was marred by 60 fouls, while the Aggies defeated in-state rival Texas 84-73 in a game totaling 56 infractions.

''It wasn't pretty but I like how tough we played,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few told reporters. "I liked our approach and I thought we played very, very well on the defensive end -- especially on their first shot.'' The Bulldogs are off to a consistent start by averaging 90.7 points, shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 67.9 from the free-throw line after making 30 foul shots Wednesday. Gonzaga averaged 78.7 points while shooting 52 and 69 percent during last season's Elite 8 run. The Aggies won their first five games by an average of 29.2 points and are led by guard Danuel House, who averages 15.8 points after scoring 19 on Wednesday.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (5-0): The Aggies saw a pair of double-digit leads trimmed to two points in the second half Wednesday and took control with an 8-0 run which extended their lead to 11 with less than four minutes left. "It showed us poise," House told reporters. "Coach told us they would have a run, and that we needed to stick together. ... We look forward to being tested again." Texas A&M boasts five players averaging double figures in points with freshman center Tyler Davis (15.0), center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (11.4), freshman guard Admon Gilder (11.2) and freshman forward DJ Hogg (10.2) joining House.

ABOUT GONZAGA (3-0): Gonzaga allows 57.3 points per game -- down from 65.9 last season -- and figures to be tough to penetrate with 7-1 center Przemek Karnowski, 6-11 forward Domantas Sabonis and 6-10 forward Kyle Wiltjer patrolling the paint. Wiltjer averages a team-best 19.7 points after scoring 24 on Wednesday and grabs nine rebounds per game. Sabonis (19.3 points, 10 rebounds) is also off to a fast start while Karnowski adds 9.7 points and six rebounds.


1. Gonzaga was 25-for-37 from the line in its first two games. ... Wiltjer converted 20-of-23 free throws this season after going 10-for-11 on Wednesday.

2. The Aggies have recorded 112 assists compared to 76 turnovers this season after registering 13 of each versus Texas.

3. The winner meets No. 21 Connecticut or Syracuse in Friday's final.

PREDICTION: Gonzaga 91, Texas A&M 57

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Texas A&M 5-0 W5 4-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 4-0 0-0
Gonzaga 3-0 W3 2-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Texas A&M Gonzaga
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas A&M N/A
Gonzaga N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas A&M N/A
Gonzaga N/A
Assists Player  
Texas A&M N/A
Gonzaga N/A
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas A&M D. House 79 47.3 13
Gonzaga K. Wiltjer 59 47.5 20
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas A&M T. Davis 37 13 24
Gonzaga D. Sabonis 30 12 18
Assists Player  
Texas A&M A. Collins 24
Gonzaga K. Dranginis 12
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Texas A&M Off vs  red bar Gonzaga Defense
blue bar 91.6 Points For
red bar 57.3 Points Against
blue bar 54.7 FG%
red bar 29.9 FG%
blue bar 38.6 Reb
red bar 31.3 Reb
red bar Gonzaga Off vs  blue bar Texas A&M Defense
red bar 90.7 Points For
blue bar 62.4 Points Against
red bar 54.4 FG%
blue bar 36.5 FG%
red bar 31.3 Reb
blue bar 26.2 Reb