COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Texas A&M women’s basketball team will appear a record 11 times on television during the 2012-13 regular season, after the Southeastern Conference announced its television schedule Tuesday.
In their inaugural season in the SEC, the Aggies immediately reap the benefits of the conference’s comprehensive, multi-platform, television package.
The Aggies will make six appearances on national television with five games on ESPN2 and one game on ESPNU. A&M’s first ESPN2 appearance of the season will be on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. when the Aggies host last year’s national semifinalist UCONN at Reed Arena.
A&M has been selected to play on the marquee ESPN2 Big Monday telecast for the fifth straight season, and for the fourth time in five years at Reed Arena. The Aggies travel to Baton Rouge, La., on Monday, Feb. 4 for an 8 p.m. (CT) contest against LSU. In addition, A&M is slated to host Kentucky at Reed Arena on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. (CT) as part of the annual Play 4Kay campaign.
The Aggies are also the only SEC program to appear on Big Monday twice during the 2012-13 season.
“We are on ESPN2 or ESPNU six times,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said. “It’s exposure for Texas A&M and it’s a way to brand to our name. It’s a way to get us out on a national scene, because that is where recruiting has taken us. Texas A&M is national draw because television folks like the style of our games, and we have fans in the seats.”
Regional sports networks Fox Sports and Comcast Sports will televise two Aggies games each, while the syndicated SEC Network will televise one A&M game.
Highlighting the FSN selections will be A&M coach Gary Blair’s first visit back to Arkansas on January 6 at 2 p.m. Blair coached the Razorbacks from 1993-2003 and guided them to the 1998 Women’s Final Four.
Comcast Sports will be in Aggieland for a special Valentine’s Day game when the Aggies host Florida at 8 p.m. at Reed Arena.
The Aggies lone appearance on the SEC Network will be on March 3, the final day of the regular season, when LSU visits Reed Arena for a 1 p.m. contest.
Many games will be available on ESPN3.com and via ESPN Full Court, the pay subscription service for out-of-market games.
In addition, many of the games not selected by the SEC television agreement, will be offered by the 12th Man TV subscription web video service at AggieAthletics.com.
Texas A&M returns two starters and eight letterwinners from its 2011-12 squad that finished 24-11 overall and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years.
The Aggies’ 2012-13 schedule opens with three top-20 programs and four straight NCAA Championship contenders from a year ago. A&M opens its season on Nov. 9 at Louisville, which finished ranked No. 16 at the end of the year. The Aggies open their seven-game home stretch on Nov. 14 with NCAA Sweet 16 participant Penn State. The much-anticipated UConn contest follows on Nov. 18
The home stand wraps up with Louisiana Tech on Dec. 4 and TCU on Dec. 8.
In just its second road game of the season, Texas A&M travels to USC on Dec. 15 and stays out west for the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas Dec. 19-21. The Aggies play three games in a tournament that features Notre Dame, Kansas State, Old Dominion, UNLV and a sixth team yet to be determined. Notre Dame was the NCAA runner-up in both 2011 and 2012, while both K-State (NCAA Second Round) and UNLV (WNIT) were postseason participants.
The SEC schedule is a single round robin with one permanent opponent and two random opponents. A&M hosts Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and LSU. Road games are at Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi State, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.
The Aggies will host a school-record 17 regular-season games at Reed Arena during the 2012-13 season.
“I really believe we have the hardest schedule as far as SEC teams on it this year,” Blair said. “That’s probably one of the reasons we’ve been selected for so many television games. We have the hardest conference schedule, and we have one of the hardest non-conference schedules in the country.”
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at: tickets.12thmanfoundation.com, over the phone by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE or in person at the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center.
The Aggies will open the season with an exhibition game against Oklahoma City University on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Reed Arena.
2012-13 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball TV Schedule
Date Game Network Time (CST)
Sunday, Nov. 18 Connecticut at Texas A&M ESPN2 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 6 Texas A&M at Arkansas FSN 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20 TexasA&M at Georgia ESPN2 4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27 Missouri at Texas A&M ESPNU 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 Vanderbilt at Texas A&M FSN 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 4 Texas A&M at LSU ESPN2 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14 Florida at Texas A&M CSS 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 18 Kentucky at Texas A&M ESPN2 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN2 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 Texas A&M at Tennessee CSS 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network 1 p.m.
FSN: FS Southwest, Sport South, Sun Sports
CSS: Comcast Sports Southeast
SEC Network: Over-the-air syndication package