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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Texas A&M at Florida
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

Texas A&M has reached the 20-win mark for the first time in four seasons under coach Billy Kennedy, but the Aggies aren’t about to relax. Kennedy’s squad stands alone in third place in the SEC heading into Tuesday’s contest at Florida, which has lost six of its last eight but posted a 66-49 win over Tennessee on Saturday to move into a three-way tie for seventh. Texas A&M is seeking a regular-season sweep of the Gators after Kourtney Roberson scored 20 points in a 63-62 victory on Feb. 14.

Roberson is averaging 11.8 points and eight rebounds over the last nine games for the Aggies, who are poised to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The senior forward tallied his 10th career double-double last Saturday as Texas A&M recorded its largest margin of victory in a conference game since 2008 with an 80-55 rout of Auburn. “Any time you get 20 wins in Division I basketball, it's a good year,” Kennedy told reporters. “But we're not finished yet, and we have a lot of basketball ahead of us. We can get better; I still don’t think we've played our best.”

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (20-8, 11-5 SEC): Guard Danuel House ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring at 17.2 points per game in league play, and he scored 14 in last month’s win over the Gators. The Aggies often start four guards, including Jalen Jones (13.5 points per game) and Alex Caruso, who averages 9.4 points along with a team-high 5.8 assists. Forward Antwan Space came off the bench for the first time in five games against Auburn and drew praise from Kennedy for his defense against Tigers center Cinmeon Bowers.

ABOUT FLORIDA (14-15, 7-9): Forward Dorian Finney-Smith returned from a three-game suspension on Saturday and made an immediate impact with 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Volunteers. The 6-8 junior will need another strong effort Tuesday as leading scorer Michael Frazier II (13.2 points per game) is expected to miss his seventh straight game with a high ankle sprain. The Gators’ frontcourt has been a concern all season due to injuries and other issues, but Michigan transfer Jon Horford is coming off a strong effort last Saturday, when he had 10 points and four boards in 25 minutes.

TIP-INS

1. Texas A&M is 20-1 this season when Jones scores 10 or more points.

2. Florida G Eli Carter scored a game-high 22 points in last month’s loss to the Aggies.

3. Florida is 1-15 when opposing teams score 60 or more points.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 69, Florida 63
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Texas A&M 20-8 W1 13-2 5-4 2-2 12-2 8-6 11-5
Florida 14-15 W1 10-5 2-8 2-2 3-5 11-10 7-9
Last Meeting
Texas A&M Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/14/15 FLA 62 TAM 63 63 31 45.5 62 30 44.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas A&M K. Roberson 20 80.0 4
Florida E. Carter 22 52.9 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas A&M A. Caruso 7 0 7
Florida D. Finney-Smith 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Texas A&M A. Caruso 9
Florida K. Hill 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas A&M D. House 384 43.1 72
Florida D. Finney-Smith 316 48.0 37
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas A&M K. Roberson 174 67 107
Florida D. Finney-Smith 144 60 84
Assists Player  
Texas A&M A. Caruso 162
Florida K. Hill 133
Quickchart Matchup
Texas A&M Off vs  Florida Defense
67.9 Points For
59.6 Points Against
45.6 FG%
40.8 FG%
32.4 Reb
28.6 Reb
Florida Off vs  Texas A&M Defense
64.4 Points For
62.0 Points Against
43.5 FG%
39.6 FG%
28.6 Reb
28.2 Reb