COLLEGE STATION – Riding the confidence and momentum of a big home win, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back on the road this weekend when it travels to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia in a 7 p.m. (CT) contest inside Stegeman Coliseum.
The Aggies (13-9) are coming off a 72-52 win over Mississippi State at Reed Arena on Wednesday night which snapped a five-game skid and improved A&M’s SEC record to 4-5 on the year. Georgia, meanwhile, also ending a losing streak of its own by defeating LSU, 91-78, in Athens Thursday night.
Entering the weekend, the Bulldogs sit in a tie for fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4 SEC record, the Aggies, meanwhile, sit just a game back in the conference race.
Saturday’s match-up will be televised on CSS/Cox Sports TV with Matt Stewart (play-by-play) and Nate Ross (commentary) calling all the action. The game will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.
Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
During its most recent action on the court Tuesday against MSU, the Aggie offense enjoyed a breakout game as A&M shot over 50 percent from the floor with a sizzling .692 shooting percentage (10-for-26) and 46 points after halftime.
Junior Jamal Jones led the way with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, breaking the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season.
Directing the A&M offensive attack, sophomore Alex Caruso who reached double-digits in assists for the second time this season with 10 dimes on the night to improve his SEC-leading total for the season to 106.
Junior Kourtney Roberson was a solid contributor against MSU, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds, while freshman Shawn Smith scored 10 points with three assists.
Georgia snapped a three-game losing streak with its win over LSU Thursday night to improve to 10-2 on the Bulldogs’ home court this season. Fifth-year head coach Mark Fox’s team is led in scoring by sophomore guard Charles Mann, who contributes 13.7 points per game, while Kenny Gaines and Nemanja Djurisic also average double-digit scoring at 11.7 and 10.5 points per contest, respectively.
• The Aggies return to the road this weekend, face Georgia on Saturday night inside Stegeman Coliseum ... The Bulldogs sit in a tie for fourth place in the SEC standings with a 5-4 league mark while the Aggies are just a game back with a 4-5 conference record.
• Saturday marks just the third meeting between Texas A&M and Georgia on the hardwood ... The Bulldogs leads the series 2-0.
• Last season, Georgia earned wins over the Aggies in a pair of close contests ... Fabyon Harris averaged 15.0 points per game against the Bulldogs last season.
• Freshman Shawn Smith has started each of the last five games for the Aggies, averaging 7.8 points per contest
• Sophomore Alex Caruso continues to be the SEC's leader in both assists (106) and assists per game (4.8) ... The College Station, Texas, native surpassed the 100-assist plateau during Wednesday's victory over Mississippi State and enters the contest at Georgia with 218 career assists.
• Freshman Dylan Johns continues to develop on the court and has played a personal-best 12 minutes in each of the last two contests ... The Ipswich, England, native pulled down a career-best five rebounds Wednesday against Mississippi State.
• Junior Jamal Jones notched a game-high 20 points against MSU to reach the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season ... Jones averages 14.9 points per game during SEC games to rank 15th in the league.
SERIES HISTORY VS. GEORGIA (UGA LEADS 2-0)
• Saturday will be the third all-time meeting between the Aggies & Bulldogs on the hardwood.
• Last season, Georgia took both meetings with the Aggies in tightly-contested affairs ... The Bulldogs earned a 59-52 win over the Aggies at Reed Arena on Jan. 26 before completing the sweep with a 52-46 victory in Athens on Feb. 9.
• Aggie guard Fabyon Harris averaged 15 points per contest a year ago vs. the Bulldogs.
• Texas A&M floor general Billy Kennedy is 0-2 against the Bulldogs, while Georgia's Mark Fox is 2-0 against the Aggies.
Following the trip to Georgia, the Aggies return to College Station where they will host LSU on Wednesday inside Reed Arena at 8 p.m.
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Aggie Basketball Game #23:
Texas A&M (13-9, 4-5 SEC) at Georgia (11-10, 5-4 SEC)
Feb. 8, 2014 · 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
TV: CSS/Cox Sports (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Matt Stewart, Play-by-Play
Nate Ross, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Mike Caruso, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
LIVE MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com