COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference announced the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday morning.
“I’m excited about the upcoming season,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “Our guys have worked hard last spring and this summer at getting better. We have six new players that are up to the challenge of improving our team. The SEC will be tough as always.”
Following an exhibition on Oct. 30, the new campaign officially gets underway on Friday, Nov. 8, when the Aggies host Buffalo inside Reed Arena.
The non-conference slate is Lone Star State heavy with the Aggies playing all 13 out-of-league games within the borders of Texas, including 10 inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena.
To close out the month of November, Texas A&M will take part in the inaugural Corpus Christi Challenge which features two games in College Station (Nov. 24 vs Sam Houston State and Nov. 26 vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff) before the scene shifts to Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center. In Corpus Christi, the Aggies face Missouri State on Nov. 29 before returning to the court the next night to battle either SMU or Virginia.
Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a re-match with former Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma inside Houston’s Toyota Center on Saturday, Dec. 21. The contest with the Sooners will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
SEC basketball tips off in Aggieland on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when Texas A&M reignites its long-standing rivalry with former Southwestern Conference running mate Arkansas.
Following a trip to Tennessee on Jan. 11, the Aggies return to College Station to face South Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 15, before hitting the road once again for a two-game road swing that features games at Mississippi State on Jan. 18 and at Kentucky on Jan. 21.
The UK contest will see the Aggies and Wildcats face off in front of a national ESPN audience as part of Super Tuesday.
For the second year in a row, Texas A&M basketball will be visible across the country as every one of the Aggies’ 18 SEC games is slated to be broadcast on one of the ESPN family of networks, FSN, CSS or the SEC Network.
Vanderbilt pays a visit to the Lone Star State on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Texas A&M will return the favor with a trip to Nashville to battle the Commodores inside Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 15.
As the calendar fades from January to February, the Aggies will travel to the East Coast for road contests at South Carolina (Jan. 29) and at Florida (Feb. 1).
Mississippi State will visit Aggieland for the first time in hardwood history on Wednesday, Feb. 5, before the Aggies return to the court for a road tilt three days later on Feb. 8 at Georgia.
LSU travels to College Station for a mid-week contest on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and two weeks later on Feb. 26 the Aggies make an appearance at the Tigers’ Maravich Center.
On Feb. 20, Alabama and Texas A&M will face off during their only meeting of the regular season with a Thursday night match-up at Reed Arena.
Closing out the regular season in March, the Aggies will host a pair of SEC foes with Ole Miss coming to College Station on Saturday, March 1, and Auburn making the trip to Texas a week later on Saturday, March 8. The final road contest of the year will see Texas A&M travel to Columbia, Mo., to battle Missouri on March 5.
The 2014 SEC Tournament will take place March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.