Aggie Basketball Game #31:
Texas A&M (17-13; 7-10 SEC) at Arkansas (18-12; 9-8 SEC)
March 9, 2013 · 1 p.m. (CT)
Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
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 (Arkansas Broadcast): Sirius (Ch. 113) / XM (Ch. 199)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The regular season draws to a close Saturday when the Texas A&M men's basketball team visits Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., to battle old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas at 1 p.m.
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.
The Aggies (17-13, 7-10) enter the week seeking to finish their SEC conference slate in the same manner they began it - with a victory over Arkansas. The two schools faced off in College Station on Jan. 9 with A&M riding a big second half to claim a 69-51 victory for its first-ever SEC win.
During the first meeting, the Aggies held an impressive 51-27 edge in the rebounding column and were led by the first career double-double from RS sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson, who finished with 13 points and 12 boards. The Arcadia, La., native leads the Aggies with 203 rebounds this season while ranking ninth in the SEC by averaging 6.8 boards per game.
Junior guard Fabyon Harris, meanwhile, paced all scorers in the contest with 17 points. The Chicago native has stepped his game up in league play, ranking second on the team with 13.4 points per contest against SEC foes.
Arkansas, meanwhile, stands at one of the toughest teams to beat on its home court, holding a 17-1 record at Bud Walton Arena this season which includes a perfect 8-0 mark in SEC play.
Leading the way for the Razorbacks are sophomore guard B.J. Young, who leads the team and ranks fifth in the SEC by averaging 15.6 points per game, and junior forward Marshawn Powell, who contributes 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
TEXAS A&M-ARKANSAS SERIES NOTES
- Saturday will be the second-ever SEC contest between the Aggies and Razorbacks ... The two schools shared a spot in the Southwest Conference from 1915 until 1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
- The two schools have faced off 148 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season.
- Earlier this season on Jan. 9, the Aggies handed the Razorbacks a 69-51 loss at Reed Arena in College Station ... Kourtney Roberson led the way for A&M with a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds).
- The most recent meeting before this season came on Dec. 18, 2010, at Dallas' American Airlines Center ... The 71-62 overtime victory by the Aggies marked the first meeting between the two schools since the break-up of the SWC.
- A&M's Billy Kennedy is 1-1 all-time as a head coach against the Razorbacks ... his lone meeting against Arkansas prior to this year came during the 1997-98 season while the head coach at Centenary ... the Gents fell in Fayetteville 61-48.
- Kennedy's head coaching counterpart, Arkansas' Mike Anderson, is 0-7 all-time against the Aggies.
- For the second time this season the old Southwest Conference rivals will do battle on the hardwood when the Aggies and Razorbacks face off Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville ... A&M earned a 69-51 victory over the Hogs at Reed Arena on Jan. 9.
- During the last meeting between the teams, the Aggies held an impressive 51-27 advantage in the rebounding column and were led by forward Kourtney Roberson, who notched a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards ... Junior guard Fabyon Harris finished with a game-high 17 points.
- Aggie senior Elston Turner has ranked among the best scorers in the country all season long, but in the last seven games he has taken his game to another level ... The A&M sharpshooter is averaging 24.9 points per game during the stretch while shooting 50 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
- Turner also is closing in on a milestone as he stands just 26 points away from becoming the 33rd Aggie to reach the 1,000-point plateau while donning the Maroon & White.
- The Aggies & Razorbacks have several program connections as Texas A&M associate head coach Glynn Cyprien served as an assistant coach at Arkansas to Stan Heath during the 2006-07 campaign and Razorback assistant coach Melvin Watkins was the head coach at A&M from 1998-2004.
UP NEXT AFTER THE ARKANSAS GAME
Following the Arkansas contest, the Aggies will return to College Station before heading to Nashville next week to participate in the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.
TEXAS A&M-ARKANSAS CONNECTIONS
• A&M's Glynn Cyprien - The A&M associate head coach worked in Fayetteville as an assistant coach to Stan Heath during the 2006-07 campaign.
• A&M's Billy Kennedy - Texas A&M's head coach served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M during the 1990-91 season under Kermit Davis. His final game as an Aggie assistant was a 108-61 loss to the Razorbacks on March 8 during the Southwest Conference Tournament.
• Arkansas' Melvin Watkins - The Razorback assistant served as the 18th head coach in Texas A&M men's basketball history from 1998-2004 ... In four seasons on the Aggie bench, Watkins compiled a 60-112 (.349) record.
ELSTON CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS AT TEXAS A&M
Senior guard Elston Turner has stood out as one of the nation's most explosive scorers during each of his two seasons at Texas A&M and his proficiency on the offensive end has him closing in on another milestone - A&M's 1,000 point club.
The Sacramento, Calif., native transferred to A&M after spending his first two seasons at the University of Washington and although he has compiled well over a 1,000 points between the two schools, Turner is about to join the exclusive club for his exploits wearing the Maroon & White.Turner enters the Arkansas game with 974 points during his two seasons at Texas A&M, needing just 26 points to become the 33rd Aggie to achieve the 1,000-point milestone