Friday, February 12, 2010
Hot A&M can't get caught looking ahead
By Jeff Caplan
On the verge of moving into both Top 25 polls, Texas A&M goes prime-time with an anticipated ESPN Big Monday matchup against No. 1 Kansas. Reed Arena will be sold out and rocking. But, first the Aggies can't nap on Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
The resilient Aggies (17-6, 6-3 Big 12) are surprisingly tied for second with Kansas State and Missouri in the conference standings. Last week A&M snapped Mizzou's 32-game home and then rallied to defeat Baylor. But Pat Knight's Tech squad, which started the Big 12 season 0-3, has fought its way back to 4-5 and brings a two-game win streak into United Spirit Arena.
A&M hasn't played since last Saturday, giving it a week to practice, prepare and not look ahead.
"Kansas is a real good team, they have a lot of good players on their team and I'm looking forward to playing against them," A&M senior forward Bryan Davis said. "But, I don't want to look past a great Texas Tech team that we have to go out there and play them on the road. But, Big Monday is Big Monday and you have big Kansas coming down here so I'm looking forward to that game."
Get the feeling that the Jayhawks will be on A&M's mind?
The Aggies have won four straight over the Red Raiders, including a 15-point victory in College Station on Jan. 30. However, Tech is 3-1 at home in conference play with an overtime loss to Missouri as its lone blemish.
"It's hard to look past anybody, especially how well teams are playing in the Big 12 right now. So yeah, we know that's [Kansas] not the only big game we've got coming up. Tech at Tech, that's pretty tough," A&M senior guard and leading scorer Donald Sloan said. "Me alone, I don't look past any game. I'm not watching film on Kansas right now. I'm not looking at the personal edit clips of Kansas. I'm focused on Tech right now."