COLLEGE STATION -- The Preseason NIT, home games against LSU and Alabama, a road game at Arizona and the always-rugged Big 12 Conference slate highlight the 2007-08 Texas A&M men's basketball schedule, first-year Head Coach Mark Turgeon announced on Monday.
The pairings for the Preseason NIT have not been released but the Aggies open tournament play at home on Nov. 13 with the winner advancing to the second round on Nov. 14 at Reed Arena. The semifinals and finals are Nov. 21-23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A&M is making its first appearance in the Preseason NIT since the
inaugural event in 1985.
The schedule includes at least 10 games, and as many as 14 depending on the results and pairings in the Preseason NIT, against teams that advanced to postseason play in 2007.
The Big 12 schedule includes eight nationally-televised games, including
an ESPN "Big Monday" matchup at Texas on Feb. 18 and a CBS showdown against Kansas in the regular-season finale on March 8 at Reed Arena. The complete television schedule will be announced at a later date.
A&M will visit perennial power Arizona on Dec. 2 as part of the Big
12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series. The Wildcats went 20-11 last season and
advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona will make a return visit to
College Station in 2008-09.
Alabama will visit Reed Arena on Nov. 28 and LSU will make its first
appearance in College Station since 1981 when its comes in on Jan. 5.
The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2006.
A&M will play two exhibition games (to be announced) before opening the season at home against McNeese State on Nov. 9. Remaining non-conference games, all at home, are against Texas State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Detroit, UC Irvine, Florida A&M and Rice. An additional non-conference home game could be added.
Former members of the Southwest Conference, A&M and Rice have not met in College Station since that league was dissolved in 1996.
A&M will face South Division opponents Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech twice each on a home-and-home basis. The Aggies will play the North Division teams once each with road games at Missouri, Iowa State and Kansas State, and home games against Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.
The Aggies open Big 12 play at home against Colorado on Jan. 12.
2007-08 TEXAS A&M MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(all dates and times subject to change; as of July 30, 2007)
Day Date Opponent Site TV Time
TBA TBA EXHIBITION COLLEGE STATION TBA
TBA TBA EXHIBITION COLLEGE STATION TBA
Nov. 9 Fri. MCNEESE STATE COLLEGE STATION TBA
Nov. 13 Tue. PRESEASON NIT COLLEGE STATION TBA
Nov. 14 Wed. PRESEASON NIT COLLEGE STATION TBA
Nov. 21 Wed. Preseason NIT New York City TBA
Nov. 23 Fri. Preseason NIT New York City TBA
Nov. 28 Wed. ALABAMA COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 2 Sun. Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series
at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. TBA
Dec. 8 Sat. TEXAS STATE COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 16 Sun. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 19 Wed. DETROIT COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 22 Sat. UC-IRVINE COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 29 Sat. FLORIDA A&M COLLEGE STATION TBA
Dec. 31 Mon. RICE COLLEGE STATION TBA
Jan. 5 Sat. LSU COLLEGE STATION TBA
Jan. 12 Sat. *COLORADO COLLEGE STATION ESPN+ 3
Jan. 16 Wed. *at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas ESPN2 8:30
Jan. 19 Sat. *at Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. ESPN 3
Jan. 23 Wed. *BAYLOR COLLEGE STATION TBA
Jan. 26 Sat. *at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. ESPN 1
Jan. 30 Wed. State Farm Lonestar Showdown
*TEXAS COLLEGE STATION ESPN2 8
Feb. 2 Sat. *OKLAHOMA COLLEGE STATION ESPN+ 3
Feb. 5 Tue. *at Iowa State Ames, Iowa ESPN+ 7
Feb. 9 Sat. *at Missouri Columbia, Mo. ESPN+ 12:30
Feb. 16 Sat. *OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE STATION ABC 2:30
Feb. 18 Mon. State Farm Lone Star Showdown
*at Texas Austin, Texas ESPN 8
Feb. 23 Sat. *NEBRASKA COLLEGE STATION ESPN+ 3
Feb. 27 Wed. *TEXAS TECH COLLEGE STATION ESPN+ 7
March 1 Sat. *at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. ESPN 1
March 5 Wed. *at Baylor Waco, Texas ESPN2 8
March 8 Sat. *KANSAS COLLEGE STATION CBS 1
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
March 13 Thu. First-Round Kansas City, Mo. ESPN+/ESPNU
March 14 Fri. Quarterfinals Kansas City, Mo. ESPN+/ESPNU
March 15 Sat. Semifinals Kansas City, Mo. ESPN2/ESPN+
March 16 Sun. Championship Game Kansas City, Mo. ESPN 2
March 20-23 NCAA First & Second Rounds CBS
March 27-30 NCAA Regionals CBS
April 5 & 7 NCAA Final Four CBS
(Alamodome, San Antonio)
Home games in ALL CAPS and played at Reed Arena All times Central
* = Big 12 Conference Game
ESPN+ = ESPN Regional (Big 12 Conference television network)