The Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back on the road this weekend when the Aggies travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt at 12:47 p.m. on Saturday inside Memorial Gym.
Texas A&M has won two of its last three contests as it seeks a strong finish to the regular season to bolster its resume for postseason play. Following the trip to Vandy, the Aggies will host four of their final six regular season games inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena where they own a 13-2 record this season.
Saturday’s match-up will be televised on SEC TV with Dave Baker (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (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).
Junior Jamal Jones has rediscovered his scoring flare recently as the Wynn, Ark., native is averaging 18.7 points per contest during his last three outings. Jones enters the weekend pacing the Aggies and ranking 14th in the SEC by averaging 15.5 points per game during SEC play.
In the interior, junior Kourtney Roberson is coming off an impressive outing during Wednesday’s victory over LSU. The Arcadia, La., native collected his sixth career double-double (fourth this season) with 12 points and 10 boards against his home state Tigers.
Saturday’s contest will also serve as an opportunity for Texas A&M to avenge a 66-55 loss to the Commodores in College Station on Jan. 25. The setback stands out as one of only two times this season that the Aggies have not walked off their home court with a victory.
Additionally, this weekend will be the first outing for A&M without freshman standout Davonte Fitzgerald, who was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury against LSU on Wednesday.
Vanderbilt comes into the showdown after dropping a 65-59 decision to South Carolina in Columbia on Thursday night. The contest was initial slated for Wednesday but was rescheduled due to weather and travel concerns.
The Commodores have lost back-to-back games, however, they are just over a week removed from a four-game winning streak that began with their victory over the Aggies in late January.
• The Aggies are back on the road Saturday, paying a visit to historic Memorial Gym where they face Vanderbilt in an afternoon tilt ... The two teams enter the game sharing 5-6 records in the SEC standings.
• Saturday's contest will be just the fourth all-time between the Commodores and Aggies on the hardwood ... Vandy has won each of the first three meetings in the series.
• Following the trip to Nashville, the Aggies will play four of their final six regular season games inside Reed Arena.
• Earlier this season, the Commodores visited Aggieland and earned a 66-55 win over the Aggies on Jan. 25 ... Kourtney Roberson finished with a double-double to lead the Aggies, compiling 14 points and 10 rebounds ... Vandy's James Siakam paced all scorers with a game-best 22 points.
• Saturday will mark Kourtney Roberson's 100th career game in an Aggie uniform.
• Freshman Shawn Smith has started each of the last seven games for the Aggies, averaging 7.9 points per contest
• Sophomore Alex Caruso continues to be the SEC's leader in both assists (110) and assists per game (4.6) ... The College Station, Texas, native surpassed the 100-assist plateau for the season during last Wednesday's victory over Mississippi State and enters the Vandy contest with 222 career assists.
• Junior Jamal Jones notched a game-high 19 points vs. LSU to lead the Aggies in scoring for the 12th time this season ... The Wynne, Ark., native averages 15.5 points per game during SEC games to rank 14th in the league.
SERIES HISTORY VS. VANDERBILT (VANDY LEADS 3-0)
• Saturday will be just the fourth meeting between the Aggies and Commodores on the hardwood.
• Earlier this season on Jan. 25, the Commodores, led by a game-high 22 points from James Siakam, defeated the Aggies 66-55 in College Station ... Kourtney Roberson recorded a double-double for the Aggies with 14 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.
• Last year, Vanderbilt earned a 63-56 win on Feb. 16 over the Aggies inside Memorial Gym in Nashville.
• The only meeting between the schools prior to last year came on Dec. 3, 1955, in Nashville ... The Commodores prevailed with a 79-69 victory.
• A&M's Billy Kennedy is 1-3 against Vanderbilt during his career as a head coach.
For the first time this season, Texas A&M will host back-to-back SEC games at Reed Arena when they welcome Alabama and Tennessee to Aggieland ... The Aggies and Crimson Tide will face off at 6 p.m. on Thursday before the Volunteers come to down for a 2 p.m. tilt on Saturday.
AFTER ROAD-HEAVY STRETCH, AGGIES HOST FIVE OF FINAL EIGHT AT HOME
The Aggies have been a traveling bunch during the first month of SEC play. After opening league play against Arkansas in College Station on Jan. 8, Texas A&M played six of its next nine contests away from home, including a stretch of four of five games on the road. Additionally, the Aggies' travels to South Carolina (924 miles), Kentucky (848 miles), Florida (839 miles), Tennessee (806 miles) and Georgia (792 miles) constituted the SEC's five farthest destinations from College Station.
During a 29-day span from Jan. 10th to Feb. 8th, the Texas A&M men's basketball team traveled an astounding 9,392 miles.
Needless to say, the Aggie players and coaches are excited at the prospect of spending a little more time inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena where the Aggies will play five of their final eight regular season games. Back-to-back home games against Alabama (Feb. 20) and Tennessee (Feb. 22) will be A&M's first consecutive home games since early January. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are the lone SEC schools to host back-to-back home SEC games only once this season.
The Aggies are 13-2 on their home court this season.
MOBILE LIVE STATS
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