Thursday night was a rough one for Texas A&M.
The Aggies had their 67-game home nonconference home winning streak by Rice, a team who had beaten three non-D-I teams and no one ranked better than No. 323 by KenPom.
But they also lost sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson for four-to-six weeks with a fractured ankle, according to Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News. Zwerneman said earlier that Roberson was helped off the court with a left leg injury.
Roberson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Louisiana, was averaging 4.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes off the bench for the Aggies. He was shooting 60 percent from the field. His minutes had dropped considerably over the past month, limited by a foot injury. He only played 21 minutes in his last six games, including not appearing at all in two of them. However, earlier in the year, he was productive, averaging 6.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in the first five games of the season.
The Aggies should be able to replace Roberson, but they have bigger problems. They have no one (besides Elston Turner) knocking down shots from the perimeter, and are also struggling to get free opportunities from the charity stripe. Dash Harris doesn’t have the shot to get defenses honest, and freshman Jamal Branch hasn’t proven himself at the point either. Khris Middleton, Ray Turner and David Loubeau are fine up front, but the backcourt needs to step it up in a hurry.
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