DePaul vs Texas A&M match preview

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In this report, we preview Friday afternoon’s matchup between the Blue Demons and the Texas A&M Aggies at Wintrust Arena.

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DePaul Blue Demons (3-2) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (3-2) Friday, November 25, 12:00 p.m. Central – Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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The Blue Demons return home to Wintrust Arena the day after Thanksgiving to take on Texas A&M in the first game of a home-home series with the Aggies. It’s Black Friday or should we call it Blue Friday?

Texas A&M has come off a 27-13 season in which they went 9-9 in SEC play and worked their way through to the SEC championship game (with 4th place wins). ranked Auburn and No. 15 Arkansas). With a résumé like that, you’d think the Aggies would be an NCAA tournament ban, right? Well, the NCAA selection committee disagreed and sent Texas A&M to the NIT. This decision infuriated head coach Buzz Williams.

“It defies logic that we’re not in the NCAA tournament,” Williams said. “What happened is wrong.”

DePaul fans will remember Williams when he was head coach at Marquette. He left Milwaukee for Virginia Tech before settling in College Station, Texas.

After the NCAA tournament nudge, Texas A&M won four straight NITs and advanced to the championship game, where they lost 73-72 to Xavier.

The good news for the Aggies is that seven of their top nine recurring scorers are returning this season, including Henry Coleman (11 points per game) and Tyrece Radford (10.9 ppg).

Super sophomore Wade Taylor IV is a key point guard for the Aggies. As a freshman, Taylor averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 assists from the bench.

Texas A&M placed 24th in the Associated Press poll last week. That was before they traveled to South Carolina for the Myrtle Beach Invitational. There, the Aggies dropped games against Murray State and Colorado before bouncing back with a 67-51 win over Loyola Chicago on Sunday.

Taylor leads the Aggies with 14.2 points per game. Coleman is the leading rebounder with six boards per game and contributes 8.8 ppg. Forward Julius Marble, who transferred from Michigan State, adds 8.8 ppg.

As for DePaul, without centers Nick Ongenda (hand injury) and Yor Anei (foot injury), the Blue Demons have lost back-to-back in the lineup. In the two losses, the Blue Demons were passed by a combined 86-59 lead on the glass. Needless to say, rebounds will be of great importance in this game.

DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield calls A&M coach Buzz Williams a “good friend of mine.”

DePaul assistant coach Steve Thomas worked under Williams at Virginia Tech as his director of student-athlete development.

Fun fact: Famous Texas A&M alumni include singer Lyle Lovett, actress Eva Longoria and NBA star Khris Middleton.

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The last time

On March 19, 2005 at the Allstate Arena in the second round of the NIT, the Aggies ended the Blue Demons’ season with a 75-72 loss.

The Aggies almost lost a 20-point lead as the Blue Demons made a late-game comeback.

Bobby Leach scored 23 points to lead A&M.

Sammy Mejia scored 23 points to lead the DPU, while Quemont Greer contributed 20 points and Drake Diener 18 points.

Texas A&M squad


0 Dexter Dennis G 6-5 210 Gr. TR Baker, La. / Believe Academy (SC) State of Wichita

1 Khalen Robinson G 6-0 180 Jr. TR Little Rock, Ark. / Oak Hill Academy (Va.) Arkansas

2 Hayden Hefner G 6-6 185 Jr. 2L Netherlands, Texas / Netherlands

3 Erik Pratt G 6-5 185 Jr. TR Lake Worth, Fla. / Park Vista Seward County CC

4 Wade Taylor IV G 6-0 185 So. 1L Dallas, TX / Lancaster

5 Jordan Williams G 6-3 215 Fr. HS Houston, Texas / Second Baptist

10 Ethan Henderson F6-8 205 5. 1L Little Rock, Ark./Parkview Magnet Arkansas

11 Andersson Garcia F 6-7 210 Jr. TR Moca, Dominican Republic / Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) State of Mississippi

13 Solomon Washington F 6-7 225 Fr. HS New Orleans, La. / Carver

15 Henry Coleman III F 6-8 245 Jr. 1L Richmond, Virginia / Trinity Episcopal School Duke

20 Andre Gordon G 6-2 185 Sr. 3L Sidney, Ohio / Sidney

22 Davin Watkins G 6-1 193 So. 1L Nolensville, Tennessee / Nolensville

23 Tyrece Radford G6-2 195 Sr. 1L Baton Rouge, La. / McKinley Virginia Tech

24 Jaelyn Lee G 6-6 195 Fr. HS Paris, Texas / Paris

31 Javonte Braun F 7-0 255 So. 1L Toronto, Ont. / Thornlea Secondary School UConn

32 Ashton Smith F 6-9 270 R-Fr. RS Spring, Texas / Legacy The School of Physical Education

34 Julius Marble F 6-9 245 Jr. TR Dallas, Texas v Dallas Jesuit Michigan State

35 Manny Obaseki G 6-4 189 So. 1L Allen, Texas / John Paul II