COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Padre Island Invitational and games against Arizona, Alabama and LSU highlight Texas A&M's 2008-09 non-conference men's basketball schedule.
The Aggies will open the regular-season at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 16) and Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 18) before playing host to the first two games of the Padre Island Invitational. A&M will play Jackson State in the first round game on Nov. 21 and North Carolina Wilmington in the second round on Nov. 25.
The final two games of the Padre Island tournament will be played in South Padre Island. The Aggies will meet Tulsa on Nov. 28 and either Illinois or Kent State on Nov. 29. The Tulsa game will be televised by Fox College Sports.
A&M returns home on Dec. 5 to meet Arizona in the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series in a nationally-televised game (ESPNU) before playing its first road game at Alabama on Dec. 13. After home games against Florida A&M (Dec. 15) and SMU (Dec. 17), the Aggies will meet LSU on Dec. 20 in a neutral site game at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Following the Christmas break, A&M plays host to Sam Houston State on Dec. 28, then returns to Houston to play at Rice on Dec. 31. The Aggies close their non-conference slate with home games against McNeese State (Jan. 3) and North Dakota (Jan. 5).
A&M plays Texas A&M Kingsville in a home exhibition game on Nov. 5.
The Big 12 Conference schedule was released in Late July, highlighted by ESPN “Big Monday” matchups against Kansas (road) and Texas (home).
Of A&M’s 16 conference games, 10 will be televised nationally by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Five others will be shown on a regional basis -- one on ABC, one on Fox Sports Net and three on the newly-branded Big 12 Network, which was formerly known as ESPN Plus. The Texas Tech game in Lubbock will be televised by the Texas Tech Television Network.
A&M opens Big 12 play on Jan. 10 at Oklahoma State (ESPNU), followed by the home opener against Baylor on Jan. 14 (ESPN2). Other home games are Jan. 17 vs. Oklahoma (ESPN), Jan. 28 vs. Texas Tech (ESPNU), Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN), Feb. 7 vs. Kansas State (Big 12), Feb. 16 vs. Texas (ESPN), Feb. 28 vs. Iowa State (Big 12) and March 7 vs. Missouri (ABC).
Other road games are Jan. 19 at Kansas (ESPN) Jan. 24 at Texas (ESPNU), Feb. 4 at Oklahoma (Big 12), Feb. 14 at Baylor, Feb. 21 at Texas Tech, Feb. 24 at Nebraska and March 4 at Colorado.
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be March 11-14 in Oklahoma City.
2008-09 Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Schedule
Dates and television listings subject to change; [Big 12] = Big 12 Network telecast (formerly known as ESPN Plus) produced by ESPN Regional Television.
Date Opponent Site Time (CST) TV
Wed., Nov. 5 TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE (exhibition) COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF COLLEGE STATION 4 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 18 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 21 JACKSON STATE (South Padre Invitational) COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 25 UNC WILMINGTON (South Padre Invitational) COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28 vs. Tulsa (South Padre Invitational) South Padre Island 7:30 p.m. Fox College Sports
Sat., Nov. 29 vs. Illinois/Kent State (South Padre Invitational) South Padre Island TBA
Fri., Dec. 5 ARIZONA (Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series) COLLEGE STATION 8:30 p.m. ESPNU
Sat., Dec. 13 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 15 FLORIDA A&M COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17 SMU COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 20 vs. LSU (Toyota Center) Houston 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 28 SAM HOUSTON STATE COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 31 at Rice Houston 3 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 3 MCNEESE STATE COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 5 NORTH DAKOTA COLLEGE STATION 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 10 at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. 8 p.m. ESPNU
Wed., Jan. 14 BAYLOR COLLEGE STATION 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., Jan. 17 OKLAHOMA COLLEGE STATION 1 p.m. ESPN
Mon., Jan. 19 at Kansas Lawrence, Kan. 8 p.m. ESPN
Sat., Jan. 24 at Texas Austin 7 p.m. ESPNU
Wed., Jan. 28 TEXAS TECH COLLEGE STATION 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sat., Jan. 31 OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE STATION 1 p.m. ESPN
Wed., Feb. 4 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 8 p.m. Big 12
Sat., Feb. 7 KANSAS STATE COLLEGE STATION 3 p.m. Big 12
Sat., Feb. 14 at Baylor Waco 5 p.m. Fox Sports Net
Mon., Feb. 16 TEXAS COLLEGE STATION 8 p.m. ESPN
Sat., Feb. 21 at Texas Tech Lubbock 5 p.m. TTTN
Tue., Feb. 24 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., Feb. 28 IOWA STATE COLLEGE STATION 12:30 p.m. Big 12
Wed., March 4 at Colorado Boulder, Colo. 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sat., March 7 MISSOURI COLLEGE STATION 2:30 p.m. ABC
March 11-14 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Oklahoma City TBA Big12/ESPN2/ESPN