COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will play host to Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Reed Arena.
Fans who donate a coat for the annual Aggie Athletes Involved Coat Drive will be admitted for half price.
The Aggies have not played Texas A&M-Kingsville, formerly known as Texas A&I, since 2001-02, when they posted a 91-70 victory in a regular-season game at Reed Arena.
The Javelinas, an NCAA Division II team, finished 16-11 last year and placed fifth in the South Division of the Lone Star Conference with a 5-7 mark. They are led by preseason all-conference pick Wendell Mulkey, a 6-foot senior guard who averaged 9.2 points last season.
A&M went 25-11 last year and made its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round. The 25 wins under Coach Mark Turgeon tied for the most ever by a first-year coach at a Big 12 school and were the third most victories in school history.
The Aggies return three starters from that team – senior guard Josh Carter, junior forward Bryan Davis and junior guard Donald Sloan.
“It seems like the start of the season comes quicker every year,” Turgeon said. “We’ve had a few scrimmages but we’re excited and ready to play against somebody else. We are nowhere close to where we want to be but we are further along than we were at this point a year ago.”
A&M opens the regular-season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Reed Arena.