Aggie Basketball Game
Texas A&M (11-3;
1-0 SEC) vs. Kentucky (10-4; 1-0 SEC)
January 12, 2013 ·
3:00 p.m. (CT)
Rupp Arena (23,000)
Joe Dean, Commentary
A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
1620 (College Station/Bryan)
Texas - After notching a win during its SEC opener earlier in the week, the
Texas A&M men's basketball team hits the road to face defending National
Champion Kentucky on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) inside Rupp Arena.
Saturday's contest will be televised by the SEC Network, and
a complete list of network affiliates for this weekend can be found HERE.
On the television call will be Clay Matvick and Joe Dean,
meanwhile, Aggie fans can all hear all the action on the Aggie Radio Network by
tuning in locally on WTAW (1620 AM) or streaming on-line at AggieAthletics.com.
The Aggies enter the contest with an 11-3 overall record
with a 1-0 mark in conference play after defeating Arkansas 69-51 at Reed Arena
Wednesday during their inaugural game in the SEC. Against the Razorbacks, the
Aggies showed significant improvement in team rebounding from previous contests
and held a 51-27 edge on the boards, including 19 offensive rebounds which led
to 21 second-chance points.
Redshirt sophomore Kourtney Roberson played a key role in
the rebounding revival, notching his first career double-double with a personal-best
12 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
On the perimeter, Texas A&M got a game-high 17 points
from junior guard Fabyon Harris as the Chicago native topped double figures in
scoring for the fourth time in his last five games to improve his season
scoring average to 10.2 points per game.
Following a 15-point outing against Arkansas, senior guard
Elston Turner, who leads the Aggies in scoring at 15.5 points per contest, brings
an impressive streak of 14 consecutive games of 10 or more points with him to
The Wildcats (10-4, 1-0 SEC) are also fresh off their first
SEC win of the year, holding off Vanderbilt 60-58 in Nashville on Thursday
A trio of UK players reached double-figures against the
Commodores, led by sophomore guard Ryan Harrow's 16 points. The Wildcats are a
young squad as evident by their top five scorers all being underclassmen, highlighted
by freshman Archie Goodwin's team-leading 15.6 points per game.
UK head coach John Calipari is in his fourth season in
Lexington after previous successful collegiate head coaching stops at UMass and
Memphis, as well as time in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia
A&M-KENTUCKY SERIES NOTES
- Kentucky leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 2-1.
- Saturday will be just the fourth meeting between the
Aggies and Wildcats on the hardwood and the first since the 1978-79 campaign.
- The two schools first met during the 1941-42 season when
the 'Cats earned a 49-29 victory.
- Most recently, the two schools met Dec. 22, 1978, at UK's
Rupp Arena, resulting in a 73-69 victory by the Aggies.
- A&M's Billy Kennedy has never faced the Wildcats in 15
seasons as a head coach.
- Kennedy's head coaching counterpart, UK's John Calipari,
is 1-0 all-time against the Aggies ... His lone contest against Texas A&M
came on March 22, 2007, while coaching at Memphis ... The Tigers defeated the
Aggies 65-64 during the NCAA Tournament's South Regional semifinal at San
- The Aggies will make their first SEC road trip Saturday
when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to battled defending National Champion
Kentucky at Rupp Arena.
- The last time the Aggies faced the defending National
Champion was during the 2008-09 season when they fell to Kansas 73-53 at Allen
Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
- Single-game tickets for Texas A&M basketball's February
and March home games are now on sale in person at the Kyle Field Ticket Center
or on-line at
- Texas A&M is coming off its most impressive rebounding
performance of the season during Wednesday's SEC opening victory over Arkansas
... The Aggies held a 51-27 edge on the glass leading to a 21-8 advantage in
points off turnovers.
- Spearheading the rebounding revival was forward Kourtney
Roberson, who tied his career high with 12 boards en route to his first career
- On the defensive end, the Aggies have held five straight opponents
to under 60 points, giving them 10 such performances on the year.
UP NEXT AFTER THE KENTUCKY
Following the trip to Kentucky, Texas A&M returns home
to the friendly confines of Reed Arena to host No. 11/9 Florida on Thursday ...
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2at 6 p.m.
FIRST-YEAR SEC SUCCESS
• Football - The Aggies'
inaugural run through the SEC on the gridiron culminated in an 11-2 record that
featured a victory over top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and 41-13 win
over Oklahoma in the 77th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic ... Aggie RS
freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel took home the coveted Heisman Trophy as they
Aggies finished ranked No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today polls.
• Volleyball - Under the
direction of head coach Laurie Corbelli, Texas A&M volleyball won the SEC
Western Division title with a 25-5 overall record and a 16-4 conference mark.
The team reached the NCAA second round of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out
to eventual National Champion Texas.
• Women's Soccer - The
Aggies' success continued onto the pitch as head coach G Guerrieri guided the
women's soccer team to a 19-4-1 record that featured in a 10-2-1 record in
league play which netted A&M the SEC Western Division crown.
• Men's Cross Country - Texas A&M senior Henry Lelei became
the school's first individual champion in the Southeastern Conference when he
claimed the men's cross country title with a time of 23:29.95 at Percy Warner
Park. Lelei was named SEC Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA Men's Athlete of the
Year en route to finishing fifth at the NCAA Championship.
• A&M's Glynn Cyprien - The A&M associate head coach
worked in Lexington as an assistant coach to Billy Gillispie from 2007-09.
• A&M's Peter Warden - Texas A&M's internal operations
assistant spent two seasons on the men's basketball staff at UK under
Gillispie, from 2007-09.
TEXAS A&M HEAD
COACH BILLY KENNEDY
- Billy Kennedy was named the 21st coach in Texas A&M
men's basketball history on May 16, 2011 ... he is a native of New Orleans and
has spent 14 seasons as a head coach, with a record of 236-200 ... over the
last three seasons, his teams have combined to post a record of 79-35.
- Over his last eight
years as a head coach, Kennedy's teams have averaged 20 wins a season, earned
four conference titles and made three trips to the postseason-two to the NCAA
Tournament and one in the NIT ... in addition, the Murray State squad which he
built before heading to College Station finished the 2012 season 31-2, won the
Ohio Valley title at 15-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA
- Kennedy's veteran staff in Aggieland has a combined 94
years of collegiate coaching experience and over the last 11 years has been a
part of 18 conference titles and 22 postseasons (15 NCAA, 7 NIT).