Aggie Basketball Game #9:
Houston (6-2) at Texas A&M (6-2)
Dec. 4, 2013 · 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: Fox Sports South (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Dave Neal, Play-by-Play
Larry Conley, 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 MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION – Looking to return to its winning ways, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back in action on its home court Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when the Aggies host old Southwest Conference rival Houston at Reed Arena.
Texas A&M enters the contest with a 6-2 record on the season while the Cougars (6-2) are also off to a hot start during the 2013-14 campaign. The match-up will be televised on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Larry Conley (commentary) calling all the action. Fans are encouraged to check with their cable provider for availability and channel listings in their 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).
Wednesday’s contest is the first of the Holiday Hoops promotion presented by Texas A&M Physicians which offers fans discounted $5 tickets to Aggie men’s games. Holiday Hoops runs through the A&M’s SEC opening match-up with Arkansas on Jan. 8.
Additionally, fans can get coupons for free parking at Aggie men’s games from Wells Fargo throughout Holiday Hoops. A flyer for the promotion can be picked up from a Wells Fargo location in Bryan/ College Station and given to the parking attendants at Reed to receive free parking.
Texas A&M students are also the targets of several upcoming basketball promotions as during all December and January home games students can use their All-Sports Pass for admission and get a friend into the game for free.
Students looking to catch a ride to the game can jump onboard the Aggie Hoops bus which will run Route 01 beginning a few hours before tipoff and through the game. This route runs by the Quad, close to the dorms on the south side of campus and will drop students off at the corner of Kimbrough by the West Campus Garage across the street from Reed Arena.
On the court, the Aggies will be looking to rebound after suffering their first setbacks of the season last weekend during play at the Corpus Christi Challenge. The return to familiar scenery is a welcome one for A&M which is a perfect 6-0 on its home floor this season and 114-11 (.912) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena.
Junior guard Jordan Green garnered All-Tournament honors at the Corpus Christi Challenge by putting together two steady games during which he averaged 10.5 points with eight rebounds and three steals.
Meanwhile, sophomore guard Alex Caruso continues his solid play for the Aggies and enters Wednesday’s contest leading the SEC in total assists with 35 on the year.
Highlighting the youth movement on the Aggie roster, freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald made his first appearance in the starting line-up during Saturday’s contest against SMU. The Tucker, Ga., native responded with a team-leading 12 points against the Mustangs on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 behind the 3-point arc.
The Cougars come to Aggieland after breaking a two-game skid of their own with a 78-67 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday in Houston. UH is scoring 75.8 points per game as a team and is led by junior forward TaShawn Thomas who averages a double-double, pacing the Cougars in both scoring (17.3 points per game) and rebounds (10.3 rebounds per game)
• The Texas A&M men's basketball team looks to rebound from its first two losses of the season Wednesday when it returns home to Aggieland to host Houston at Reed Arena.
• The Cougars and Aggies are no strangers to one another on the hardwood as the two programs have met one another 84 previous times, with UH holding a 53-31 series advantage ... Houston stands out as the eighth-most common opponent all-time in Texas A&M men's basketball history.
• Last season, Texas A&M earned a 70-58 win over the Cougars inside Hofheinz Pavilion ... Elston Turner led all scorers with 26 points, but the Aggies also got contributions from Kourtney Roberson (14) and Ray Turner (14) in the victory.
• Freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald was inserted into the starting line-up on Nov. 30 against SMU and responded with an impressive effort against the Mustangs ... The Tucker, Ga., native notched a team-best 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 behind the 3-point arc.
• Wednesday's game will feature a trio of players who hail from the Bahamas as Texas A&M's Tavario Miller (Long Island, Bahamas) faces off against Donrad Knowles (Nassau, Bahamas) and Mikhail McLean (Nassau, Bahamas) of Houston ... Miller and Knowles are cousins.
• Texas A&M's 6-0 start to the season was the best since the 2007-08 squad opened the year with seven straight victories.
• The Aggies are 114-11 (.912) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SERIES HISTORY HOUSTON (UH LEADS 53-31)
• Wednesday marks the 85th time the Aggies & Cougars have squared off on the hardwood ... Houston holds a 53-31 lead in the all-time series.
• The two programs have a long history with one another, playing annually as members of the Southwest Conference from 1975-1996.
• A&M's coach Billy Kennedy has faced the Cougars three times as a head coach, once while at Centenary, once at Southeastern Louisiana and last season as the head coach at A&M ... UH's James Dickey is very familiar with the Aggies, holding a 14-9 career record against them while coaching at Texas Tech and Houston.
• The last time the two schools met was on Dec. 1 last season when the Aggies, behind a 26-point performance from Elston Turner, defeated the Cougars 70-58 inside Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston.
• The series dates back to the 1946-47 when Texas A&M fell to Houston 60-41.
• Houston is the eighth most common opponent in A&M men's basketball history with 84 career meetings
Following the match-up with Houston, the Aggies will host McNeese State at Reed Arena on Dec. 14 ... The game will be televised by FSN.
SPORTS PASS SPECIAL
Beginning Wednesday vs. Houston, Texas A&M students can swipe their All-Sports pass and get a fellow student into the game for free! During all December and January home games, Texas A&M All-Sports pass holders are encouraged to bring a fellow Aggie student to the game for free to increase the power of the 12th Man at Reed Arena.
A&M STUDENTS GET A RIDE TO THE GAME
On basketball game days, the Aggie Hoops bus will run on Route 01 beginning a few hours before tipoff and throughout the game. This route runs by the Quad, close to the dorms on the south side of campus and will drop students off at the corner of Kimbrough by the West Campus Garage across the street from Reed Arena.
HOLIDAY HOOPS RETURNS
Texas A&M’s "Holiday Hoops" is back - Every Texas A&M men's and women's home basketball game between December 5th and January 8th, will have reduced General Admission prices as part of "Holiday Hoops Presented by: Texas A&M Physicians". Come see the Aggie Men for $5 and Aggie Women for $4.
WELLS FARGO FREE PARKING
A reminder that Wells Fargo is offering free parking to the men’s games during holiday hoops. Fans can pick up a parking flyer at a Bryan/ College Station Wells Fargo location and give the flyer to parking attendants at Reed Arena to receive free parking.
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 80-18 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 27-16 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 109-23 (.826) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 142-28 (.835) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 56 of its last 66 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 23 in conference play).
• A&M is 183-69 (.726) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 142-28 since.
• Texas A&M are 6-0 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 114-11 (.912) 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.
MOBILE LIVE STATS
Fans can access official live statistics on their mobile devices of all Texas A&M basketball home games and select road games by visiting tamustats.com
2013-14 TEXAS A&M MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
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