Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-4) vs. Bethune-Cookman (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 26th, 2:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (7,471) -- Las Vegas, Nevada. Television: Pay-Per-View. Home Record: Texas A&M-CC 1-1, Bethune-Cookman 2-0. Away Record: Texas A&M-CC 0-3, Bethune-Cookman 0-2. Neutral Record: Texas &AM- CC 0-0, Bethune-Cookman 0-0. Conference Record: Texas A&M-CC 0-0, Bethune- Cookman 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The 2010 Las Vegas Invitation continues today when the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats from Orleans Arena in Sin City.
Texas A&M-CC has just one win to show its for its efforts through the first five games, that coming in the season opener against Northeastern Oklahoma (81-74). Since then, the team has suffered four double-digit losses, three to teams (Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Kansas) that hail from the Big 12 Conference. The Islanders are members of the Southland Conference.
Bethune-Cookman, which plays its basketball out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, sits at 2-2 on the season after posting easy wins over Edward Waters and Stetson, and losses to Santa Clara and Arizona, the latter two coming as part of this event. The 78-45 setback to Arizona earlier this week marked a season-low in scoring for B-CU, while also serving as the season-high in points allowed.
The all-time series between Texas A&M-CC and Bethune-Cookman is knotted at 1-1.
The Jayhawks were simply too much for the Islanders to handle on Tuesday night, using stingy defense and an up-tempo offensive effort to claim the 82-41 victory. Kansas shot 60.3 percent from the field, which included a sizzling 70.4 percent effort in a first half in which Texas A&M-CC scored just 17 points. Demond Watt, Justin Reynolds and Jaamon Echols had seven points apiece for the Islanders, who hit a mere 31 percent of their total shots on the night. The overmatched visitors made good on just 3-of-17 three-point attempts and went 2-of-6 at the foul line. The lone bright spot in the game for Texas A&M-CC is that it committed a season-low 12 fouls. As it stands now, Watt and Jones are the only two players averaging double digits in scoring with 15.0 and 10.8 ppg, respectively, with the former also grabbing 10.0 rpg. Texas A&M-CC has nearly half as many assists as its opponents after five games, 93-50, and those same foes are knocking down 50.2 percent of their field goal attempts. The Islanders are shooting just 59.1 percent from the foul line.
Through the first four games of the 2010-11 season, C.J. Reed is Bethune- Cookman's leading scorer with 20.3 ppg, and he has also been instrumental in other areas as well, averaging 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals per outing. Garrius Holloman is averaging 10 points and 6.5 boards per game as a nice complementary piece to Reed, and the team as a whole is putting up 67.2 ppg, which is just a fraction above the 67.0 it is allowing. The Wildcats own a +7.3 advantage in the turnover department, but they are being outworked on the glass by 8.5 rpg on average. Reed poured in 16 points and Alexander Starling chipped in with a dozen, but B-CU shot just 34.2 percent from the floor, which included a dismal 1-of-9 showing from beyond the arc in the recent loss to Arizona. Reed did the bulk of his scoring at the foul line (12-of-18), the team as a whole going 18-of-27 at the stripe.
Neither of these two teams is going to make much headway in games against top- flight competition, but against each other it should provide for an exciting matchup. Expect the Islanders to play with some extra motivation as they look to snap a four-game losing streak.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M-CC 65, Bethune-Cookman 62
11/26 10:37:03 ET