Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena for a Friday night matchup with Abilene Christian

When: Friday, November 11 at 7pm CT

Where: Reed Arena

TV: SEC network +

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A&M trends:

While there was a flurry of excitement across the country on opening night, Texas A&M had no such troubles leading to an 87-54 win over ULM in the season opener.

The Aggies did so despite goalless games from Tyrece Radford and Solomon Washington, who led the way for the Aggies with 15 points in an exhibition game against A&M-Kingsville. Wade Taylor was among those who rose with 18 points. Five players totaled double digits, including Henry Coleman (14), Dexter Dennis (11), Hayden Hefner (12) and Manny Obaseki (10). The Aggies knocked down 12 threes which was part of an overall good night of shooting.

Texas A&M also put together a strong defense that kept ULM out at 29.6% and overtook the Warhawks 47-36.

Abilene Christian Trends:

Texas A&M needed a 3-pointer from Hassan Diarra a year ago to squeak from Abilene Christian with an 81-80 double in overtime.

The new-look Wildcats will once again enter Reed Arena with a surprise. ACU opened the season 22-23 with a 65-56 win over Jackson State.

The Wildcats took a 20-point lead in the first half but had to fend off a late comeback as Abilene Christian was down to 20 points after halftime.

While March Madness hero and graduate transfer Joe Pleasant was sidelined in the early games, Tobias Cameron rose with a career-high 18 points, plus six rebounds and two blocks. Vetera guard Damien Daniels is also in his fifth year with the program and is nearing 100 career wins along with Cameron. Senior forward Airion Simmons has continued to develop throughout his college days, averaging just under 12 points and six rebounds per game last season. He had a double-double against the Aggies in last season’s matchup and finished with 13 points and five rebounds against Jackson State earlier this week.

Key Stats/Matchup

One of the main reasons Abilene Christian nearly pulled off the surprise a year ago was her glass work. While Texas A&M won the rebound fight 40-38 overall, the Wildcats gave A&M plenty of trouble on the offensive glass, rebounding 39 percent (16) of their misses, resulting in 12-second chance points.

Aggies pay close attention to defensive rebound percentage and aim for anywhere in the 75 percent range or higher on rebound misses. This off-season, staff made strengthening the front court a top priority, adding players like Julius Marble in hopes of improving in that area.

At least on opening night, Texas A&M was strong in that department, limiting ULM to offensive rebounds on just 23 percent of their misses.

If Texas A&M is to go 2-0 en route to the Myrtle Beach Invitational, that will be one of the key areas to focus on Friday night, along with capping turnover.