Aggie Basketball Game #31:
Auburn (13-15, 5-12 SEC) at Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9 SEC)
March 8, 2014 · 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: SEC TV (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Mike Morgan, Play-by-Play
Barry Booker, 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 – For the final time this season, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team will take the court at Reed Arena as Saturday it hosts Auburn in the regular season finale. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.
The Aggies enter the contest with much still on the line in terms of a possible postseason berth and seeding for next week’s SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Texas A&M has already clinched a first-round bye at the event and will play its first game at the SEC Tournament on Thursday.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Tigers, the Texas A&M men’s basketball program will honor its senior class including managers Travis Constanzo, Justin Lanham and Ryan Poynter as well as players Payton Carrell, Fabyon Harris, Blake McDonald and the late Tobi Oyedeji during a ceremony on the court.
The match-up is slated to be televised on SEC TV with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Barry Booker (commentary) calling all the action. Fans are encouraged to check www.AggieAthletics.com/TV for a list of stations carrying the game. In the Bryan-College Station region, CW Aggieland (CW8) will carry the game.
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).
The Aggies are playing as well as any team in the country on their home court, having won five straight at Reed Arena to give them an impressive 16-2 record inside the facility this season. Only top-ranked Florida (16-0) has a better home record among SEC teams than Texas A&M.
Auburn, meanwhile, comes to Aggieland with a 13-15 overall record that includes a 5-12 mark in SEC play. The Tigers feature two of the SEC’s top six scorers as senior guard Chris Denson ranks second in the league with a 19.3 point-per-contest average and junior guard KT Harrell checks in at sixth, scoring at an 18.4 point-per-game clip.
• The regular season comes to a close Saturday as Texas A&M hosts Auburn at Reed Arena ... The Aggies have assured themselves of a first-round bye at next week's SEC Tournament and will play their first game at the event on Thursday.
• Prior to Saturday's contest, Texas A&M basketball will honor its senior class - including managers Travis Constanzo, Justin Lanham and Ryan Poynter as well as players Payton Carrell, Fabyon Harris, Blake McDonald and the late Tobi Oyedeji.
• Texas A&M defeated Auburn twice last season to leave the all-time series between the schools at 5-2 in favor of the Aggies.
• Sophomore Alex Caruso has enjoyed success in his career vs. the Tigers, averaging 14 points per contest with 14 total assists in the two games last year.
• Caruso continues to lead the SEC in both assists (143) and assists per game (4.8) while ranking second in total steals (60).
• On the defensive end, Texas A&M stands out as one of the stingiest teams in the SEC, ranking second in scoring defense by yielding just 62.3 points per contest and allowing opponents to shoot just 39.9 percent from the floor.
• During its most recent outing at Missouri on Wednesday, the A&M defense forced 17 turnovers and limited the Tigers to a .340 shooting percentage, their third worst shooting night of the season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. AUBURN (A&M LEADS 5-2)
• Saturday will be the eighth meeting between the Aggies and Tigers on the hardwood ... A&M owns a 5-2 edge in the all-time series.
• Last season, Texas A&M earned a pair of wins over Auburn, defeating the Tigers 65-56 at Auburn Arena on Feb. 20 before taking a 71-62 decision on March 13 in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville.
• The first meeting between the schools came on Dec. 22, 1961, in Houston ... The Aggies prevailed with a 62-50 win.
• Prior to last season, the schools most recently played a home-and-home series in back to back seasons with A&M winning 72-67 in College Station on Dec. 22, 2005, before earning a 87-58 victory in Auburn on Dec. 22, 2006.
The Aggies will head to Atlanta to take part in the 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. Texas A&M has already clinched a first-round bye and will play its first game at the event on Thursday.
For more info, including brackets & games times after Saturday's full slate of SEC games visit www.SECdigitalnetwork.com
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• The Aggies are 16-2 on their home court this season ... Among SEC teams, only top-ranked Florida (16-0) has a better record on its home floor than Texas A&M.
• A&M is 85-20 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 32-17 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 119-25 (.826) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 151-31 (.830) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 65 of its last 77 home games against unranked opponents (25 of last 34 in conference play).
• A&M is 193-72 (.615) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 151-31 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 – MARCH 8 VS. AUBURN
USE YOUR HOOPS TICKET TO SEE AGGIE BASEBALL SATURDAY NIGHT
Fans who have tickets to Saturday’s basketball contest vs. Auburn can use those tickets to also attend the baseball game at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park between Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech later that evening. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
Additionally, fans who have baseball tickets but not basketball tickets, can come early and show their baseball ticket for balcony seating at the hoops game at 3 p.m.
HALF COURT SHOT FOR FREE TUITION
One student who has attended three of the final four home games (including the Auburn game) and has three stamps on their card will be selected to attempt a half-court shot for a year’s free tuition (valued at $12,000) at halftime.
MORE GREAT PRIZES FOR STUDENTS
Two students who have attended three of the final four home games (including the Auburn game) and have three stamps on their card will win a gift card to Rudy’s BBQ (valued at $100).
Two students who have attended two of the final four home games (including the Auburn game) and have two stamps on their card will win a gift certificate to Double Dave’s (valued for a dozed free pepperoni rolls).
Over 500 t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd throughout the game (shirts thrown every time Texas A&M scores).
KID’S COURT IN THE MEN’S PRACTICE GYM
Prior to the game kids (Sixth grade and younger) can participate in “Kid’s Court” inside the men’s practice gym from 2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Kids will have the chance to shoot baskets or participate in poster making, face painting and other activities.
Kids and parents can access “Kid’s Court” by entering the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball from the arena concourse and following the signage for “Kid’s Court”.
DJ AT VIP STUDENT ENTRANCE
There will be a DJ present, playing great music to get students pumped up before the game.
1,000 Texas A&M Men’s Basketball koozies will be given away to students at the VIP 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.