COLLEGE STATION- Former Southwest Conference rival SMU visits Reed Arena for the first time on Wednesday. The schools have not met since the final year of SWC play in 1995-96.
Ø The Aggies have won four straight and are coming off a 67-57 win against Florida A&M at home on Monday. The Mustangs lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64-62) at home on Monday.
Ø A&M is 6-0 at home this season. SMU is 0-2 in true road games.
Ø A&M has won 52 straight regular-season non-conference road games since an 82-80 loss to A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 13, 2003.
Ø The Aggies have won 73 home games in the last five seasons, second only to Memphis’ 76 home victories.
Ø Mark Turgeon’s 33-12 record is the second-best coaching start in Big 12 history behind Tech’s Bob Knight (34-11 in 2001-03). A win against SMU would tie Knight’s 34-12 mark through 46 games.
A PDF of the complete game notes is available at http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/tam-m-baskbl-notes-0809.html
Texas A&M Aggies (8-1, 0-0 Big 12)
SMU Mustangs (3-4, 0-0 C-USA)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
7:05 p.m. (CST)
College Station, Texas
Reed Arena (12,989 cap.)
Fox Sports Net Southwest
(across Texas except where Dallas Mavericks game is shown)
Play-by-Play: Greg Lucas
Analyst: Jim Haller
Dish Network: Channel 448
Direct TV: Channel 678
Texas A&M Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Dave South
Analyst: Al Pulliam
Sirius Satellite Radio: n/a
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TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record: 8-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking: Receiving votes (AP)
Last Game: Beat Florida A&M (67-57) at home on Monday
Current Streak: Won four straight
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon (Kansas ‘87)
Record: 186-131 (11th year)
at Texas A&M: 33-12 (2nd year)
vs. SMU: 0-0
PROJECTED TEXAS A&M STARTERS
No. Player P Ht. Wt. Cl-Ex PPG RPG APG
15 Donald Sloan G 6-3 205 Jr-2L 12.9 3.4 3.8
3 Derrick Roland G 6-4 185 Jr-2L 4.3 1.9 2.1
23 Josh Carter F 6-7 200 Sr-3L 14.6 4.6 2.2
0 Bryan Davis F 6-9 240 Jr-2L 11.3 6.3 --
41 Chinemelu Elonu C 6-10 235 Jr-2L 8.1 6.2 --
Record: 3-4 (0-0 Conference USA)
Last Game: Lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64-62) at home on Monday
Current Streak: Lost one
Head Coach: Matt Doherty (North Carolina ‘84)
Record: 117-112 (8th year)
at Florida A&M: 27-41 (3rd year)
vs. Texas A&M: 2-0
PROJECTED SMU STARTERS
No. Player P Ht. Wt. Cl-Ex PPG RPG APG
23 Paul McCoy G 5-11 175 Fr-Hs 14.1 3.0 3.3
3 Derek Williams G 6-1 170 Jr-Tr 12.6 1.7 3.1
10 Alex Malone G/F 6-8 202 So-1L 4.7 2.7 --
42 Papa Dia F 6-9 235 So-1L 7.4 5.7 --
21 Bamba Fall C 7-1 225 Sr-3L 8.0 7.3 --
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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC): http://meacsports.com/
Weekly Texas A&M Press Conference Audio:
Links to the audio from Texas A&M’s weekly basketball press conference on Tuesday at Reed Arena:
Head Coach Mark Turgeon
Senior Guard/Forward Josh Carter
Junior Guard Donald Sloan
Junior Forward/Center Chinemelu Elonu
Half Price Holiday Hoops
Ø Texas A&M men’s and women’s home games through Jan. 5 will be half price.
Ø For more information, go to http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/tickets/B08-Holiday.asp.
Ø SMU leads the series, 90-85, but A&M won four of the last five before the series came to a halt with the demise of the SWC in 1996.
Ø SMU won the last meeting, 75-72, on March 2, 1996 in Dallas.
Ø A&M has a 58-26 edge in games played in College Station, but this marks the first meeting at Reed Arena.
Ø A&M has won three straight against the Mustangs in College Station, with SMU’s last win coming at G. Rollie White Coliseum (84-73) in 1993.
Ø A&M is 233-248 against current members of Conference USA. The Aggies only loss of the season was against C-USA member Tulsa (67-56) on Nov. 28 in the South Padre Island Invitational. Tulsa was picked to finish in the top three in C-USA this season.
Ø Four of A&M’s regular starters are from the Dallas area -- Donald Sloan (Seagoville HS), Derrick Roland (Seagoville HS), Bryan Davis (Grand Prairie HS) and Josh Carter (Lake Highlands HS).
Ø Sloan spent much of the summer playing with the SMU players in open-gym sessions on the SMU campus in Dallas.
Ø The SMU game is the third of four games in an eight-day stretch for the Aggies before they break for Christmas.
Ø A&M plays LSU on Saturday in Houston’s Toyota Center as part of a double-header. Texas plays Michigan State in the first game.
Ø This is the fourth straight year the Aggies have played LSU.
Ø After Saturday’s game, the Aggies will be idle until Dec. 28, when they play host to Same Houston State..
Ø The Mustangs went 10-20 last year and placed 11th in C-USA with a 4-12 mark.
Ø SMU is in its third year under Head Coach Matt Doherty, who played for North Carolina’s 1984 NCAA Championship team. Doherty replaced Mark Turgeon as an assistant coach at Kansas in 1992 under Roy Williams when Turgeon left for Oregon.
Ø The Mustangs are led by freshman guard Paul McCoy (5-11), who is averaging 14.1 points and is making .571 percent (12-21) from three-point range. Junior guard Derek Williams (6-2) adds 12.6 points per game..
Florida A&M Recap
COLLEGE STATION (AP) - Chinemelu Elonu scored 17 points, had 14 rebounds and six blocked shots Monday night to help Texas A&M defeat Florida A&M 67-57. Elonu’s six blocked shots tied for the third most in school history. The Aggies (8-1) also set a Big 12 game record by making all 20 of their free throws. Texas A&M broke open a 23-19 game with 5:45 remaining in the first half by scoring the next 10 points, a streak highlighted by four points each from Elonu and Donald Sloan. Sloan scored a season-high 21 points. Lamar Twitty led Florida A&M (2-8) with 27 points. Florida A&M closed the gap to 46-44 midway through the second half before Texas A&M used a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Ø Sophomore guard B.J. Holmes has averaged 12.0 points in the last six games while making 48.3 percent (14-29) from three-point range. Holmes hit a rainbow three-pointer with two seconds left to send the Alabama game into overtime. He led the team in scoring two of the last four games, scoring a career-high 16 points against Alabama and added adding 14 against Arizona.
Ø Senior Josh Carter owns the school record for career three-point field goals with 245, which ranks eighth in Big 12 history. The old mark was 232 by Bernard King (1999-03). Carter is the most accurate three-point shooter in school history, making 42.5 percent. He led the nation in 2006-07 by making 50.0 percent.
Ø Carter is making 88.9 percent from the free throw line (32-36) and has made 16 straight. He ranks second in the Big 12 in free-throw accuracy. The school record is .865 by Mike Floyd in 1974-75.
Ø Carter has had three 20-point games this season, including 23 last Saturday at Alabama, and is averaging a team-best 14.6 points. A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 pick, he was a second-team preseason selection.
Ø Carter has started in 79 straight games -- every game since the start of his sophomore season. He has played in 110 career games and is on track to break the school record of 132 by Dominique Kirk (2004-08).
Ø Junior Bryan Davis has averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last four games while making 73.9 (17-23) percent from the field. He leads the team in rebounds (6.3) and blocks (14). Davis was named to the all-tournament team at the South Padre Island Invitational.
Ø Junior Donald Sloan has started in 45 straight games since the start of his sophomore year (2007-08). He has scored in double figures in five straight games and tied his career-high with 21 points against Florida A&M. Sloan leads the team in assists (3.8) and ranks third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.8).
Ø Junior Chinemelu Elonu scored 17 points with a career-high 14 rebounds and a career-best 6 blocks against Florida A&M. It tied for the third most blocks in school history. Elonu had 8 rebounds in the win at Alabama.
Ø Sophomore Nate Walkup has averaged just 8.0 minutes in the last two games but hit big three-pointers late in both games. His trey against Arizona with 20 seconds left proved to be the game-winner. He hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left at Alabama, which set up B.J. Holmes trey at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
Ø A&M set Big 12 and A&M records for free throw percentage by making 20-of-20 against Florida A&M on Monday.
Ø In the last four games, A&M has made 86.4 percent (70-81) from the free throw line, connecting on at least 80.0 percent in each game. The Aggies made just 64.5 percent through the first five games.
Ø The Aggies are 24-of-26 (.923) from the free throw line in the last two minutes of “close games,” which are defined as games within 10 points. In the last three games, the Aggies are 15-of-16 (.938) in “crunch time.”
Ø The win at Alabama was A&M’s first overtime victory since an 86-81 win at Iowa State in 2005-06. A&M had never won non-conference road game in overtime against a member of a BCS conference. The last time A&M won any non-conference road game in overtime was at Prairie View A&M (83-78 2 OT) in 2002-03.
Ø The Aggies rallied from 14-point deficits to beat Arizona and Alabama. A&M was five points down with 15 seconds left in regulation against Alabama, but came back to win in overtime.
Ø A&M had just 4 turnovers (16 assists) against Arizona, a school record for fewest in a game. Turnovers were not kept as an official statistic until the mid-1970s.
Ø A&M’s 73 home wins in the last four years are the second most in the nation in that period behind Memphis (76).
Ø A&M is 60-19 in the last three seasons, ranking it among the winningest teams in the country in that span.
Ø A&M is one of just nine schools to win an NCAA Tournament game in each of the last three seasons.
Ø A&M and Kansas are the only Big 12 schools to win at least 21 games in each of the last four seasons.
Ø Turgeon’s teams are known for their balance and the 2008-09 Aggies are no different. Eight players are averaging at least 4.0 points per game and nine are averaging at least 12 minutes.
Ø In the last six games, the Aggies are averaging 26.3 bench points.
Ø A&M has scored at least 22 points in the paint in all nine games, averaging 31.6 points in the paint per game.
Ø The Aggies placed fifth in the preseason Big 12 coaches poll and received votes in both major national polls..
Family Game Day
Ø Texas A&M basketball will present the Family Game Day Experience on Saturday, Jan. 3, when the women’s team plays George Washington (5 p.m.) and the men’s team plays McNeese State (8 p.m.).
Ø Children (Grades 8 and younger) will be treated to an open-gym with the A&M players as well as t-shirts, posters, etc. Adults will receive a tour and a Q&A session with the coaches.
Ø To register, call 979-845-4531. Cost is $35 for children and $45 for adults and includes game tickets. Without tickets, the price is $30 for children and $40 for adults.