Aggie Basketball Game #4:
Prairie View A&M (1-2) at Texas A&M (3-0)
Nov. 19, 2013 · 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: FSN (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Ron Thulin, Play-by-Play
Jim Haller, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
John Thornton, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
LIVE MOBLIE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team puts its season-opening winning streak on the line Tuesday night when it entertains Prairie View A&M in a 7 p.m. contest inside Reed Arena.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (Commentary) calling all the action from Aggieland. Check with your cable provider for availability and channel listings in your 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).
The Aggies enter Tuesday’s contest unbeaten in three games during the young season and are seeking their first 4-0 start since the 2009-10 campaign.
Texas A&M’s early success has been due to a blend of veteran talent and new faces on the court. Junior Kourtney Roberson paces the squad in both scoring (19.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.0 rebounds per game) while classmate Jordan Green was the team’s catalyst in Friday’s win over Rice. The Flower Mound, Texas, native notched each of the Aggies’ final five points during the tight contest including a game-winning 3-pointer with just 6.7 seconds to play.
Freshman Davonte Fitzgerald also made his first big impact on the court as he found his offensive rhythm against the Owls, notching a career-best 14 points off the A&M bench.
Prairie View A&M comes to Aggieland with a 1-2 record after dropping a 108-103 setback to Sam Houston State on Thursday during its last action. Balanced scoring has been Panthers' calling-card through three games this year as five players - Montrael Scott (17.3), Demondre Chapman (15.7), John Brisco (13.0), Louis Munks (11.0) and Tre Hagood (10.0) all average double-digit points on the year.
Head coach Byron Rimm II is in his sixth season at the helm of the PVAMU program and holds an 89-135 record at the school.
• Texas A&M puts its 3-0 record on the line Tuesday night when it hosts Prairie View A&M in a non-conference tilt at Reed Arena ... A win over PVAMU would give Texas A&M its first 4-0 start to a season since the 2009-10 campaign.
• The two schools, whose home courts are separated by just 41 miles, have meet 11 previous times on the hardwood with the Aggies coming out the victor in each contest.
• Forward Kourtney Roberson is off to a strong start for the Aggies during his junior campaign as the Arcadia, La., native leads the Aggies in both scoring (19.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.0 rebounds per game) ... Roberson has notched a pair of double-doubles this season and narrowly missed a third straight during Friday's win over Rice, finishing with 19 points and nine boards.
• A year ago, the Aggies and Panthers squared off at Reed Arena on Nov. 15 and Texas A&M emerged with an 81-59 win ... A&M was led in the victorious effort by guard Fabyon Harris, who scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting which included four 3-point baskets ... Harris missed Friday's win over Rice and is listed as day-to-day.
• Junior guard Jordan Green has long been a vocal leader for the Aggies on the bench and in the lockerroom, but this season his play on the court is setting an example for his teammates ... Green lifted A&M to a victory over Rice on Friday by scoring the Aggies' final five points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.7 second remaining during the 68-65 win ... For the year, Green is averaging 10 points per game and shooting an impressive .750 from the floor.
• Freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald also played a key part in the win over Rice, contributing 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.
• The Aggies are 111-11 (.910) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SCOUTING PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
• Prairie View A&M enters Tuesday's contest with a 1-2 record after suffering a 108-103 loss to Sam Houston State on Thursday in Prairie View ... The Panthers' lone win of the season came against Schreiner University on Nov. 11.
• Balanced scoring has been PVAMU's calling-card through three games this year as five panthers - Montrael Scott (17.3), Demondre Chapman (15.7), John Brisco (13.0), Louis Munks (11.0) and Tre Hagood (10.0) all average double-digit points on the year.
• The Panthers average 86.3 points per game as a team this season and are shooting a blistering .514 from the floor.
• Head coach Byron Rimm II is in his sixth season at the helm of the PVAMU program and holds a 89-135 record at the school ... overall in 11 years as a head coach Rimm is 136-174.
SERIES HISTORY PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (A&M LEADS 11-0)
• Tuesday marks the 12th time the Aggies & Panthers will square off on the hardwood ... the series has been one-sided thus far with Texas A&M claiming wins in each previous meeting.
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 1-0 all-time against Prairie View A&M, while his Prairie View A&M counterpart, Byron Rimm II, is 0-3 all-time against the Aggies.
• The last time the two schools met was last season on Nov. 15, when the Aggies, led by 18 points from Fabyon Harris, defeated the Panthers 81-59 at Reed Arena.
• The series dates back to 1979 when Texas A&M handed PVAMU a 113-63 loss in College Station.
• Prairie View A&M's closest call to upsetting the Aggies came on Dec. 7, 2002, when they took A&M to two overtime periods before falling 83-78 in Prairie View, Texas.
• Just 41 miles separate the two schools' home courts.
AGGIE BASKETBALL ADDS ATHLETIC GUARD
Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy announced Nov. 14 the addition of Sidy Ndir, a 6-foot-3 guard and native of Senegal, to the Aggies’ signing class.
Ndir is described as an athletic lefty guard with solid ball handling skills who has the ability to create offensive chances for both himself and his teammates.
Ndir drew national attention following his showing at the 2012 and 2013 ADIDAS Nations events in Orange County, Calif., where he ran point guard for Team Africa. Following the conclusion of the 2013 event he was named Most Outstanding International Player.
A&M SIGNS METROPLEX STANDOUT ALEX ROBINSON
Head coach Billy Kennedy announced on Nov. 13 the signing of point guard Alex Robinson who will join the Aggie basketball program next fall in advance of the 2014-15 season.
Robinson is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, rivals.com and scout.com which also lists him as the 10th best point guard and the 47th overall prospect nationally. Additionally, ESPN regards him as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Texas and the 13th highest-ranked point guard recruit in the country. Robinson, who is listed as 6-foot-1 and over 170 pounds, is currently in his senior season at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, where he is a four-year starter for the Wolves.
A season ago, Robinson earned all-region honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as all-district accolades after averaging 17 points, six assists and three steals per contest as a junior.
The lefty point guard is described by many as being a tough and confident player with impressive passing skills and the ability to beat opponents off the drive.
Robinson was also recruited by Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Marquette, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, SMU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.
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MOBILE LIVE STATS
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2013-14 TEXAS A&M MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Fans can get a deeper look at the 2013-14 Aggie basketball team with this season’s media guide. The guide features in-depth player and coach profiles, a 2012-13 season in review, a look at this year’s opponents, program records and an overview of the history of Aggie basketball.
Check out the 2013-14 Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Media Guide