Texas A&M won a hard-fought conference battle against a scrappy Baylor team on Saturday at Reed…
Preview: Baylor vs. Texas A&M
Despite their proximity in the standings, these two teams are not very similar. One could make a good argument in fact that Baylor won't be like any team this year.
Still reeling from not having a non-conference slate of games, Baylor is a team that just can't get it figured out. Out of a fairly steady 8 man rotation, the Bears play 4 freshman and 1 sophomore. In fact, those 5 players each average more minutes per game than the other 3 upper classmen that are in the rotation.
Many thought guard Aaron Bruce would excel to even greater heights after his Freshman All-American first year – especially since he had increased talent around him. Instead, Bruce has struggled in the last few games and the Baylor community is wondering when he will get back on track. If he can play like the Aaron Bruce of last year, then this team still has a chance to pull a few upsets.
Although Baylor has been handled easily on the road, losing by an average of 25 points, A&M's 4 losses in the Big XII have been by an average of only 4 points – including a 1 point loss at home against Oklahoma – the same Oklahoma team that demolished Baylor by 30 points last game.
A&M is led by junior guard Acie Law (17 pts, 3 assists) and sophomore post Joseph Jones (15 pts, 7 reb). With the steady play of these two players, A&M has had the chance to experiment with who the other players should be and what role they should have. One player to keep an eye on is freshman guard Josh Carter, who had double digits scoring outputs the last two games including 15 points against Kansas.
Baylor's biggest problem this year has clearly been shooting. They're averaging only 51 points a game on 32% shooting from the floor, 30% from 3 point land and 58% from the free throw line. For comparison, A&M is averaging 66 points a game on 44% shooting from the floor, 36% from 3 point land and 66% from the free throw line.
Logic would suggest that this Baylor team will click at some point this season. According to opposing coaches and television commentators, they have the talent to compete. The question for Baylor fans then is when will they indeed click – they surely hope it starts tonight.
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