COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Riding the momentum of wins in three of its last four contests, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team hits the road this week to face LSU on Wednesday in an important late season SEC match-up. The game will air on CW8 Aggieland, and tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The Aggies (16-11, 7-7) have much to play for in the final two weeks of the regular season as Texas A&M sits in a seven-way tie for fourth place in the SEC standings, sharing the same conference record as Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Wednesday’s match-up will be televised on SEC TV with Dari Nowkhah (play-by-play) and Joe Dean, Jr. (commentary) calling all the action. Fans are encouraged to check www.AggieAthletics.com/TV for a list of stations carrying the game. In the Bryan-College Station region, CW Aggieland (CW8) will carry the game.
Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on The Zone (1150 AM).
Texas A&M is coming off back-to-back home victories over Alabama and Tennessee at Reed Arena last week. Saturday’s win over the Vols was a dramatic one as A&M got a game-winning 3-pointer from Antwan Space with 2.4 seconds left in overtime to down Tennessee for a second time this season.
Junior Jamal Jones and sophomore Alex Caruso shared top point honors for the Aggies against UT, contributing 14 apiece. Jones has rediscovered his scoring touch and remains one of the SEC’s top offensive weapons as the Wynne, Ark., native is averaging 17.7 points per game during his last six contests.
Aggie junior Kourtney Roberson enjoyed a solid outing against the Tigers during the schools previous meeting in College station on Feb. 12, contributing a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards as Texas A&M defeated LSU 83-73.
During its last outing LSU came up short of recording a major upset, falling 77-76 in overtime at No. 17 Kentucky.
On the season, the Tigers hold a 16-10 record with an even 7-7 ledger in SEC play. LSU has been particularly hard to beat in Baton Rouge this season as they are 12-2 on their home court.
• The Aggies have won three of four games to climb into a seven-way tie for fourth place in the SEC standings with a 7-7 league record ... Texas A&M has four games remaining in the regular season (two home, two away) as it sets its sights on a spot in postseason play.
• If the regular season ended before this week's league games, Texas A&M would have been the No. 5 seed at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
• Earlier this season on Feb. 12th the Aggies defeated LSU 83-73 inside Reed Arena in College Station ... Kourtney Roberson enjoyed a double-double in the winning effort, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
• Fabyon Harris has had an up-and-down senior season on the court but the Chicago native has been settling into a groove recently and has found a role as the A&M's 6th Man ... Harris has been the Aggies' top-scoring reserve a team-high nine times this season including 13 points off the bench with a perfect 3-for-3 mark from beyond the 3-point arc during Saturday's win over Tennessee.
• Junior Antwan Space proved to be the hero for a second time this season during a Texas A&M win over Tennessee as the DeSoto, Texas, product sank a game-winning 3-pointer with just 2.4 seconds left in overtime of the Aggies' 68-65 win Saturday at Reed Arena ... Earlier this year on Jan 11th, it was Space who made a deciding 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left during a 57-56 A&M win in Knoxville.
• The win over the Volunteers featured a balanced scoring attack from Texas A&M as four players (Alex Caruso-14, Jamal Jones-14, Fabyon Harris-13 and Kourtney Roberson-10) reached in double-figures in scoring.
• Jones stands out as one of the top scorers in the SEC this season and ranks 12th in the SEC by averaging 15.8 points per league game ... Caruso, meanwhile, remains the SEC's leader in both assists (125) and assists per game (4.6) for the entire season.
• Additionally, Caruso is approaching another milestone as he enters Wednesday's contest at LSU with 237 career assists, leaving him just 13 shy of becoming the 15th member of Texas A&M's 250-Assist Club.
• On the defensive end Texas A&M continues to be one of the stingiest teams in the SEC, ranking second in scoring defense by yielding just 62.4 points per contest ... During last Thursday's victory over Alabama, the Aggies held the Crimson Tide to just 48 points, their second lowest scoring output of the season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LSU (LSU LEADS 15-12)
• Wednesday’s contest will be the 28th meeting between the Aggies and the Tigers on the hardwood and the fourth as members of the SEC.
• During the first meeting this year, Texas A&M defeated LSU 83-73 on Feb. 22 inside Reed Arena ... Kourtney Roberson led the way with a double-double for A&M.
• Last season, the Tigers swept a pair of meetings with the Aggies by winning in Baton Rouge on Jan. 23 by the score of 58-54 before handing A&M a 68-57 loss at Reed Arena on March 6.
• The series dates back to the 1916-17 season during the early days of each school's men's basketball program ... LSU earned a 24-15 victory.
• Before last season, the last meeting between the schools came on Dec. 20, 2008, when the Aggies defeated LSU 72-61 at Houston's Toyota Center.
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 1-4 against LSU, having faced the Tigers once while at Centenary and once as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana before coming to Texas A&M.
• The series has been dominated by the home team with the Aggies holding a 6-1 record in College Station and the Tigers owning an 8-0 mark in Baton Rouge.
The Aggies return to Reed Arena this weekend when they host Ole Miss on Saturday in an important late-season SEC match-up ... The game is slated to tip-off at 5 p.m. and will be televised by FSN.
AGGIE & REBELS TIP-OFF AT 5PM SATURDAY
Saturday’s Texas A&M-Ole Miss Men’s basketball game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., not 6 p.m. as was listed in several places. Please help us spread the word and get a big crowd at Reed Arena for this crucial late season SEC contest.
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