Aggie Basketball Game #24:
LSU (15-7, 6-4 SEC) at Texas A&M (13-10, 4-6 SEC)
Feb. 12, 2014 · 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: CSS/Cox Sports (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Matt Stewart, Play-by-Play
Daymeon Fishback, 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 – After traveling in excess of 9,000 miles in the last 29 days, Reed Arena is a welcome site for the Texas A&M men’s basketball team which will be back in action on its home court Wednesday night at 8 p.m. when it hosts LSU.
The Aggies have played six of their last nine contests away from College Station but are looking forward toward the stretch run of SEC play which will see them host five of their final eight regular season games at Reed Arena.
LSU (15-7, 6-4 SEC) comes to Aggieland sharing fourth place in the SEC standings with a 6-4 league mark while the Aggies (13-10, 4-6 SEC) sit just two games back.
Wednesday’s match-up will be televised on CSS/Cox Sports TV with Matt Stewart (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (commentary) calling all the action. The game will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.
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).
Reed Arena has provided home court advantage for the Aggies as they hold a 12-2 record inside the facility this year. Several Aggies have shined while playing in front of the 12th Man, including junior forward Kourtney Roberson, who averages 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per home game this season.
Last week, junior Jamal Jones rediscovered his scoring flare for the Aggies as the Wynne, Ark., native averaged 18.5 points during two games last week after being held below double-digits in four straight contests from Jan. 21-Feb. 1.
Head coach Johnny Jones and the Tigers feature a talented roster led by center Johnny O’Bryant III, who ranks among the SEC leaders in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (7.4 rebounds per game).
• The Aggies return home this week to face LSU Wednesday night inside Reed Arena ... The Tigers sit in a tie for fourth place in the SEC standings with a 6-4 league mark while the Aggies are just two games back with a 4-6 conference record.
• The Aggies have played five of their last seven games on the road but during the upcoming stretch run of SEC play Texas A&M will play five of their final eight games inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena.
• Texas A&M has made strides valuing the basketball this season and have saw their turnovers per game drop from 13.3 during the 2012-13 campaign to 12.3 this season ... The Aggies rank fifth in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).
• Saturday marks the 27th meeting between Texas A&M and LSU on the hardwood ... The Tigers lead the all-time series 15-11.
• Last season, LSU earned wins over the Aggies in a pair of close contests ... Fabyon Harris averaged 15.5 points per game against the Tigers last season, including a career-high 19 points in Baton Rouge on Jan. 23, 2013.
• Freshman Shawn Smith has started each of the last six games for the Aggies, averaging 7.8 points per contest
• Sophomore Alex Caruso continues to be the SEC's leader in both assists (107) and assists per game (4.7) ... The College Station, Texas, native surpassed the 100-assist plateau during last Wednesday's victory over Mississippi State and enters the LSU contest with 219 career assists.
• Junior Jamal Jones notched a game-high 17 points at Georgia to lead the Aggies in scoring for the 11th time this season ... The Wynne, Ark., native averages 15.1 points per game during SEC games to rank 15th in the league.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LSU (LSU LEADS 15-11)
• Wednesday’s contest will be the 27th meeting between the Aggies and the Tigers on the hardwood and the third as members of the SEC.
• Last season, the Tigers swept a pair of meetings with the Aggies by winning in Baton Rouge on Jan. 23 by the score of 58-54 before handing A&M a 68-57 loss at Reed Arena on March 6.
• The series dates back to the 1916-17 season during the early days of each school's men's basketball program ... LSU earned a 24-15 victory.
• Before last season, the last meeting between the schools came on Dec. 20, 2008, when the Aggies defeated LSU 72-61 at Houston's Toyota Center.
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 0-4 against LSU, having faced the Tigers once while at Centenary and once as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana before coming to Texas A&M.
• The series has been dominated by the home team with the Aggies holding a 5-1 record in College Station and the Tigers owning an 8-0 mark in Baton Rouge.
The Aggies are back on the road this weekend as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt in a 12:30 p.m. contest inside Memorial Gym.
AFTER ROAD INTENSIVE STRETCH, AGGIES HOST FIVE OF NEXT EIGHT AT HOME
The Aggies have been a traveling bunch during the first month of SEC play. After opening league play against Arkansas in College Station on Jan. 8, Texas A&M played six of its next nine contests away from home, including a stretch of four of five games on the road. Additionally, the Aggies' travels to South Carolina (924 miles), Kentucky (848 miles), Florida (839 miles), Tennessee (806 miles) and Georgia (792 miles) constituted the SEC's five farthest destinations from College Station.
During a 29-day span from Jan. 10th to Feb. 8th, the Texas A&M men's basketball team traveled an astounding 9,392 miles.
Needless to say, the Aggie players and coaches are excited at the prospect of spending a little more time inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena where the Aggies will play five of their final eight regular season games. Back-to-back home games against Alabama (Feb. 20) and Tennessee (Feb. 22) will be A&M's first consecutive home games since early January. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are the lone SEC schools to host back-to-back home SEC games only once this season.
The Aggies are 12-2 on their home court this season.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 81-20 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 29-17 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 115-25 (.821) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 147-31 (.826) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 61 of its last 73 home games against unranked opponents (21 of last 309 in conference play).
• A&M is 188-72 (.723) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 147-31 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
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PROMOTIONS – FEB. 12 VS. LSU
“OLATE DOGS”, WINNERS FROM “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” TO PERFORM AT HALFTIME
Olate Dogs is a dog trick act that features trainers Richard and Nicholas Olate who won the seventh season of America’s Got Talent. This duo will perform their amazing dog trick act at halftime.
AGGIE MEN’S BASKETBALL KEYCHAIN LANYARDS AVAILABLE AT VIP STUDENT ENTRANCE
There will be 1,000 Aggie Men’s Basketball keychain lanyards handed out at the VIP student entrance. There will also be a DJ present, spinning some great tunes to get students pumped up before the game.
OLYMPIAN CAMMILE ADAMS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS BEFORE GAME
One of Texas A&M’s most decorated swimmers, Cammile Adams, will sign autographs on the Reed Arena concourse from 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Cammile has enjoyed much success during her time at Texas A&M, becoming a Big 12, SEC, National and USA Champion along the way.
AGGIE BASEBALL TEAM TO MAKE APPEARANCE
The 2014 Aggie baseball team will make an appearance during Wednesday’s game in advance of their season-opening series which will begin Friday night at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
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 of the 2013-14 season.
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.