COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will look to close out 2013 on a winning note Tuesday night when it hosts North Texas in a 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve contest inside Reed Arena.
The Aggies (8-3) are a perfect 8-0 on their home court this season as they continue a trend of dominance against non-conference opponents at Reed Arena. Inside the friendly confines of the facility, A&M is 116-11 (.913) all-time against non-league foes.
The match-up will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (commentary) calling all the action. Fans are encouraged to check with their cable provider for availability and channel listings in their area.
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).
Tuesday’s contest is part of the Holiday Hoops promotion presented by Texas A&M Physicians which offers fans discounted $5 tickets to Aggie men’s games. Holiday Hoops runs through A&M’s SEC opening match-up with Arkansas on Jan. 8.
Additionally, fans can get coupons for free parking at Aggie men’s games from Wells Fargo throughout Holiday Hoops. A flyer for the promotion can be picked up from any Wells Fargo location in Bryan/ College Station and given to the parking attendants at Reed to receive free parking.
Texas A&M students are also the targets of several upcoming basketball promotions as during all December and January home games students can use their All-Sports Pass for admission and get a friend into the game for free.
Students looking to catch a ride to the game can jump onboard the Aggie Hoops bus which will run Route 01 beginning a few hours before tipoff and throughout the game. This route runs by the Quad, close to the dorms on the south side of campus and will drop students off at the corner of Kimbrough by the West Campus Garage, across the street from Reed Arena.
The Mean Green comes to Aggieland with a 7-5 record this season and riding the confidence of back-to-back victories over Wayland Baptist and Central Arkansas. Second-year head coach Tony Benford holds a 19-25 record in two seasons as a head coach after stints as an assistant at Marquette, Nebraska, UTEP, Arizona State and New Mexico.
Guards Alzee Williams and Jordan Williams pace UNT offensively, averaging 14.8 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.
• Following a 10-day break after its last action, which came on Dec. 21st against Oklahoma at Houston’s Toyota Center, the Texas A&M men's basketball team is back in action at Reed Arena on Tuesday when it entertains North Texas at Reed Arena.
• Tuesday's contest will mark the 21st time the Aggies and Mean Green have met in men's basketball with A&M winning the last three meetings and holding a 12-8 advantage in the all-time series.
• The two squads have one common opponent this season, the Oklahoma Sooners ... UNT dropped a 95-82 decision to the Sooners in Norman on Nov. 11th while the Aggies fell to OU 64-52 in Houston on Dec. 21st.
• Despite the Aggies’ poor shooting performance during their most recent outing against the Sooners, Texas A&M has been a solid shooting squad this season … A&M ranks fifth in the SEC with a .471 team field goal percentage and has shot above 45 percent from the floor in eight of 11 games this season and above 40 percent in all but one contest.
• Texas A&M remains one of the best statistical defensive teams in the country, ranking seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense by allowing opponents to shoot just .372 from the field.
• The Aggies are 116-11 (.913) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTH TEXAS (A&M LEADS 12-8)
• Tuesday marks the 21st time the Aggies & Mean Green have squared off on the hardwood ... A&M holds a 12-8 lead in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings.
• Most recently, the two programs met at Reed Arena on Dec. 7, 2009, with the Aggies earning a 75-65 win ... Donald Sloan led the way for A&M, contributing 21 points with a perfect 10-for-10 mark from the free throw line.
• The series dates back to the 1936-37 season, when the two programs squared off three separate times.
The Aggies will hit the court for the first time during the new year on Saturday, Jan. 4, when Texas A&M hosts UTPA at Reed Arena in a 3 p.m. contest ... The game is slated to be televised by FSN.
SPORTS PASS SPECIAL
Texas A&M students can swipe their All-Sports pass and get a fellow student into the game for free. During all December and January home games, Texas A&M All-Sports pass holders are encouraged to bring a fellow Aggie student to the game for free to increase the power of the 12th Man at Reed Arena.
A&M STUDENTS GET A RIDE TO THE GAME
On basketball game days, the Aggie Hoops bus will run on Route 01 beginning a few hours before tipoff and throughout the game. This route runs by the Quad, close to the dorms on the south side of campus and will drop students off at the corner of Kimbrough by the West Campus Garage, across the street from Reed Arena.
HOLIDAY HOOPS RETURNS
Texas A&M’s "Holiday Hoops" is back - Every Texas A&M men's and women's home basketball game between December 5th and January 8th, will have reduced General Admission prices as part of "Holiday Hoops Presented by: Texas A&M Physicians". Come see the Aggie Men for $5 and Aggie Women for $4.
WELLS FARGO FREE PARKING
Wells Fargo is offering free parking to the men’s games during holiday hoops. Fans can pick up a parking flyer at a Bryan/ College Station Wells Fargo location and give the flyer to parking attendants at Reed Arena to receive free parking.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 82-18 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 28-16 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 111-23 (.828) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 144-28 (.837) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 58 of its last 68 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 23 in conference play).
• A&M is 185-69 (.728) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 144-28 since.
• Texas A&M is 8-0 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 116-11 (.913) all-time in non-conference games inside the facility, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998 ... a loss to Rice on Dec. 22, 2011, snapped A&M’s 67-game non-conference home win streak at Reed Arena (which dated back to the start of the 2005-06 season) and 80-game regular-season, non-conference home win streak (which dated back to 2003), both school records.
GREEN COMING INTO HIS OWN AS A JUNIOR
For his first two seasons on the Aggie roster Jordan Green was regarded as an outstanding teammate and a player who showed flashes of being a contributor on the court but could not maintain that solid level of play on consistent basis. Green seems to have turned a corner this season as has been one of the leaders both on and off the court during the Aggies' strong start to the season.
The Flower Mound, Texas, native has started each game this season and has shown marked improvement in virtually every offensive category. Through 11 games this season, Green ranks fourth among the Aggies in scoring by maintaining a 9.0 point-per-game clip, while shooting an impressive .581 from the field. Additionally, he paces A&M in free throw shooting by holding a .733 mark at the charity stripe.
Perhaps Green's biggest moment of the year thus far came during Nov. 15th's victory over Rice as he broke a 65-65 tie with a game-winning 3-pointer that came with only 6.7 seconds left in the contest.
AGGIES REVIVING THE ART OF THE BLOCKED SHOT
The improved athleticism of the Aggies was on display during Texas A&M's win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 11 as Texas A&M recorded a school-record 12 blocks.
Seven Aggies recorded at least one swat in the contest (Alex Caruso-3, Jamal Jones-2, Kourtney Roberson-2, Antwan Space-2, Davonte Fitzgerald-1, Fabyon Harris-1, Dylan Johns-1) as the total topped the previous record of 11 which has been set twice, most recently against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 21, 1997. A&M has topped the 10-block mark two more times this season - vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/26) and Houston (12/4).
As a team, the Aggies ranked last in the SEC with 98 blocked shots (3.0 per game) last season. However, this season's new-look A&M team is beginning to change that trend and has already notched 62 blocks in just five games (5.6 per game).
AGGIES PUERTO RICO-BOUND IN 2014
The teams for the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off were announced Nov. 20 and the Texas A&M men’s basketball team will highlight an impressive field at the event which will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Joining the Aggies at the tournament will be Boston College, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico and West Virginia.
The 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will showcase 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. The undefeated teams after the first two days of competition will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 23.
MOBILE LIVE STATS
Fans can access official live statistics on their mobile devices of all Texas A&M basketball home games and select road games by visiting tamustats.com
2013-14 TEXAS A&M MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Fans can get a deeper look at the 2013-14 Aggie basketball team with this season’s media guide. The guide features in-depth player and coach profiles, a 2012-13 season in review, a look at this year’s opponents, program records and an overview of the history of Aggie basketball.
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