|Rank and Records||KU||TAM|
|Strength of Schedule||#20||#10|
|RPI Top 50||8-1||5-6|
Kansas won its 10th conference game for a remarkable 16th-straight season with its win against Iowa State Saturday. The Jayhawks are 24-1, which is its best record since the 1996-97 team was also 24-1 and eventually went 34-2. KU averages 83.2 points per game and gives up 62.8 ppg for a Big 12-leading +20.4 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 80.3 points per game and holds a +13.1 scoring margin.
Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game and has scored in double figures 20 times this season. Collins is second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 85.6 percent and he leads KU in assists with 108 and three-pointers with 50.
Sophomore forward Marcus Morris has stepped up his game in Big 12 play. Morris leads KU in scoring in league games at 17.1 points per game and is pulling down 8.6 rebounds against league foes. In all games, Morris averages 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. He has three double-doubles in his last five games.
Freshman guard Xavier Henry is coming off his Big 12 high of 16 points against Iowa State. He is scoring 13.2 points per game overall and leads KU in steals with 43.
Texas A&M is one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 having won four straight and six of its last seven games. Coached by former KU guard Mark Turgeon, the Aggies are 18-9 and 7-3 in Big 12 play. Texas A&M is 13-0 at home, including 5-0 against Big 12 foes this season. A&M averages 73.4 points per game and gives up 65.6 for a +7.8 scoring margin. The Aggies are outrebounding foes 37 to 34.3 and force 14.4 turnovers per game.
Senior guard Donald Sloan leads the team in scoring at 18.3 points, which ranks fourth in the Big 12. Sloan is second on the team with 31 three-pointers and with 51 assists. Senior forward Bryan Davis is next in scoring at 10.4 points per game and he leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per contest and 45 blocked shots. Davis is shooting 53.1 percent from the field.
Junior guard B.J. Holmes comes off the bench to score 9.5 points per game. He leads A&M with 41 three-pointers. Sophomore forward David Loubeau is a starter who averages 8.6 points and shoots 55.5 percent from the field. He is second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per outing.
Sophomore guard Dash Harris leads A&M with 79 assists and 38 steals on the season to complement his 5.0
scoring average. Junior forward Nathan Walkup (6.0 ppg), freshman forward Kris Middleton (5.8 ppg) and freshman guard Naji Hibbert (2.1 ppg) round out the A&M regulars.
Meet the Opposing Coach
Former Kansas guard Mark Turgeon is in his third season at Texas A&M with a 67-27 record. Overall, he is in his 12th season in the college ranks with a 220-146 record. In two seasons at A&M, Turgeon has guided the Aggies to two NCAA Tournament apprearances and an average of 24.5 wins per season. Turgeon came to A&M following seven seasons at Wichita State, where his teamsadvanced to the postseason three of his last four years. Turgeon served as an assistant coach at Kansas for five seasons, first under Larry Brown (1987-88) and then under Roy Williams (1988-92). The Jayhawks made the NCAA Tournament four of those seasons, capturing the national championship in 1988 and finishing second in 1991. Kansas won back-to-back Big Eight Conference titles in 1991-92. A point guard at Kansas from 1984-87, Turgeon was the first player in Jayhawks history to play in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, helping the team to a 108-33 record under Brown. A native of Topeka (Hayden HS), Turgeon served as team captain in 1986 and 1987, leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 NCAA Final Four. He was named to the Big Eight All-Academic Team in 1986 and was selected to the Big Eight All-Freshman Team in 1984. He is 0-3 against his alma mater.
Kansas and Texas A&M are meeting for the 16th time in a series that dates back to 1967. KU leads the overall series 14-1 and has won the last three meetings. In 2008, then-No. 5 KU defeated Texas A&M, 72-55, in College Station, to win its fourth-straight Big 12 regular-season championship. One week later the Jayhawks defeated the Aggies 77-71 in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Last year was the first time Mark Turgeon faced his alma mater in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game 73-53. Since the Big 12 started, Kansas is 13-1 against A&M. Texas A&M handed Kansas its last home loss on Feb. 3, 2007. Since then, KU has won an NCAA-leading 56-straight home games. Kansas is 6-0 against Texas A&M in Reed Arena. The first game of the series was played in 1967 in the Sunflower Doubleheader in Manhattan, Kan., with KU winning 78-52. Ever since, the series has been during the Big 12 era.
Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996-97, Kansas takes a 36-14 record into the Feb. 15 Texas A&M contest when playing on ESPN Big Monday. This will be KU's third appearance on Big Monday this season with a 2-0 record. Kansas is 20-1 at home on Big Monday and 16-13 on the road. Under Bill Self, Kansas is 17-7 on Big Monday (9-0 at home; 8-7 on the road).