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Men's College Basketball
Preview
South Carolina at Texas A&M
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

Two of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams are in the unfamiliar territory of trying to bounce back from a defeat as eighth-ranked Texas A&M hosts No. 23 South Carolina on Saturday. Both teams look to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season as they battle to remain in the SEC’s top tier.



The Aggies are coming off their most lopsided defeat of the season, a 77-60 loss at Vanderbilt on Thursday, while the Gamecocks hope to rebound after falling flat in a 69-56 defeat at Georgia on Tuesday. South Carolina has dropped two straight and three of its last four on the road, and it will have its work cut out against a Texas A&M squad that is 13-0 at home. South Carolina has not defeated a top-10 opponent on the road since winning at No. 7 Florida on Feb. 8, 2006. The Aggies have won three of four meetings since joining the SEC, including a 62-52 victory last season at South Carolina.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU



ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (19-3, 6-3 SEC): The Gamecocks’ recent struggles on the road mostly have come at the offensive end, and they shot a paltry 31.6 percent at Georgia. South Carolina still has five players averaging double-digit scoring, but forwards Mindaugas Kacinas (10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Laimonas Chatkevicius (10.1, 4.5) have not been as productive in SEC play. The Gamecocks have leaned heavily on guard Sindarius Thornwell (12.1 points, five rebounds) and forward Michael Carrera (13.8, 7.4), both of whom posted double-doubles against Georgia.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (18-4, 7-2): The Aggies have lost two straight SEC games, allowing LSU to pull even with them atop the league standings, but both of those setbacks came on the road. Texas A&M has been tough to stop at home, averaging 81.6 points on 48 percent shooting. The Aggies are dangerous on the wings with 6-7 swingmen Jalen Jones (16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Danuel House (15.7, five) creating matchup problems while 6-10 freshman center Tyler Davis (11.2, 5.8) continues to develop into a post threat.



TIP-INS

1. The Aggies are 3-0 against ranked opponents this season, posting wins over Gonzaga, Baylor and Iowa State.

2. Carrera needs 16 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

3. Texas A&M has not trailed at halftime in any home game this season.



PREDICTION: Texas A&M 74, South Carolina 70


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
South Carolina 19-3 L1 12-0 3-3 4-0 4-1 15-2 6-3
Texas A&M 18-4 L1 13-0 3-3 2-1 8-1 10-3 7-2
Last Meeting
South Carolina Texas A&M
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/21/15 TAM 62 SCAR 52 52 34 27.1 62 34 39.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
South Carolina M. Carrera 17 41.7 6
Texas A&M D. House 25 53.8 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
South Carolina L. Chatkevicius 11 3 8
Texas A&M K. Roberson 10 4 6
Assists Player  
South Carolina D. Notice 5
Texas A&M A. Caruso 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
South Carolina M. Carrera 304 48.0 82
Texas A&M D. House 328 39.8 70
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
South Carolina M. Carrera 162 43 119
Texas A&M J. Jones 132 34 98
Assists Player  
South Carolina S. Thornwell 74
Texas A&M A. Caruso 111
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar South Carolina Off vs  red bar Texas A&M Defense
blue bar 77.1 Points For
red bar 64.7 Points Against
blue bar 43.3 FG%
red bar 40.3 FG%
blue bar 38.4 Reb
red bar 30.9 Reb
red bar Texas A&M Off vs  blue bar South Carolina Defense
red bar 76.9 Points For
blue bar 68.3 Points Against
red bar 45.5 FG%
blue bar 38.9 FG%
red bar 30.9 Reb
blue bar 29.9 Reb