Key matchup: Texas A&M’s TJ Starks will test Gonzaga’s guard line
Texas A&M has multiple scoring threats with five players averaging in double figures, but point guard TJ Starks appears to be one of the team’s barometers. The sophomore is a preseason All-SEC second-team selection. He had 16 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals, but committed nine turnovers against Savannah State in the season opener.
Starks started the last 15 games of his freshman season and finished wih a 9.9 scoring average. He scored a season-high 23 points against No. 8 Auburn and 17 versus No. 24 Kentucky in two victories.
Gonzaga starting point guard Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall coming off the bench will probably be the primary defenders on Starks, who is shooting 37.6 percent, including 30 percent on 3-pointers, in 34 career games.