Aggie Basketball Game #26:
Alabama (10-15, 4-8 SEC) at Texas A&M (14-11, 5-7 SEC)
Feb. 20, 2014 · 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: ESPN2 (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Carter Blackburn, Play-by-Play
Bob Knight, 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 – Hoping to parlay the home court advantage of Reed Arena into a strong finish to the regular season, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back in action on its home court Thursday when it hosts Alabama at 6 p.m.
The contest will be broadcast to a national television audience as ESPN2 will be on hand to showcase all the action and excitement of Texas A&M and the 12th Man to the entire country. Calling the game will be Carter Blackburn and Bob Knight and the match-up will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.
Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
Reed Arena has provided an edge for the Aggies this season as they hold a 13-2 record inside the facility. Several Aggies have shined while playing in front of the 12th Man. Among them is junior forward Kourtney Roberson, whose thunderous dunk while being fouled during the second half of last Wednesday’s victory over LSU ignited the Maroon & White faithful. This season at Reed Arena, Roberson is averaging 11 points and 7.3 rebounds while producing four double-doubles.
Aggie junior Jamal Jamal is coming off his most complete performance in a Texas A&M uniform as the Wynn, Ark., native collected a double-double with a game-high 17 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds Saturday at Vanderbilt.
The Crimson Tide will be making its first appearance in Aggieland since the 2007 season when Texas A&M handed the visitors from Tuscaloosa a 86-78 loss inside Reed Arena.
This season, Alabama brings a 10-15 overall record and a 4-8 mark in SEC games into the contest. Led by fifth-year head coach Anthony Grant, the Crimson Tide feature a talented roster that is highlighted by senior guard Trevor Releford who ranks fifth in the SEC by averaging 19.5 points per game during league play.
The contest against Alabama is the first of a two-game homestand for the Aggies, who will be hosting consecutive SEC games inside Reed Arena for the first time this season when they return to action against Tennessee on Saturday.
Texas A&M will host four of its final six regular season games in College Station as it seeks a strong finish to the regular season in hopes of bolstering its postseason resume.
• For the first time this season, Texas A&M will host back-to-back home games at Reed Arena this weekend when it entertains Alabama on Thursday and returns to the court against Tennessee on Saturday.
• Thursday's contest will be the 11th all-time between the Aggies and Crimson Tide on the hardwood and just second as SEC members.
• The contest vs. Alabama will be the first time Texas A&M has played on a Thursday this season ... The Aggies have played on each day of the week this season except Thursday.
• The match-up with Crimson Tide also kick-starts a string of games that will see Texas A&M play four of its final six regular season contests inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena.
• Junior Jamal Jones enjoyed his first career double-double performance during Saturday's contest at Vanderbilt ... Jones scored a game-high 17 points vs. the Commodores while pulling down a personal-best 13 rebounds ... The Wynne, Ark., native averages 15.6 points per game during SEC games to rank 14th in the league.
• Junior Kourtney Roberson has come on strong as of late as the Arcadia, La., native is averaging 11.5 points per game during his last four outings.
• Freshman Shawn Smith has started each of the last eight games for the Aggies, averaging 7.4 points per contest.
• Sophomore Alex Caruso continues to be the SEC's leader in both assists (115) and assists per game (4.6) ... The College Station, Texas, native surpassed the 100-assist plateau for the season during Feb. 5th’s victory over Mississippi State and enters the Alabama contest with 227 career assists.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ALABAMA (UA LEADS 7-3)
• Thursday’s contest will be the 11th meeting between the Aggies and the Crimson Tide on the hardwood as well as the first in College Station since 2007.
• Alabama won the first six games in the series, before the Aggies went on a three-game winning streak against the Crimson Tide … UA earned a 50-49 win in Tuscaloosa last season.
• The two schools first met on December 19, 1958, when the Bob Rodgers-led Aggies fell to Alabama 66-62 in the Birmingham Classic ... The Aggies had to wait 40 years for their first win against the Tide when they won 65-58 in College Station on Dec. 1, 1998.
• Saturday’s contest will be the fourth time the Aggies and Tide have met in College Station, with Texas A&M leading the series 2-1 at home.
For the first time this season, Texas A&M will host back-to-back SEC games at Reed Arena when it returns to the court Saturday vs. Tennessee ... Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
AFTER ROAD INTENSIVE STRETCH, AGGIES HOST FOUR OF FINAL SIX AT HOME
The Aggies have been a traveling bunch during the first month of SEC play. After opening league play against Arkansas in College Station on Jan. 8, Texas A&M played six of its next nine contests away from home, including a stretch of four of five games on the road. Additionally, the Aggies' travels to South Carolina (924 miles), Kentucky (848 miles), Florida (839 miles), Tennessee (806 miles) and Georgia (792 miles) constituted the SEC's five farthest destinations from College Station.
During a 29-day span from Jan. 10th to Feb. 8th, the Texas A&M men's basketball team traveled an astounding 9,392 miles.
Needless to say, the Aggie players and coaches are excited at the prospect of spending a little more time inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena where the Aggies will play four of their final six regular season games. Back-to-back home games against Alabama (Feb. 20) and Tennessee (Feb. 22) will be A&M's first consecutive home games since early January. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are the lone SEC schools to host back-to-back home SEC games only once this season.
The Aggies are 13-2 on their home court this season.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 82-20 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 30-17 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 116-25 (.823) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 148-31 (.827) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 62 of its last 74 home games against unranked opponents (22 of last 31 in conference play).
• A&M is 190-72 (.725) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 148-31 since.
• Texas A&M was 9-1 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 117-12 (.907) 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
PROMOTIONS – FEB. 20 VS. ALABAMA
2013 TEXAS A&M SOCCER TEAM TO MAKE APPEARANCE
The 2013 Texas A&M Soccer team will be in attendance before the game and will be signing autographs on the concourse from 5:00-5:45 p.m. The 2013 SEC Champions will also make an appearance at halftime and be recognized.
DJ AT VIP STUDENT ENTRANCE
There will be a DJ present, spinning some great tunes to get students pumped up before the game.
“AGGIE DREAM TEAM” READING PROGRAM NIGHT
Students receive a free ticket to a Texas A&M Basketball game when they complete the team's reading challenge at their respective school.
A&M STUDENTS HAVE CHANCE TO WIN FREE TUITION
Students who attend three of the final four home games will be entered for a chance to shoot a half-court shot at the Auburn game for FREE tuition valued at $12,000. Students will be given a stamp card and it will be stamped with a different color stamp at each of the final four games. If they have at least three stamps with the Auburn game, their card will be put in for the drawing for the contest at halftime.
Official contest rules will be at the 12th Man Rewards table at the student entrance.
SPORTS PASS SPECIAL
Texas A&M students who have an All-Sports pass can bring a fellow student into the game for free. This promotion will run during all remaining home games.
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.