January 23, 2007

A&M big from the line

When Texas A&M basketball fans looked at the Big 12 conference standings Sunday morning they saw something that had never been seen in the 12-year history of the conference. The Aggies sit atop the Big 12 all by themselves at 4-0.

There have been a lot of firsts and high water marks for this program under head coach Billy Gillispie, and the team still hopes to continue setting new records over the next two months leading into the NCAA Tournament.

Much has been made about the Aggies' aggressive, stifling defense that held the high-powered, high octane No. 12 Oklahoma State offense to just 49 points Saturday, by far a season low. In fact, OSU was held 35 points below their season average of 84 points and 54 fewer points than they scored against Texas four days earlier.

Much has been made about A&M's improved rebounding throughout conference play, averaging 37 boards a game compared to just 30 for its four conference opponents.

Much has been made about Acie Law's improved play in Big 12 action, averaging almost 20 points per game with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and leading a group of seasoned veterans into battle.

But the dirty little secret to A&M's success so far has been getting to the foul line and making free throws.

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