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No. 11 A&M Hosts No. 7 Kentucky on Big Monday, BTHO Breast Cancer Game

February 17, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 11 Texas A&M (20-5, 10-1) looks to get revenge on No. 7 Kentucky (22-3, 10-2) on ESPN2's Big Monday at 6 p.m. (ct). Monday night will be the seventh-annual Beat The Hell Outta Breast Cancer game at Reed Arena.

The Aggies are on a conference-best eight game win streak, their last loss came at the hands of Kentucky back on Jan. 10th in Lexington. The meeting earlier this season is the only previous match-up between the two teams.

The Aggies are on the 13th longest home winning streak in the country at 12 games and the Aggies' 10-1 start is the best conference start in program history, the win also marked the 20th of the season for the eighth straight season.

During A&M's eight-game win streak the Aggies have won by an average of 17.6 points. In A&M's 10 SEC wins the average margin of victory has been 19.2 points, A&M leads the SEC in scoring margin in conference games (+17.2).

The maroon and white look to continue the win streak following Thursday's 78-71 win over the Florida Gators, at Reed Arena. The Aggies were led by All-American Candidate Kelsey Bone's 31 points and 10 rebounds, her 12th double-double on the season. Joining Bone in double-figures were Seniors Kristi Bellock (13 points) and Adrienne Pratcher (12 points). Pratcher and freshman Courtney Walker lead the Aggies with five assists apiece.

Pratcher is currently leading the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio according to the latest NCAA stats release on Feb. 17. The Aggies lead the SEC in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and assists per game heading into the matchup with Kentucky. Individually, Bone leads the SEC in field goal percentage (second nationally)and ranks second in scoring and rebounding, the only player to rank in the top-3 of each category.

Texas A&M's Beat the Hell Outta Breast Cancer game will benefit the Kay Yow Foundation in honor of the late North Carolina State head coach who passed away at the age of 66 on Jan. 24, 2009, after battling the disease and promoting breast cancer awareness since her initial diagnosis in 1987. In the past six seasons A&M has raised over $150,000 for breast cancer.

The official 2013 BTHO Breast Cancer T-Shirt is on sale for $10 and luminaries are available for $10, with each additional luminary being $5. The T-Shirts and luminaries are on sale now until Feb. 18 on campus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wehner, Koldus and the Rec Monday through Friday and at every home Aggie basketball, softball and baseball game. Each luminary can dedicated to someone special that has been affected by Breast Cancer, Monday night the luminaries will be lit on the concourse of Reed Arena.

During Kentucky game there will be a silent auction held in Reed Arena. This auction will have prizes such as autographed footballs, basketball, sponsor packages, etc. No signup is necessary, just show up to the game and bid. Cash or check only will be accepted.

Fans wishing to listen to the game can do so on the Texas A&M Radio Network with Mike Wright (play-by-play) and Al Pulliam (commentary) on the call. The game will be broadcast in the Bryan/College Station area on KZNE 1150 AM.

Elementary school students can register for free tickets online for any of the remaining home games, parents can go to http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center/promo/elementary.aspx to register their children for free tickets to the game.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and available online at espn3.com (blacked out in SEC footprint). Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Stephanie White (commentary) will be on the call at Reed Arena.

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