Texas A&M Aggies vs. DePaul Blue Demons Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 25th 2022

Stadium: Wintrust Arena Chicago
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Two programs struggling for different reasons will try to correct course when Texas A&M and host DePaul meet Friday in Chicago.

Both the Aggies (3-2) and the Blue Demons (3-2) are coming off tough showings at in-season tournaments last weekend.

Texas A&M, which was ranked No. 24 in last week's Associated Press poll, lost its first two games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational before salvaging a 67-51 win over Loyola Chicago on Sunday.

Texas A&M gave up 50.0 percent shooting from the floor (25 of 50) and 45.5 percent from 3-point range (10 of 22) in an 88-79 loss to Murray State. Colorado shot even better against the Aggies in the next round -- 57.6 percent overall (34 of 59) and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc (16 of 32) in a 103-75 rout.

The Aggies are tied for 320th in Division I in allowing 38.9 percent 3-point shooting to opponents. Coach Buzz Williams said defenders are late to rotate over and contest opponents' shots at the arc.

"That would be specifically what hurt us the most against Murray State and Colorado," Williams told reporters. "We practiced on Saturday. That was a portion of our priority, was the rotation on the back side."

DePaul's problems, on the other hand, are primarily on offense. The Blue Demons have shot just 43.6 percent from the field (212th in Division I) and 31.1 percent from long range (249th).

Things were looking up for Tony Stubblefield's program when the Blue Demons posted a 69-53 win over Minnesota on Nov. 14. But at the Bahamas Championship, Santa Clara of the West Coast Conference won 69-61 in the first round and Oklahoma State held off DePaul's late comeback in the consolation game, winning 82-78.

Eral Penn is DePaul's leading rebounder (8.8 per game) and third-leading scorer (12.2) after going for double-doubles against Minnesota and Oklahoma State. He had 25 points and 11 boards against the Cowboys.

"(Eral) is a high-energy guy," Stubblefield said earlier this month. "He's going to play hard every time he steps out there on the floor. He does a great job rebounding the basketball. He's a great leader for us."

Umoja Gibson leads DePaul in scoring with 17.0 points per game.

For Texas A&M, Wade Taylor IV is the only double-figure scorer at 14.2 points per game, but five other players average at least 8.0 to comprise a balanced offense.

--Field Level Media

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Texas A&M Aggies vs. DePaul Blue Demons Recap NOV 25TH 2022

Tyrece Radford scored a career-high 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead Texas A&M past host DePaul 82-66 on Friday afternoon in Chicago.

Radford was 4 for 5 from the 3-point arc and 11 for 13 from the foul line while adding five rebounds. Wade Taylor IV had 21 points, six steals (all in the first half) and five assists off the bench for the Aggies (4-2).

Eral Penn led DePaul (3-3) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but he couldn't keep the Blue Demons from losing their third straight game. Javan Johnson and Ahamad Bynum scored 10 points apiece before both fouled out with several minutes to play.

The Aggies had a 30-13 advantage over the Blue Demons in bench points.

Texas A&M never trailed and needed less than 11 minutes to build its first double-digit lead. Radford, who hit two 3-pointers in the game's first 3:09, knocked down another in transition to make it 24-14 Aggies with 9:36 before halftime.

Umoja Gibson (13 points) responded with a triple for DePaul just 32 seconds later. When Penn knocked down a 3-pointer, it brought the Blue Demons within 30-21 with 5:34 to go.

Texas A&M used a late 6-0 spurt centered on Dexter Dennis' dunk to grow its lead to as many as 13 points, but Penn's layup in the final minute made it 38-27 Aggies at the break.

Radford had 15 points by halftime for Texas A&M, while Penn matched that for DePaul.

DePaul trailed by double figures for most of the second half. Johnson hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to trim the deficit to 49-40.

But Taylor responded with a personal 6-0 run, and the game was largely out of reach from there. A series of free throws by Radford gave the Aggies their largest lead at 70-50 with 5:36 to play.

Radford's previous career high was 26 points, when he was a freshman at Virginia Tech in the 2019-20 season.

--Field Level Media

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