Aggie Basketball Game #29:
Texas A&M (16-12; 6-9 SEC) vs South Carolina (13-15; 3-12 SEC)
March 2, 2013 · 6 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Matt Doherty, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
Satellite: Sirius (Ch. 123) / XM (Ch. 199)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With the regular season beginning to wind down, the Texas A&M men's basketball team returns to Reed Arena on Saturday when it hosts South Carolina in a 6 p.m. (CT) contest.
The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Tom Hart and Matt Doherty calling all the action. Radio coverage will be provided by the Texas A&M Sports Network and aired locally in Bryan/College Station on WTAW (1620 AM), as well as live audio on AggieAthletics.com.
Fans can also follow a live video stream of the game at ESPN3.com.
Texas A&M enters the contest looking to build upon on its 16-12 overall record this season and improve its seeding for the upcoming SEC Tournament, which will be held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena March 13-17.
Senior guard Elston Turner, who has ranked among the nation's leading scorers all season long, is reaching new heights as he rounds out his final season at Texas A&M. The Sacramento, Calif., native is averaging 27 points per game during the stretch while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Meanwhile, Aggie freshman Alex Caruso enters the South Carolina game seeking to take sole possession of the Texas A&M's school record for steals by a freshman. The College Station, Texas, native has recorded 56 steals on the year to tie former A&M guard Todd Holloway (1984-87) for the most ever in a season by an Aggie rookie.
South Carolina comes to Aggieland with a 13-15 overall record and a 3-12 record in SEC play. The Gamecocks are led by freshman forward Michael Carrera who managed his fifth double-double against Ole Miss on Feb. 20. In each of the last five games, Carrera has led USC in both scoring and rebounds.
The Gamecocks are led by first-year head coach Frank Martin, who has previously faced A&M seven times from 2007-12 while serving as the head coach at Kansas State.
TEXAS A&M-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES NOTES
- Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between the Aggies & Gamecocks on the hardwood.
- USC head coach Frank Martin is no stranger to the Aggies, however, after having faced the Aggies seven times while the head coach at Kansas State (2007-12) ... Martin is 5-2-all-time vs. Texas A&M.
- Aggie floor general Billy Kennedy has never faced the Gamecocks as a head coach.
- Despite having never faced USC, the Aggies are familiar with Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin, who faced the Aggies seven times while head coach at Kansas State from 2007-12.
- Aggie senior Elston Turner has ranked among the best scorers in the country all season long, but in the last five games he has taken his game to another level ... The A&M sharpshooter is averaging 27 points per game during the stretch while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
- Rookie Alex Caruso has been turning heads at both ends of the court this season while leading the team in both assists and steals ... The College Station native enters the USC game with 56 steals, tying him with former A&M guard Todd Holloway (1984-87) for the most ever in a season by an Aggie freshman.
- Senior forward Ray Turner pulled down seven rebounds during the team's last outing at Ole Miss and in the process joined A&M's prestigious 500-rebound club ... Turner currently has 504 rebounds to rank 23rd all-time in program history.
UP NEXT AFTER THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAME
Following the South Carolina contest, the Aggies will take the court at Reed Arena for the final time this season when they host LSU on Wednesday ... Prior to the game, the trio of A&M seniors (Jarod Jahns, Elston Turner and Ray Turner) will be honored ... The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
RAY JOINS 500-REBOUND CLUB
With a seven-rebound performance on Feb. 27 at Ole Miss, senior forward Ray Turner joined a prestigious group in Aggie basketball history - the 500 Rebound Club.
The four-year letter-winner, who has seen his rebounding totals improve each season in Aggieland, became just the 23rd player to accumulate more than 500 rebounds during his playing days at A&M.
Turner enters the South Carolina game with 504 career rebounds and trails Josh Carter (2006-09) by just three boards for 22nd place all-time.
CARUSO NEEDS ONE STREAL FOR SOLE POSSESSION OF A&M FRESHMAN RECORD
Rookie guard Alex Caruso has been impressive during his first season in Aggieland and while piling up solid numbers on both ends of the court, the College Station native has tied the Texas A&M school record for steals by a freshman.
Former A&M guard Todd Holloway (1984-87) set the high-water mark for steals by an Aggie frosh when he notched 56 for head coach Shelby Metcalf during the 1983-84 campaign. Caruso, who has recorded five games of at least four steals this season, tied Holloway's mark with a first half steal at Ole Miss on Feb. 27.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
- A&M is 68-17 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 25-15 mark in conference games.
- The Aggies are 102-22 (.823) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 135-27 (.833) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
- A&M has won 49 of its last 58 home games against unranked opponents (17 of last 24 in conference play).
- A&M is 176-68 (.721) in 14 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 135-27 since.
- Texas A&M finished 8-1 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... a loss to Southern on Dec. 22 snapped a seven-game winning streak against non-conference foes at Reed.
- The Aggies are 108-11 (.908) 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.