Texas A&M Basketball: Game preview vs Louisiana-Monroe

Texas A&M Basketball will take on Louisiana-Monroe at home on Monday, looking to improve to 2-0 on the season and in the Buzz Williams era. Here’s what to expect from the Aggies.

Early season basketball must be taken with a grain of salt, but Texas A&M basketball will have the chance to build some nice early-season momentum with a win at home over mid-major Louisiana-Monroe on Monday.

The Aggies won their season-opener at home against Northwestern State on Wednesday, winning Buzz Williams’ Texas A&M coaching debut. The Aggies were shorthanded, as both T.J. Starks and Josh Nebo, two of the Aggies’ top returning players, were out with injuries.

Against Louisiana-Monroe, it is unknown whether Starks or Nebo will play. Starks should be back before the Gonzaga matchup on Friday, but there is no timetable set for Nebo’s return, which makes it very unlikely that we will see the big man take the floor for the Aggies on Monday.

In their absences, a pair of players should step up, as they did in the Aggies opener. The first of those players is Savion Flagg, who dropped 22 points to go along with 5 assists and 7 rebounds in the Aggies’ win over Northwestern State. Flagg should have another great game against another low-level opponent, which should take the pressure off of Starks in an easy win.

In Nebo’s absence, it’ll be Jonathan Aku, the Aggies’ top recruit, that will carry the load. Aku had seven rebounds in his debut on Wednesday and will be expected to do much of the same on the glass on Monday.

Ultimately, regardless of who plays, the Aggies should have an easy win in this one, improving to 2-0 ahead of the Gonzaga matchup. The Aggies won’t take UL-Monroe lightly, but in all, this is a win before the game has even began.