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Texas A&M Aggies (3) Vs. Memphis Tigers (2)
Thursday, 3/22 at 7:27
Betting Line From Bookmaker: Texas A&M -3
Texas A&M survived a seesaw battle against the Louisville Cardinals in round two to come out on top 72- 69. The half saw the teams tied at 28-all and it was four Acie Law IV free throws and a combined total of four Edgar Sosa misses that gave the Aggies their victory. Although no cakewalk, the Memphis Tigers’ win over Nevada by 78- 62 was easier. That win was the 24th consecutive for Memphis.
Texas A&M shot 46% from the field and an exemplary 63% from downtown. They were a sound 74% from the free throw line. Law, the senior guard, put up 26 points and swingman Joseph Jones, a junior, took in 8 rebounds while putting up 12 points. Junior guard Dominique Kirk, who played the entire 40 minutes, knocked in 21 points and swiped 6 rebounds. Off the bench, senior forward Marion Pompey had 6 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Despite running into a very fine defensive Louisville team, which blocked 7 Aggie shots, Texas A&M managed to hang in and hit the big shots and make the important plays at the end.
For the Memphis Tigers is was also timely free throws that pushed the game their way. Despite the fact that they shot 77% from the line, while their opponent, Nevada, shot 88%, it was the number of times that Memphis went to the line that made the difference. The Tigers shot 34 foul shots, while the Wolf Pack put up half that number.
Sophomore guard Chris Douglas-Roberts led the Aggies with 16 points and was 10 of 12 from the free throw line. Reserve guard Jeremy Hunt, a senior, also put in 16 and was 6 of 7 from the line. Sophomore guard Antonio Anderson and junior guard Andre Allen had 14 and 10 points respectively and each had 4 assists. Anderson posted a double-double with 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Robert Dozier hit for 9 points and took down 8 rebounds and junior forward Joey Dorsey racked up 8 points and 9 rebounds.
The Tigers out rebounded their opponents 39- 27 and 16 to 8 on the offensive boards. Dorsey and Dozier had 2 blocks each and Dozier had 2 steals.
Texas A&M has poise and maturity. They also possess some very fine talent. The Tigers are disciplined and will take advantage of miscues. The have a deeper bench too. This will be quite a battle.