Aggie Basketball Game
Texas A&M (12-3;
2-0 SEC) vs. Florida (12-2; 2-0 SEC)
January 17, 2013 ·
6:00 p.m. (CT)
A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
1620 (College Station/Bryan)
at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
Texas - Riding the confidence of back-to-back victories to open
Southeastern Conference play, the Texas A&M men's basketball team is back in
action Thursday when it hosts No. 10/9 Florida at 6 p.m. inside Reed Arena.
The match-up will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Rece
Davis and Bob Knight calling all the action from Aggieland.
Tickets for the event are still available but fans are encouraged
to buy early to avoid lines on Thursday at Reed Arena. Additionally, 9,000
white T-shirts will be provided by CC Creations in an attempt to "White Out"
Reed Arena and select $5 tickets are available by visiting www.AggielandOutfitters.com.
Texas A&M students with an all-sports option are
admitted at the North or South Student Entrances by presenting their Texas
A&M ID. Texas A&M students without an all-sports option can purchase
student walkup tickets for $10 by presenting their ID at the Ticket Center's
Kyle Field location from 8-5 on game day or at Reed Arena 1 hour prior to tip.
Prior to the game from 5-6 p.m. fans will have their opportunity
to take a picture with the Heisman Trophy on the concourse and during halftime
the 2012 Texas A&M football team will be honored.
The Aggies (12-3, 2-0 SEC) are coming off an 83-71 victory
over defending national champion Kentucky at Rupp Arena last Saturday. The UK
win was highlighted by a career-best 40-point outburst from senior guard Elston
Turner, which netted him National and SEC Player of the Week honors.
The Sacramento, Calif., native made 14-of-19 shot attempts
against the Wildcats to become just the third-ever opponent to score 40 points
against UK at Rupp, joining LSU's Chris Jackson and Navy's David Robinson. It
also marked the first 40-point game by an Aggie since Don Marbury put up 41
against Baylor on Jan. 5, 1985.
Additional standouts on the court against the Wildcats were
sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson, who narrowly missed his second straight double-double
by finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Fabyon Harris,
who scored 14 second-half points to record his fourth-consecutive double-digit
Florida (12-2, 2-0 SEC) also enters Thursday's contest with
a perfect slate in league play after defeating Georgia at home and LSU on the
road last week.
The Gators are led by head coach Billy Donovan, who is in
his 17th season in Gainesville and has guided UF to the Elite Eight each
of the last two seasons in addition to back-to-back national championships in
2006 and 2007.
On the court, a quartet of Gators (Kenny Boynton, Mike
Rosario, Erik Murphy and Patric Young) average double figures in scoring, with
Boynton pacing the group at 13.8 points per game.
Texas A&M trails the all-time series between the schools
by a 2-1 margin, including last season's 84-64 UF win in Sunrise, Fla., during
the Orange Bowl Classic tournament.
- The Aggies bring a four-game winning streak into
Thursday's match-up with No. 10/9 Florida at Reed Arena ... It will mark the
fourth-ever meeting between the Aggies and Gators on the hardwood and the first
as members of the SEC.
- Senior guard Elston Turner is the reigning SEC and
National Player of the Week after exploding for a career-best 40-point
performance during last Saturday's win at Kentucky ... The Sacramento, Calif.,
native enters the UF game ranking third in the SEC in scoring at 17.1 points
per game and leading the league in 3-point shooting percentage at .442.
- Elston has reached double figures in scoring in each game
this season and 38 of 47 career games.
- As a team, the Aggies lead the SEC on 3-point field goal
percentage at .389 as a team.
- In addition to Elston, junior guard Fabyon Harris has been
a potent scoring threat for A&M over the last month ... The Chicago native
has posted double-figure points in five of his last six games to boost his
scoring average to 10.5 on the year.
- The Aggies, who struggled rebounding during non-conference
play, have held the edge on the boards in each of their first two conference
games by a combined margin of 86-57.
- Redshirt sophomore Kourtney Roberson has been a big part
of the rebounding revival, notching his first career double-double against
Arkansas with 13 points and a career-high-tying 12 boards ... The Arcadia, La.,
native narrowly missed a second straight double-double, finishing with 10
points and nine rebounds at Kentucky .
- On the defensive end, the Aggies have held five of their
last six opponents to under 60 points, giving them 10 such performances on the
year ... A&M ranks third in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just 59.4
points per contest.
UP NEXT AFTER THE FLORIDA
Following the Florida game, Texas A&M will hit the road
to battle Alabama on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum ... The game will be
televised by FSN with a 5 p.m. tip-off.
PERFORMANCE GARNERS NATIONAL PRAISE
Prior to Texas A&M's trip to Kentucky on Jan. 12, only
two visiting players had ever cracked the 40-point plateau in Rupp Arena. Aggie
senior Elston Turner put on a show in front of the UK faithful to join that
Turner was on fire right out of the gates as he scored 25
first-half points en route to a career-best 40 during an incredible 14-of-19
shooting performance that included a 6-of-10 mark from beyond the 3-point arc.
He joined LSU's Chris Jackson and Navy's David Robinson as the only players to
reach the 40-point mark at Rupp.
Additionally, Turner became the first Aggie to score 40 or
more since Don Marbury put up 41 against Baylor on Jan. 5, 1985.
FROM SPECTATOR TO CONTRIBUTOR
After watching games in the student section and finding
competition at the rec during his first two years at Texas A&M, Jarod Jahns
was just looking for a shot in the fall of 2010 when he heard about walk-on
try-outs for the Aggie Basketball team. Two years later, the Spring, Texas,
native's hard work has paid off as he's playing major minutes on the court for
the Aggies during their first season in the SEC.
After playing a total of only 13 minutes in 12 games his first
two seasons with the team, Jahns began to earn the trust of head coach Billy
Kennedy and his staff and got his chance to show what he could do on the court
during the Aggies' appearance in the CBE Fall of Fame Classic at Kansas City's
During the opener of the event on Nov. 19, Jahns scored a career-best
six points against Saint Louis before setting a new personal best with 21
minutes of action and four rebounds the next day in A&M's come-from-behind
win over Washington State.
Most recently, Jahns played a big part in the Aggies' win over
Kentucky at Rupp Arena by grabbing four offensive rebounds in a career-high 30
"I never would have thought that would happen,"
Jahns said following the UK victory. "Ray (Turner) got in foul trouble and
you have to answer the call at that point. We don't have a deep forward lineup
so Coach told me to go in and I knew that it was going to have to be for the
rest of the game. I was just going to have to answer the call. It was fun, for
sure. I went up against the biggest and the best and I didn't even have offers
to play in college so it was a dream that has come true."
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 the
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
• 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.
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 237-200 ... over the
last four seasons, his teams have combined to post a record of 80-35.
- 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).
REED ARENA SUCCESS
- A&M is 66-13 at Reed Arena since the start of the
2008-09 season with a 23-11 mark in conference games.
- The Aggies are 100-18 (.847) at home since the start of
the 2006-07 season and are 133-23 (.853) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
- A&M has won 48 of its last 54 home games against
unranked opponents (16 of last 20 in conference play).
- A&M is 174-64 (.731) in 14 seasons at Reed Arena ...
the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 133-23 since.
- Texas A&M finished 8-1 in non-conference games at Reed
Arena this season ... a loss to Southern on Dec. 22 snapped a seven-game
winning streak against non-conference foes at Reed.
- The Aggies are 108-11 (.908) 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.