Aggie Basketball Game #10:
McNeese State (2-6) at Texas A&M (7-2)
Dec. 14, 2013 · 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Southwest (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Ron Thulin, Play-by-Play
Dan Hughes, 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 – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will put its unblemished home record on the line Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena when the McNeese State Cowboys come to Aggieland for a 5 p.m. contest.
The Aggies (7-2) are a perfect 7-0 on their home court this season as they continue a trend of dominance against non-conference opponents at Reed Arena. Inside the friendly confines of the arena, A&M is 115-11 (.913) all-time against non-league foes.
The match-up will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Dan Hughes (commentary) calling all the action. Fans are encouraged to check with their cable provider for availability and channel listings in their area.
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).
Saturday’s contest is part of the Holiday Hoops promotion presented by Texas A&M Physicians which offers fans discounted $5 tickets to Aggie men’s games. Holiday Hoops runs through A&M’s SEC opening match-up with Arkansas on Jan. 8.
Additionally, fans can get coupons for free parking at Aggie men’s games from Wells Fargo throughout Holiday Hoops. A flyer for the promotion can be picked up from any Wells Fargo location in Bryan/ College Station and given to the parking attendants at Reed to receive free parking.
The McNeese State contest is also “Take A Kid to the Game” where fans who buy one adult ticket can get four kids into the game for free.
Texas A&M students are also the targets of several upcoming basketball promotions as during all December and January home games students can use their All-Sports Pass for admission and get a friend into the game for free.
Students looking to catch a ride to the game can jump onboard the Aggie Hoops bus which will run 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.
Fitzgerald has responded in his two starts by averaging 11 points per contest after scoring at a four-point-per contest pace in seven games as a reserve.
Jones, meanwhile, flirted with the A&M record book during his first career start which came in the Aggies’ last outing on Dec. 4 against Houston. The Wynne, Ark., native was 7-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc against the Cougars to finish with a game-high 21 points and fall just one 3-point basket short of the school record for a single game.
On the inside, steady veteran Kourtney Roberson leads the Aggies in both scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.0 rebounds per contest) and enters the weekend leading the SEC and ranking in the top-10 nationally with a .697 shooting percentage.
McNeese State comes to College Station with a 2-6 record under 10th year head coach Dave Simmons. The Cowboys feature a pair of guards who lead the team in scoring as Ledrick Eackles and Kevin Hardy average 15.5 and 13.4 points per game, respectively.
• Following a 10-day break after their last contest, which came after the Dec. 4th win over Houston, the Texas A&M men's basketball team is back in action at Reed Arena on Saturday when they entertain McNeese State.
• Saturday's contest will mark the sixth time the Aggies and Cowboys have met in men's basketball with A&M holding a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series ... A&M coach Billy Kennedy is no stranger to McNeese State and has faced them 12 previous times in Southland Conference action while serving as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana.
• Junior guard Jamal Jones was inserted into the starting lineup against Houston to give the Aggies an offensive boost and the Wynne, Ark., product did not disappoint ... Jones responded during his first start by going 7-of-10 from 3-point range to contribute a game-high 21 points to go along with a season-best seven rebounds and two assists ... The seven 3-pointers left him just one shy of the A&M record for a single game.
• Freshman swingman Davonte Fitzgerald drew his second straight starting assignment against the Cougars and chipped in 10 points ... Since joining the starting lineup Fitzgerald is averaging 11 points per contest after averaging just 4.0 coming off the bench in the previous seven contests.
• Junior forward Kourtney Roberson enters the weekend leading the SEC and ranking fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.697).
• As a team this season, the Aggies have been proficient on the offensive end and pace the SEC in field goal percentage by shooting 50 percent as a team ... On defense, A&M has been stingy and made it hard for opposing players to get easy looks at the basket, ranking second in the league in both scoring defense (61.9 points per game allowed) and field goal percentage defense (.367).
• The Aggies are 115-11 (.913) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SERIES HISTORY VS. McNEESE STATE (A&M LEADS 4-1)
• Saturday marks the sixth time the Aggies & Cowboys have squared off on the hardwood ... Texas A&M holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series.
• The Aggies have come out as the victor in each of the last three meetings, most recently a 66-57 win on Dec. 31, 2010 inside Reed Arena.
• The lone Aggie to have played against McNeese State during his career is Kourtney Roberson, who notched four points and four rebounds in 11 minutes the last time the two programs squared off.
• A&M's coach Billy Kennedy is no stranger to the Cowboys, having faced them 12 previous times during his career as a head coach ... While serving as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana (1999-2005), Kennedy and the Lions faced McNeese State annually in Southland Conference action.
Following the matchup with McNeese State, the Aggies will travel to Houston next Saturday, Dec. 21, to face former Big 12 rival Oklahoma during the Dickies Shootout presented by Target inside the Toyota Center, home of the NBA's Houston Rockets ... The game, which is slated for a 6 p.m. tip-off, will be part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge and televised by ESPNU.
SPORTS PASS SPECIAL
Texas A&M students can swipe their All-Sports pass and get a fellow student into the game for free. During all December and January home games, Texas A&M All-Sports pass holders are encouraged to bring a fellow Aggie student to the game for free to increase the power of the 12th Man at Reed Arena.
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.
HOLIDAY HOOPS RETURNS
Texas A&M’s "Holiday Hoops" is back - Every Texas A&M men's and women's home basketball game between December 5th and January 8th, will have reduced General Admission prices as part of "Holiday Hoops Presented by: Texas A&M Physicians". Come see the Aggie Men for $5 and Aggie Women for $4.
WELLS FARGO FREE PARKING
Wells Fargo is offering free parking to the men’s games during holiday hoops. Fans can pick up a parking flyer at a Bryan/ College Station Wells Fargo location and give the flyer to parking attendants at Reed Arena to receive free parking.
SHUFFLING THE STARTING LINEUP
For the first seven games this season, Texas A&M's starting lineup was as consistent as any in the country as the same five starters (Alex Caruso, Shawn Smith, Jordan Green, Antwan Space and Kourtney Roberson) walked onto the court to tip-off each contest.
However, after suffering their first loss of the season and having learn much about the young team, Texas A&M's coaching staff felt a change was in order. Seeking to supplement the team's offensive punch freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald was inserted into the starting lineup for Nov. 30th's contest against SMU. The Atlanta, Ga., native responded with a team-high 12 points against the Mustangs, earning him a second straight start against Houston on Dec. 4 where he again reached double digits with 10 points.
In the two games since joining the starting five, Fitzgerald is averaging 11 points per contest after maintaining a 4.0 point per game clip as a reserve in the first seven games on the year.
With offensive production in mind, A&M made another alteration to its starting lineup for the Houston contest and junior guard Jamal Jones earned his first career starting assignment. The Wynne, Ark., native responded in a big way by making 7-of-10 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to contribute a game-high 21 points to go along with a personal-best seven rebounds. The seven three-pointers left Jones just one shy of the A&M single game record.
GREEN COMING INTO HIS OWN AS A JUNIOR
For his first two seasons on the Aggie roster Jordan Green was regarded as an outstanding teammate and a player who showed flashes of being a contributor on the court but could not maintain that solid level of play on consistent basis. Green seems to have turned a corner this season as has been one of the leaders both on and off the court during the Aggies' strong start to the season.
The Flower Mound, Texas, native has started each game this season and has shown marked improvement in virtually every offensive category. Through nine games this season, Green ranks third among the Aggies in scoring by maintaining a 9.2 point-per-game clip, while shooting an impressive .612 from the field. Additionally, he paced A&M in free throw shooting by holding a .826 mark at the charity stripe.
Perhaps Green's biggest moment of the year thus far came during Nov. 15th's victory over Rice as he broke a 65-65 tie with a game-winning 3-pointer that came with only 6.7 seconds left in the contest.
AGGIES PUERTO RICO-BOUND IN 2014
The teams for the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off were announced Nov. 20 and the Texas A&M men’s basketball team will highlight an impressive field at the event which will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Joining the Aggies at the tournament will be Boston College, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico and West Virginia.
The 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will showcase 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. The undefeated teams after the first two days of competition will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 23.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 81-18 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 27-16 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 110-23 (.827) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 143-28 (.836) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 57 of its last 67 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 23 in conference play).
• A&M is 184-69 (.727) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 143-28 since.
• Texas A&M is 7-0 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 115-11 (.913) 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
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