BBR has it's preview of the Texas A&M game up. According to BBR it will be AA who will draw the assignment of guarding Law. Makes sense considering AA is the defensive stopper of our team. DC will still get his share of time to guard the Aggie guard. From BBR's game preview:
But when Law is at his best, he can hit from the perimeter and dribble penetrate to create shots for teammates. He is also a solid defender and the vocal leader on the team. If Law regains his offensive touch and confidence, the Aggies can be tough to handle.
UCLA's Arron Afflalo will get the start against Law and try to extend Law's offensive slump, although Darren Collison will likely have his opportunity against Law as well especially when Afflalo is out of the game.
At the small forward the Aggies will likely start Josh Carter (Fr, 6'7, 195) against UCLA's Josh Shipp. Carter is averaging 11.0 a game and shooting 42% from beyond the arc.
At the start of the season, the Aggies had planned to start Marlon Pompey (Sr, 6'8, 225) at the SF spot but he has been hurt although he did come off the bench to play 14 minutes against LSU.
Carter is the better offensive player of the two while Pompey is more defense-oriented who energizes the team with his hustle and defense. Pompey is also the team's best shot-blocker but his foot injury has slowed him this year.
The Aggies also bring two freshmen off the bench in Bryan Davis (6'9, 245) and Donald Sloan (6'2, 210). Davis is averaging 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 11 minutes a game; while Sloan backs up both guard spots and is averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 assists in 18.5 minutes a game.
Freshman center 6'10 Chinemelu Elonu also gets time on the court especially if Joseph Jones gets into foul trouble. Chinemelu has raw talent but is already a good shot-blocker.
This will be a great test for our guys since the tourney in Maui. I'd think this may turn out to be one of those intense grinding out games where our guys will have to come out with a ferocious defensive attitude right out of the gate.
One of the things I like to see though is AA and Ship take it to the hoop a little. There has been some games this year it seems like when both of them were settling a little too much for jump shots (at least in the first half before Howland made necessary adjustments in the second half). This is a game a Bruins cannot afford to relax like they have against inferior opponents during last three games. I'd like to see AA, DC and co. playing that patented inside-the-jersey defense right from the tip off and wear down a good Aggie team with their relentless intense team-defense and an efficient offensive game. Can't wait.