Aggie Men’s Basketball Ready for CBE Classic

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Men’s Basketball Ready for CBE Classic

Aggie Basketball Game #4:
Texas A&M (3-0; 0-0 SEC) vs. Saint Louis (1-1; 0-0 A-10)
November 19, 2012 · 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, Missouri

TV: ESPNU (Monday) / ESPNU or ESPN3 (Tuesday)
Bob Wischusen, Play-by-Play
Stephen Bardo, Commentary
-Check with your cable provider for channel number/availability in your area

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)

KANSAS CITY — For the first time this season the Texas A&M men’s basketball team will leave the friendly confines of Reed Arena as it travels to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

The Aggies (3-0) will open the event Monday against Saint Louis in a 6:30 p.m. contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo will have the call from Sprint Center.

Following the A&M-Saint Louis tilt, Kansas and Washington State will face off at 9 p.m., setting the stage for Tuesday’s games which will pit Monday’s winners against each other during the event’s championship game at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The losers from the opening games will also be in action Tuesday, playing one another in the consolation contest at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.

Texas A&M defeated Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday during its last appearance on the court, as the Aggies were led by 18 points from junior guard Fabyon Harris. It marked the eighth time in the last nine years that A&M men's basketball has started 3-0.

Early in the season, the Aggies have displayed impressive ball movement by leading the Southeastern Conference with 51 assists and an average of 17 per contest. Freshman guard J’Mychal Reese spearheads the A&M offensive attack, having totaled 11 assists through the first three games of his college career.

Another impressive trend for A&M during the early portion of the schedule has been success at the free throw line. Senior forward Ray Turner, who’s a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line this season, highlights an impressive .822 team shooting percentage (60-of-73) from the charity stripe.

The Billikens lead the all-time series with the Aggies by a count of 4-1, but during the last meeting between the two schools, which occurred on Nov. 19, 2006, at Reed Arena, Texas A&M walked off the court a 69-33 winner.

• The Aggies made it three straight victories to begin the 2012-13 campaign by defeating Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday night at Reed Arena.
• The trip to Kansas City will be the Aggies' first venture outside of the friendly confines of Reed Arena this season ... KC's Sprint Center is not an unfamiliar venue for the Aggies, who have played in the facility as recently as last season's Big 12 Tournament.
• Texas A&M has shown an impressive ability to move the ball this season, leading the SEC with 51 assists and an average of 17 per game ... in three games the Aggies have been credited with 51 assists on 77 made field goals, including a season-high 18 assists during the win over Prairie View A&M ... Freshman J'Mychal Reese leads the A&M offensive attack and has dished out a team-high 11 assists, followed closely by Elston Turner's 10 and Alex Caruso and Jordan Green, who have nine apiece.
• The Aggies are 103-10 (.912) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
• The field at the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic includes Kansas, Saint Louis and Washington State along with the Aggies ... Texas A&M will open the event against Saint Louis on Monday before facing Kansas or Washington State the next day ... if the Aggies face Kansas it would be the first time a Texas A&M squad (in any sport) has faced a member of the Big 12 in a team competition since the Aggies left the conference for the SEC this summer.
• Following the CBE Classic, Texas A&M returns to College Station to face Northwestern State on Monday, Nov. 26.
• The Aggies have been one of the country's most consistent free throw shooting teams through the season's opening weeks, going 60-for-73 (.822) from the charity stripe ... they trail only South Carolina for the top spot among all SEC teams in FT percentage ... senior forward Ray Turner highlights the solid free throw shooting group as he is 17-for-17 from the line this season.

As the Aggies play in the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic, we look back at Texas A&M's rich history in in-season tournaments.

Texas A&M has played in 17 in-season tournaments, dating back to 1958's Southwest Conference Holiday Tournament.

Most recently, the Aggies played in and claimed the title at the 2007 NIT Season Tip-Off, played at New York City's Madison Square Gaurden.

The Texas A&M men's basketball program announced on Nov. 14 the signing of Davonte Fitzgerald, a highly-rated forward from the Atlanta, Ga., metro area to a National Letter of Intent.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks as a junior a season ago at Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga., while earning first team all-region honors. The long, athletic wing scorer is described as similar to former A&M standout Khris Middleton, who enjoyed a successful three-year career in Aggieland before being picked by the Detroit Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Fitzgerald helped lead Tucker High School to a 23-6 overall record a season ago as the Tigers claimed the Region 6A-AAAA Championship and reached the second round of the state tournament.

Rated as three-star prospect by and ESPN, Fitzgerald choose A&M over Auburn, Central Florida, Charlotte, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Santa Clara and South Florida, among others. named Fitzgerald as the 10th best prospect in Georgia and the 32nd best forward nationally, while projected him as the 44th top prospect in the country at the position.

The start time for the Texas A&M men’s basketball team’s contest at Houston on Dec. 1 has been moved to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate television coverage.

The game is slated to be televised on FSN as the Aggies travel to Hofheinz Pavilion for the first time since 2003.

The two schools, long-time league mates in the Southwest Conference, have met 83 times on the hardwood in program history with the Cougars owning a 53-30 edge in the all-time series. The two teams faced each other annually from the 1974-75 season through the 1995-96 campaign as SWC rivals.

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