How well the Aggies start. A&M has played two true road games and have gotten off to horrible starts each time. The Aggies were 3 of 13 from the field to start against Arizona State and got down by 16 points in the first half of a 67-54 loss. On Wednesday, the Aggies missed 19 of their first 22 shots and trailed 20-11 at one point.
Keeping freshman Tyler Davis on the floor. Davis has been a big factor in the Aggies going 12-2 and reaching No. 21 in the AP poll. Of late though he has had trouble staying on the floor because of early foul trouble. He picked up two fouls in the Aggies’ win at Mississippi State before first media timeout (16-minute mark) and barely made it past the second media timeout in A&M’s victory at home over Arkansas. He’s averaged 18 minutes in the two games because of the foul trouble, but what is worse he seems tentative once he gets back into the game. He is 1 of 9 from the field in the last two games after missing only two shots in his previous four games.
Whether or not Danuel House is back. I don’t mean on the floor, but contributing the way he was expected to throughout his senior season. Coach Billy Kennedy said he would play. How well he plays and whether he puts his stamp on the game is something we have to wait and see. He should help from the outside, especially if the smaller Tennessee goes into a zone. Despite how bad it looked, the Aggies ended up shooting 30 percent from behind the arc against MSU. Making field goals inside the arc was the real problem. House is a good finisher and should help the Aggies bump up their 28 percent mark from inside the arc if he’s on his game.