COLLEGE STATION, Texas – With just three contests remaining in the regular season the Texas A&M men’s basketball team returns to Reed Arena on Saturday at 5 p.m. to host Ole Miss is a pivotal late-season SEC match-up.
The Aggies enter the weekend with a 16-12 overall record and a 7-8 mark in SEC play, leaving them in a tie for eighth place in the league standings but just one game out of fourth place. The top 10 seeds at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta receive a first round bye while the top four are entitled to a double bye.
Texas A&M has been one of the country’s toughest teams to beat on its home court this season where the Aggies are 15-2 this season. Top-ranked Florida (15-0) is the only SEC school to have a better record playing in front of its home fans than the Aggies.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, comes to College Station at 17-11 this season and holds an 8-7 mark in SEC play. The Rebels feature a talented roster that includes one of the SEC’s most recognizable players in senior guard Marshall Henderson, who helped led the Rebels to a SEC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago.
Saturday’s match-up will be televised on FSN with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Larry Conley (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 WTAW (1620 AM).
Aggie Basketball Game #29:
Ole Miss (17-11, 8-7 SEC) at Texas A&M (16-12, 7-8 SEC)
March 1, 2014 · 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: FSN (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Dave Neal, Play-by-Play
Larry Conley, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Will Johnson, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
LIVE MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
• The Aggies are in the final sprint of the regular season with just three games remaining before the SEC Tournament in Atlanta ... Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 7-8 league record and will play two of its final three games at Reed Arena.
• The all-time series between the Aggies and Rebels stands at 2-1 in favor of Texas A&M after the two teams split a pair of meetings last season with each school winning on its home court.
• Last season against the Rebels a pair of Aggies accomplished notable feats on the court... During an Aggie win at Reed Arena on Feb. 13th, Elston Turner set a then-Reed Arena record (men's games only) with 37 points ... The scoring high-water mark did not stand long as Turner broke his own record later in the season by scoring 38 points against Tennessee ... When the Aggies made a visit to Oxford to battle Ole Miss a few weeks later, Kourtney Roberson notched his second career double-double.
• Alex Caruso is approaching another milestone as he enters Saturday's contest vs. Ole Miss with 242 career assists, leaving him just eight shy of becoming the 15th member of Texas A&M's 250-Assist Club ... The College Station, Texas, native continues to lead the SEC in both assists (130) and assists per game (4.6) while ranking second in total steals (54).
• 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 ... At Reed Arena, the Aggies are allowing just 60 points per contest while opponents shoot just 38.8 percent against them.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OLE MISS (A&M LEADS 2-1)
• Saturday will be just the fourth meeting between the Aggies and Rebels on the hardwood ... A&M owns a 2-1 lead in the all-time series between the schools.
• Last season the two schools split a pair of meetings with each team winning on its home court ... On Feb. 13, the Aggies earned a 69-67 victory over the Rebels at Reed Arena ... A&M was led by a 37-point performance by Elston Turner ... Later in the year on Feb. 27, the Rebels evened the score with a 82-73 win in Oxford.
• The first meeting between the schools came on Dec. 30, 1972, in Oklahoma City during the All-College Classic ... The Aggies prevailed with a 100-83 victory.
The Aggies hit the road for the final time during the regular season when they travel to Columbia, Mo. to face Missouri on Wednesday inside Mizzou Arena ... The game is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be streamed
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• The Aggies are 15-2 on their home court this season.
• A&M is 84-20 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 31-17 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 118-25 (.825) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 150-31 (.829) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 64 of its last 76 home games against unranked opponents (24 of last 33 in conference play).
• A&M is 192-72 (.727) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 150-31 since.
• Texas A&M was 9-1 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 117-12 (.907) 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.
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
PROMOTIONS – MARCH 1 VS. OLE MISS
HALF COURT SHOT FOR FREE TUITION
Students who attend three of the final four home games will be entered for a chance to shoot a half-court shot at the Auburn game for FREE tuition valued at $12,000. Students will be given a stamp card and it will be stamped with a different color stamp at each of the final four games. If they have at least three stamps with the Auburn game, their card will be put in for the drawing for the contest at halftime.
MORE GREAT PRIZES FOR STUDENTS
Additionally, students who attend two of the final four home games will also have the chance to receive a variety of other great prizes including gift cards from Double Dave’s and Rudy’s.
Fans inside Reed Arena on Saturday will have plenty of chance to add to their wardrobe as over 500 t-shirts will be thrown into the stands throughout the game
REED ROWDIES COMPETITION ON CAMPUS
The Reed Rowdies will be having a competition on campus Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Harrington Plaza. The winners, as judged by the Rowdies, will be given a prize at the game Saturday afternoon.
MIKE EVANS TO BE HONORED
Texas A&M Football's record-setting wide receiver Mike Evans will be presented with the CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy at the Ole Miss game.
MAROON AND WHITE "CASH-OUT" SLEEVES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY AT THE VIP STUDENT ENTRANCE
There will be 2,000 maroon and white “cash out” sleeves passed out at the VIP student entrance Saturday before the game versus Ole Miss.
DJ AT VIP STUDENT ENTRANCE
There will be a DJ present, playing great music to get students pumped up before the game.
KID’S COURT IN THE MEN’S PRACTICE GYM
Prior to the game kids (Sixth grade and younger) can participate in “Kid’s Court” inside the men’s practice gym from 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Kids will have the chance to shoot baskets or participate in poster making, face painting and other activities.
Kids and parents can access “Kid’s Court” by entering the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball from the arena concourse and following the signage for “Kid’s Court”.
SPORTS PASS SPECIAL
Texas A&M students who have an All-Sports pass can bring a fellow student into the game for free. This promotion will run during all remaining home games.
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.