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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M
When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

Texas A&M looks to continue its surprising run up the SEC standings when the Aggies host slumping Vanderbilt on Saturday. Texas A&M has recorded five consecutive victories, its longest stretch of success in conference play since winning five straight Big 12 games from Feb. 9-23, 2011. The Commodores are headed in the other direction and have lost six straight games, their last victory coming against Auburn on Jan. 6.

Vanderbilt’s skid continued with a 70-62 loss to Georgia on Tuesday and coach Kevin Stallings was hard-pressed to find any positives. “We really didn’t do anything that was good enough to win the game,” Stallings told reporters. “We played hard, but we didn’t shoot it well enough.” Texas A&M posted a 71-61 win over Auburn on Tuesday as guard Danuel House hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

ABOUT VANDERBILT (11-9, 1-6 SEC):
Freshman guard Riley LaChance averages 12.5 points but has strung together two straight poor efforts. LaChance shot 2-of-17 during the stretch while averaging four points and was scoreless in the loss to Georgia. Center Damian Jones boasts team-leading averages of 15.6 points and seven rebounds to go with 35 blocked shots and he has scored in double digits in 16 straight contests, while forward Luke Kornet averages nine points.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (14-5, 5-2): House played his first two seasons at Houston and has been an immediate hit for the Aggies, leading the team in scoring (14.3) and 3-pointers (33), so his hot shooting against Auburn was no surprise. “He was the one making shots,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy told reporters, “and obviously had the green light when he makes six 3s.” Forward Jalen Jones contributes 14.1 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game while point guard Alex Caruso averages nine points and 5.3 assists.

TIP-INS

1. The Commodores have won all four previous meetings, including two victories last season.

2. Caruso had five assists against Auburn to move into sixth place on the school’s career ledger with 383.

3. Vanderbilt F James Siakam is shooting 65 percent from the field but has made 2-of-7 shots over the past four games.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 78, Vanderbilt 65
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Vanderbilt 11-9 L6 9-3 1-5 1-1 3-4 8-5 1-6
Texas A&M 14-5 W5 9-1 3-2 2-2 8-2 6-3 5-2
Last Meeting
Vanderbilt Texas A&M
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/15/14 TAM 54 VAN 57 57 38 30.9 54 35 36.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Vanderbilt J. Siakam 16 66.7 12
Texas A&M J. Jones 17 45.5 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Vanderbilt D. Jones 13 5 8
Texas A&M J. Jones 13 3 10
Assists Player  
Vanderbilt K. Fuller 4
Texas A&M A. Caruso 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Vanderbilt D. Jones 312 55.0 89
Texas A&M J. Jones 240 48.0 61
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Vanderbilt D. Jones 140 48 92
Texas A&M J. Jones 103 31 72
Assists Player  
Vanderbilt W. Baldwin IV 85
Texas A&M A. Caruso 101
Quickchart Matchup
Vanderbilt Off vs  Texas A&M Defense
69.8 Points For
61.8 Points Against
47.2 FG%
39.0 FG%
31.4 Reb
28.8 Reb
Texas A&M Off vs  Vanderbilt Defense
67.9 Points For
64.2 Points Against
45.5 FG%
40.7 FG%
28.8 Reb
29.5 Reb