Aggie Basketball Game #30:
Texas A&M (17-12; 7-9 SEC) vs LSU (17-10; 8-8 SEC)
March 6, 2013 · 7 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: SEC Network
Clay Matvick, Play-by-Play
Joe Dean, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
Satellite: Sirius (Ch. 92) / XM (Ch. 200)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After taking three very different paths to Aggieland, a trio of senior student-athletes will be honored Wednesday night when the Texas A&M men's basketball team takes the court at Reed Arena for the final time this season, facing LSU at 7 p.m.
Wednesday's game will be televised by the SEC Network, and a complete list of network affiliates for this weekend can be found HERE. Locally in Bryan/College Station, the game can be found on cable at CW8 Aggieland.
On the television call will be Clay Matvick and Joe Dean, Jr. Meanwhile, Aggie fans can hear all the action on the Texas A&M Radio Network by tuning in locally on WTAW (1620 AM) or streaming online at AggieAthletics.com.
Texas A&M students with a valid student ID will be admitted to Wednesday's game for free and the first 300 students will receive free pepperoni rolls courtesy of Double Dave's. Students will also receive a chance to register for a variety of prizes at the contest, including VISA gift cards.
Jahns took one of the most unconventional roads to a spot on the Aggie roster after watching games from the student section during his first two years on campus. After appearing at a walk-on tryout during the fall of 2010 Jahns found a place on the team and this season has emerged as a contributor. He is averaging almost 20 minutes a game during SEC play, including a career best 42 minutes during the four-overtime thriller against Tennessee.
Ray Turner is the lone four-year letterwinner in the group and has been a mainstay on the A&M roster since making his Aggie debut in 2008. In addition to thrilling A&M fans with his thunderous dunks on the court, Ray has performed in the classroom as well, earning Second Team Academic All-Big 12 honors last season. Most recently, Ray became just the 23rd member of A&M's prestigious 500-rebound club.
Since transferring from the University of Washington, Elston Turner has developed into one of the country's most explosive scorers each of the last two seasons. This year he became one of just three players all-time to score 40 points against Kentucky at Rupp Arena before setting the Reed Arena scoring record, not once but twice. Among the many accolades he has earned have been honorable mention All-Big 12 as a junior and National Player of the Week this season.
Additionally, Elston enters Wednesday's contest with LSU needing just 37 points to become the 33rd Aggie to reach the elite 1,000-point plateau.
LSU, meanwhile, comes to College Station with a 17-10 overall record and an even 8-8 mark in SEC play. The Tigers feature a balanced scoring attack that is powered by five players who average double-digit points this season. Sophomore forward Johnny O'Bryant III leads the way by averaging almost a double-double per game with 13.8 point and 8.6 rebounds per game.
First-year LSU head coach Johnny Jones, who served as the head coach at North Texas from 2001-12, owns a 222-172 in 13 seasons as a head coach.
Earlier this season on Jan. 23, the Tigers earned a 58-54 victory over the Aggies in Baton Rouge. Junior guard Fabyon Harris led the way with 19 points for A&M.
TEXAS A&M-LSU SERIES NOTES
- LSU owns a 14-11 edge in the all-time series between the schools.
- Wednesday's contest will be the 26th meeting between the Aggies and the Tigers on the hardwood and the second as members of the SEC.
- The series dates back to the 1916-17 season during the early days of each school's men's basketball program ... LSU earned a 24-15 victory.
- Before this season, the last meeting between the schools came on Dec. 20, 2008, when the Aggies defeated LSU 72-61 at Houston's Toyota Center.
- A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 0-3 against LSU, having faced them once while at Centenary and once as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana before coming to Texas A&M.
- The series has been dominated by the home team with the Aggies holding a 5-0 record in College Station and the Tigers owning an 8-0 mark in Baton Rouge.
- Prior to the game Texas A&M basketball will honor its three senior players - Jarod Jahns, Elston Turner and Ray Turner. In addition to these student-athletes, A&M basketball will also honor its unheralded members by recognizing managers Cody Daniels, Morgan Jones, Hunter Lloyd and Will Tucker.
- Aggie senior Elston Turner has ranked among the best scorers in the country all season long, but in the last six games he has taken his game to another level ... The A&M sharpshooter is averaging 27.2 points per game during the stretch while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
- Turner also is closing in on a milestone as he stands just 37 points away from becoming the 33rd Aggie to reach the 1,000-point plateau while donning the Maroon & White.
- Rookie Alex Caruso has been turning heads at both ends of the court this season while leading the team in both assists and steals ... Recently during the South Carolina contest, the College Station native took sole possession of the Texas A&M freshman steals record, a mark previously held former A&M guard Todd Holloway (1984-87).
UP NEXT AFTER THE LSU GAME
Following the LSU contest, the Aggies will travel to Fayetteville on Saturday to conclude the regular season when they face Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena ... The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
ELSTON CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS AT TEXAS A&M
Senior guard Elston Turner has stood out as one of the nation's most explosive scorers during each of his two seasons at Texas A&M and his proficiency on the offensive end has him closing in on another milestone - A&M's 1,000 point club.
The Sacramento, Calif., native transferred to A&M after spending his first two seasons at the University of Washington and although he has compiled well over a 1,000 points between the two schools, Turner is about to join the exclusive club for his exploits wearing the Maroon & White.
Turner enters the LSU game with 963 points during his two seasons at Texas A&M, needing just 37 points to become the 33rd Aggie to achieve the 1,000-point milestone.
CARUSO NABS A&M FRESHMAN STEALS RECORD
Rookie guard Alex Caruso has been impressive during his first season in Aggieland and while piling up solid numbers on both ends of the court, the College Station native snagged the Texas A&M school record for steals by a freshman.
Former A&M guard Todd Holloway (1984-87) set the previous high-water mark for steals by an Aggie frosh when he notched 56 for head coach Shelby Metcalf during the 1983-84 campaign. Caruso, who has recorded five games of at least four steals this season, overtook Holloway's mark with two steals against South Carolina on March 2.
RAY JOINS 500-REBOUND CLUB
With a seven-rebound performance on Feb. 27 at Ole Miss, senior forward Ray Turner joined a prestigious group in Aggie basketball history - the 500 Rebound Club.
The four-year letterwinner, who has seen his rebounding totals improve each season in Aggieland, became just the 23rd player to accumulate more than 500 rebounds during his playing days at A&M.
Turner enters the LSU game with 510 career rebounds and trails Wayne Lawrence (1958-60) and Mike Clifford (1984-87) by just one boards for 20th place all-time.
JAHN'S JOURNEY FROM SEPCATATOR TO CONTRIBUTOR
After watching games in the student section and finding competition at the rec during his first two years at Texas A&M, Jarod Jahns was just looking for a shot in the fall of 2010 when he heard about walk-on try-outs for the Aggie Basketball team. Two years later, the Spring, Texas, native's hard work has paid off as he's playing major minutes on the court for the Aggies during their first season in the SEC.
After playing a total of only 13 minutes in 12 games his first two seasons with the team, Jahns began to earn the trust of head coach Billy Kennedy and his staff and got his chance to show what he could do on the court during the Aggies' appearance in the CBE Fall of Fame Classic at Kansas City's Sprint Center.
During the opener of the event on Nov. 19, Jahns scored a career-best six points against Saint Louis before setting a new personal best with 21 minutes of action and four rebounds the next day in A&M's come-from-behind win over Washington State.
Jahns played a big part in the Aggies' win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Jan. 12 by grabbing four offensive rebounds in a then career-high 30 minutes and most recently he made his first career start at Alabama on Jan. 19.
"I never would have thought that would happen," Jahns said following the UK victory. "Ray (Turner) got in foul trouble and you have to answer the call at that point. We don't have a deep forward lineup so Coach told me to go in and I knew that it was going to have to be for the rest of the game. I was just going to have to answer the call. It was fun, for sure. I went up against the biggest and the best and I didn't even have offers to play in college so it was a dream that has come true."
Most recently Jahns set a personal best by playing 42 minutes during the four-overtime thriller against Tennessee on Feb. 23.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
- A&M is 69-17 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 26-15 mark in conference games.
- The Aggies are 103-22 (.824) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 136-27 (.834) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
- A&M has won 50 of its last 59 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 25 in conference play).
- A&M is 177-68 (.722) in 14 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 136-27 since.
- Texas A&M finished 8-1 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... a loss to Southern on Dec. 22 snapped a seven-game winning streak against non-conference foes at Reed.
- The Aggies are 108-11 (.908) all-time in non-conference games inside the facility, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998 ... a loss to Rice on Dec. 22, 2011, snapped A&M's 67-game non-conference home win streak at Reed Arena (which dated back to the start of the 2005-06 season) and 80-game regular-season, non-conference home win streak (which dated back to 2003), both school records.