COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Following an exciting win over No. 20 Missouri on Thursday night, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team hits the road this weekend for a SEC contest against Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT).
The contest will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Tom Hart and Matt Doherty calling all the action. Radio coverage will be provided by the Texas A&M Sports Network and aired locally in Bryan/College Station on WTAW (1620 AM) as well as streamed live on AggieAthletics.com.
The Aggies (14-8, 4-5 SEC) will be seeking to avenge a 59-52 setback to the Bulldogs on Jan. 26 in College Station. Senior guard Elston Turner paced the Aggie offense with 19 points during the previous meeting with UGA as a feverous second half A&M rally fell just short.
Junior guard Fabyon Harris chipped in 13 points last time out against the Bulldogs and is coming off a heroic end to Thursday’s victory over Missouri. The Chicago native connected on a game-winning 3-point bucket with under 12 seconds to play, securing the Aggies’ 70-68 win over the Tigers.
Harris has been one of the most consistent Aggies on the offensive end of the court in recent weeks, reaching double-figures in scoring in 10 of the team’s last 13 contests.
Georgia (11-11, 5-4 SEC), meanwhile, is coming in as one of the SEC’s hottest teams as the Bulldogs enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak that started with the victory over A&M in College Station.
The Bulldogs feature the SEC’s second leading scorer in sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who averages 17.8 points per game second only to Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson. During the first meeting with the Aggies Caldwell-Pope made 8-of-12 shots from the floor to notch 22 points and stood out as the game’s leading scorer.
TEXAS A&M-GEORGIA SERIES NOTES
• Georgia leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 1-0 … Saturday will be just the second meeting between the Aggies and Bulldogs on
• A&M dropped a 59-52 decision to Georgia at Reed Arena in College Station on Jan. 26.
• The Aggies seek a measure of revenge Saturday when they travel to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia in a 4 p.m. (CT) contest at Stegeman Coliseum ... The Bulldogs survived a second half A&M rally to earn a 59-52 win over the Aggies at Reed Arena on Jan. 26.
• Texas A&M is coming off a 70-68 victory over No. 21/20 Missouri on Thursday in College Station, marking the Aggies' first win over a ranked opponent since a 64-56 win in College Station over No. 24 Kansas State on Jan. 22, 2011.
• A&M featured a balanced scoring attack in the win over Missouri with four players in double-figure scoring - Fabyon Harris (17), Elston Turner (15), Kourtney Roberson (14) and Ray Turner (12) ... It marked the first time since Nov. 26th's win over Northwestern State that A&M has had at least four players record 10 or more points.
• Junior guard Fabyon Harris' 3-pointer with just 12 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner Thursday night and marks the second time this season A&M earned a win with a clutch shot in the closing moments of a game ... On Nov. 20, Elston Turner nailed a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift A&M to a 55-54 victory over Washington State.
• Head coach Billy Kennedy altered his starting line-up for the Missouri contest, inserting freshman guard Alex Caruso alongside Fabyon Harris, Elston Turner, Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner ... This line-up combination, which was also used during Dec. 5th's win over Stephen F. Austin, is now 2-0 on the year.
A&M ANNOUNCES “BUY THE HELL OUTTA BASKETBALL” PROMOTION
Texas A&M athletics is excited to announce unprecedented savings on tickets for all remaining Aggie men's and women's home basketball games. The Buy the Hell Outta Basketball promotion offers ticket prices that have been slashed between 50-90 percent on sale Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For men's basketball, the promotion begins with the Aggies' contest against Ole Miss on Feb. 13th and features two courtside tickets for $24, four for $42, or 10 for $80. Mezzanine tickets are two for $20, four for $32, or 10 for $60. Finally, loge tickets can be purchased for two for $12, four for $20, or 10 for $40.
Additional men's home contests included in the promotion are Tennessee (Feb. 23), South Carolina (March 2) and LSU (March 6).
For the remaining women's home games, fans can purchase two courtside tickets for $10, four for $15, or 10 for $30. Mezzanine tickets are two for $6, four for $10, or 10 for $20. Finally, general admission tickets can be purchased two for $4, four for $6, or 10 for $10.
Aggie women's basketball games against Florida (Feb. 14), Kentucky (Feb. 18), Ole Miss (Feb. 21) and LSU (March 3) are the featured Buy the Hell Outta Basketball games.
For this one-day-only chance to catch all the remaining Aggie basketball action at a great value, fans are encouraged to contact the 12thMan Foundation by calling 888-99-AGGIE or logging onto the 12thMan Foundation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
AGGIES FRESHMAN DUO MAKING MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has noted on numerous occasions the relative youth and inexperience of the Aggie roster as the team makes its way through its first season in the SEC. The poster children of this Aggie youth movement are highly-recruited freshmen Alex Caruso and J'Mychal Reese who, despite experiencing some growing pains in their rookie seasons, have become vital components to Texas A&M's success on the court.
Although he's drawn the starting assignment in six contests this season, Caruso has made his primary impact as a dynamic sub off the A&M bench. The well-rounded guard is a product of College Station's A&M Consolidated High School and brings a multitude of talents to the hardwood. Caruso, who effects the game at both ends of the court, leads the Aggies in assists (70) and steals (43) while ranking third in blocks (12).
Reese, who hails from nearby Bryan High School, has started at the point for A&M in all but two games this season while averaging 28.7 minutes per game on the court. The 6-foot-1 guard, who missed much of his senior year of high school with an injury, is still learning how to direct the offensive attack at the college level but has proven that he can spark the A&M offense by reaching double-digits in points in seven contests. One of Reese's most notable performance came in the overtime win at Mississippi State on Jan. 30 when he scored six of the Aggies' eight points in the extra period.
HARRIS GETTING OFFENSIVE
After reaching junior college All-America status at the College of Southern Idaho, junior guard Fabyon Harris joined the A&M roster this season and has become a big part of the Aggie offensive attack.
The Chicago native began his A&M career on a hot streak by scoring 14 points in each of the Aggies' first two games before notching 18 points in a win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 15. Despite his strong start, Harris went through a stretch of growing pains as he adjusted to the game at the Division I level, reaching double figures in only one of his next six games.
However, Harris began to shake off his offensive woes against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 18 when he notched a game-high 17 points. The performance kick started a string of double-digit points during 10 of his last 13 games.
Harris enjoyed his best scoring performance in an A&M uniform during Jan. 23rd's contest at LSU when he tallied a personal-best 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor.
During SEC play, Harris ranks second on the Aggies with a 13.6 point per game average.
Aggie Basketball Game #23:
Texas A&M (14-8; 4-5 SEC) at Georgia (11-11; 5-4 SEC)
Feb. 8, 2013 · 4 p.m. (CT)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Matt Doherty, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
Satellite (UGA Broadcast): Sirius (Ch. 94) / XM (Ch. 201)