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Men's College Basketball
Syracuse vs Texas A&M
When: 3:00 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau

Texas A&M registered its first high profile victory of the season Thursday and looks to add another to its resume when it squares off with Syracuse in Friday's championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Tonny Trocha-Morelos made all four of his 3-point attempts and the Aggies played well defensively in handing No. 11 Gonzaga its first loss in Thursday's semifinals.

"Don't count us out, just give us a chance," Danuel House told the media after scoring 19 points for the second straight game. The Aggies went ahead on a free throw by House and denied Gonzaga sharpshooter Kyle Wiltjer the ball in the final possession to preserve the win and their second 6-0 start in the last three seasons. The Orange, who like Texas A&M, started the season with wins over lesser competition, put five players in double figures, including Michael Gbinije and freshman forward Tyler Lydon, in knocking off former Big East rival and No. 21 Connecticut. Lydon, who averages 11.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, produced his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for Syracuse.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT SYRACUSE (5-0): Gbinije, who finished with 17 points, seven assists and six steals, and senior guard Trevor Cooney, who also had 17 points, have been the stalwarts this season for the Orange and that did not change against UConn, as each played 39 minutes. Still, it was the play of the 6-8 Lydon that stood out, including a big blocked shot with one minute remaining that kept the Orange in front. "A lot of people are down on our team right now, so to come out and get a win like this is pretty big," Lydon told ESPN.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (6-0): Made free throws and the Aggies' ability to defend without fouling, which limited Gonzaga to 11 free throw attempts, was key in advancing to the championship. "Our goal was to hold their big three guys to 30 points or less and we were able to do that," coach Billy Kennedy told the media. House and Tyler Davis combined to go 9-of-12 from the line and Alex Caruso and Jalen Jones each made a pair as the Aggies finished with a nine-point advantage at the stripe, where Texas A&M is 70.6 percent as a team.


1. Texas A&M won the only prior meeting 66-58 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

2. Lydon, a native of Elizaville, N.Y., had 18 points, eight rebounds and six blocks as Syracuse opened the tournament with a win over Charlotte.

3. Trocha-Morelos is 11-of-14 from beyond the arc this season and has made 27-of-39 from the field overall.

PREDICTION: Syracuse 71, Texas A&M 67
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Syracuse 5-0 W5 3-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 0-0
Texas A&M 6-0 W6 4-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 4-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Syracuse Texas A&M
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/16/06 TAM 66 SYR 58 58 31 39.2 66 33 35.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Syracuse T. Roberts 16 60.0 4
Texas A&M A. Law 23 41.2 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Syracuse D. Nichols 9 1 8
Texas A&M J. Jones 7 3 4
Assists Player  
Syracuse G. McNamara 3
Texas A&M A. Law 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Syracuse M. Gbinije 98 55.9 16
Texas A&M D. House 98 50.0 18
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Syracuse T. Roberson 53 25 28
Texas A&M T. Davis 39 13 26
Assists Player  
Syracuse M. Gbinije 20
Texas A&M A. Collins 27
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Syracuse Off vs  red bar Texas A&M Defense
blue bar 72.8 Points For
red bar 62.2 Points Against
blue bar 43.7 FG%
red bar 38.1 FG%
blue bar 36.8 Reb
red bar 27.0 Reb
red bar Texas A&M Off vs  blue bar Syracuse Defense
red bar 86.7 Points For
blue bar 62.8 Points Against
red bar 53.3 FG%
blue bar 35.9 FG%
red bar 27.0 Reb
blue bar 33.4 Reb