Aggie Basketball Game #5:
Sam Houston State (4-0) at Texas A&M (4-0)
Nov. 24, 2013 · 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: FSN (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Ron Thulin, Play-by-Play
Jim Haller, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
LIVE MOBLIE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION – A pair of unbeaten teams square off inside Reed Arena on Sunday at 4 p.m. as the Texas A&M men’s basketball team hosts Sam Houston State.
Promotions for Sunday’s contest include the option to buy one adult ticket and get four kids in free as well as Texas A&M student sports pass gets two students into the game for free.
The game will be televised on FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (commentary) calling all the action from Aggieland. Check with your cable provider for availability and channel listings in your area.
Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Radio Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
The Aggies enter Sunday’s contest unbeaten in four games during the young season and are seeking their first 5-0 start since the 2007-08 campaign. The Bearkats, meanwhile, are also 4-0 for the first time since winning their first 10 games of the 2008-09 season.
The two schools, whose home courts are separated by just 77 miles, have meet 83 previous times on the hardwood with A&M owning a 66-17 series advantage.
Texas A&M is coming off a 75-65 victory over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday night at Reed Arena that featured an outstanding effort from sophomore guard Alex Caruso. During the win, the College Station product set career highs in points (15) and steals (6) and enters the weekend leading the SEC in both assists (24) and steals (15) on the season.
Additionally, the Aggies are getting significant contributions from RS freshman guard Shawn Smith and sophomore forward Antwan Space, who each sat out last season waiting for their turn to get on the court. Smith tallied a season-best 12 points and eight rebounds against the Panthers, while Space chipped in 12 points.
The Bearkats are coming off a 98-48 win over Jarvis Christian in Huntsville, Texas, on Wednesday night and feature a high-powered offense that averages 99.8 points per game this season.
• A pair of 4-0 teams square off at Reed Arena Sunday afternoon as Texas A&M welcomes Sam Houston State to Aggieland ... A win over the Bearkats would give Texas A&M its first 5-0 start to a season since the 2007-08 campaign.
• The two schools, whose home courts are separated by just 77 miles, have meet 83 previous times on the hardwood with the Aggies holding a 66-17 lead in the series ... most recently, the two programs met on Dec. 7, 2011, with A&M earning a 64-37 victory.
• After sitting out last season RS freshman guard Shawn Smith and sophomore forward Antwan Space are already making their impact on the court this season ... Smith has been a steady contributor on the offensive end by scoring at least eight points in each game this season and averaging 10.3 per game for the season ... Space, meanwhile, ranks second on the Aggies by averaging 6.3 rebounds per contest and is coming off a season-best 12-point outing during the win over Prairie View A&M.
• Sophomore guard Alex Caruso enters the weekend pacing the SEC in both assists (24) and steals (15).
• Forward Kourtney Roberson is off to a strong start for the Aggies during his junior campaign as the Arcadia, La., native leads the Aggies in both scoring (16.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 rebounds per game) ... Roberson has notched a pair of double-doubles this season and narrowly missed a third straight during the win over Rice on Nov. 19, finishing with 19 points and nine boards ... he enters the SHSU game leading the SEC in field goal percentage (.758).
• Junior guard Jordan Green has long been a vocal leader for the Aggies on the bench and in the lockerroom, but this season his play on the court is setting an example for his teammates ... Green lifted A&M to a victory over Rice by scoring the Aggies' final five points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 6.7 second remaining during the 68-65 win.
• With so many new faces on this season's squad, head coach Billy Kennedy and staff are working toward finding the best on-court rotation for the Aggies but seem to have taken a liking to the starting line-up of Alex Caruso, Shawn Smith, Jordan Green, Antwan Space and Kourtney Roberson, as the starting combination has started each game this season ... the Aggie back-court depth is also expect to get a boost this weekend as sophomore guard J-Mychal Reese is expected to be reinstated after starting the year under suspension for violation of athletic department policies.
• The Aggies are 112-11 (.911) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SCOUTING SAM HOUSTON STATE
• The Bearkats enter the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating Jarvis Christian Wednesday in Huntsville, Texas, by a score of 98-48 ... It stands as the best start to a season by SHSU since beginning the 2008-09 campaign 10-0 ... The Bearkats are also 2-0 away from their home court this year, having earned road wins at Texas-Pan American and Prairie View A&M.
• SHSU has featured a high-flying offensive this season, averaging 99.8 points per contest this season and has topped the 100-point threshold twice.
• A trio of Bearkats average double-digit scoring on the season - Kaheem Ransom (17.0 points per game), Jabari Peters (16.3) and Dakarai Henderson (14.0).
• Head coach Jason Hooten is in his fourth season at the helm of the SHSU program and holds a 52-49 record at the school ... prior to being appointed as head coach, Hooten was an assistant in Huntsville for six seasons.
SERIES HISTORY SAM HOUSTON STATE (A&M LEADS 66-17)
• Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 66-17, which dates back to 1945 ... the Aggies have won 17 in a row, but the teams have played just twice since 1998.
• SHSU has been defeated in its only two trips to Reed Arena, a 60-50 setback on Dec. 28, 2008, and a 64-37 loss on Dec. 7, 2011.
• During the most recent meeting in the series, A&M held the Bearkats to an abysmal 25 percent shooting from the floor while getting double-digit points from Ray Turner (15), Elston Turner (14) and David Loubeau (11) ... junior Jordan Green is the only current Aggie who played in the contest.
• The Bearkats' last win over the Aggies came on Dec. 5, 1956 in Huntsville (59-58).
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is no stranger to the Bearkats and is 9-5 all-time as a head coach against Sam Houston State ... Kennedy faced SHSU 13 times while serving as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana from 1999-05.
• Kennedy's counterpart, SHSU's Jason Hooton, is 0-1 all-time against the Aggies.
• Just 77 miles separate the two schools' home courts.
AGGIES PUERTO RICO-BOUND IN 2014
The teams for the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off were announced Nov. 20 and the Texas A&M men’s basketball team will highlight an impressive field at the event which will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Joining the Aggies at the tournament will be Boston College, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico and West Virginia.
The 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will showcase 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. The undefeated teams after the first two days of competition will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 23.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 78-18 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 26-16 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 107-23 (.823) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 140-28 (.833) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 54 of its last 64 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 23 in conference play).
• A&M is 181-69 (.724) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 140-28 since.
• Texas A&M are 4-0 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 112-11 (.911) 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.
AGGIE BASKETBALL ADDS ATHLETIC GUARD
Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy announced Nov. 14 the addition of Sidy Ndir, a 6-foot-3 guard and native of Senegal, to the Aggies’ signing class.
Ndir is described as an athletic lefty guard with solid ball handling skills who has the ability to create offensive chances for both himself and his teammates.
Ndir drew national attention following his showing at the 2012 and 2013 ADIDAS Nations events in Orange County, Calif., where he ran point guard for Team Africa. Following the conclusion of the 2013 event he was named Most Outstanding International Player.
A&M SIGNS METROPLEX STANDOUT ALEX ROBINSON
Head coach Billy Kennedy announced on Nov. 13 the signing of point guard Alex Robinson who will join the Aggie basketball program next fall in advance of the 2014-15 season.
Robinson is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, rivals.com and scout.com which also lists him as the 10th best point guard and the 47th overall prospect nationally. Additionally, ESPN regards him as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Texas and the 13th highest-ranked point guard recruit in the country. Robinson, who is listed as 6-foot-1 and over 170 pounds, is currently in his senior season at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, where he is a four-year starter for the Wolves.
A season ago, Robinson earned all-region honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as all-district accolades after averaging 17 points, six assists and three steals per contest as a junior.
The lefty point guard is described by many as being a tough and confident player with impressive passing skills and the ability to beat opponents off the drive.
Robinson was also recruited by Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Marquette, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, SMU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.
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MOBILE LIVE STATS
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2013-14 TEXAS A&M MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Fans can get a deeper look at the 2013-14 Aggie basketball team with this season’s media guide. The guide features in-depth player and coach profiles, a 2012-13 season in review, a look at this year’s opponents, program records and an overview of the history of Aggie basketball.
Check out the 2013-14 Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Media Guide