Aggie Basketball Game #6:
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-3) at Texas A&M (5-0)
Nov. 26, 2013 · 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: FSN (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Ron Thulin, Play-by-Play
Jim Haller, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
LIVE MOBLIE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back on the court Tuesday night when it puts its perfect 5-0 record on the line against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. inside Reed Arena.
The game will be televised on FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (commentary) calling all the action from Aggieland. Check with your cable provider for availability and channel listings in your 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).
The Aggies improved to 5-0 in style on Sunday by defeating previously undefeated Sam Houston State 79-62 at Reed Arena. A&M hit the boards hard in the contest, owning a dominant 41-29 advantage in the rebounding column while getting offensive contributions from 11 players who all recorded points in the win.
Sophomore forward Antwan Space led the way for the Aggies as he paced the team in both points (12) and rebounding (9) to narrowly miss out on the first his double-double of his career.
Additionally, the Aggies’ guard corps got a boost as Sunday saw the return of sophomore J-Mychal Reese who missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension. The Bryan, Texas, native contributed five points, four rebounds and a pair of assists in 15 minutes of action during the victory.
The Golden Lions, meanwhile, come to Aggieland with a 2-3 record on the season after dropping their last three contests, most recently an 87-61 setback to SMU in Dallas on Sunday.
• Sunday's victory over previously unbeaten Sam Houston State saw Texas A&M improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when the Aggies won seven straight games to begin the season.
• Sophomore forward Antwan Space continues to get more comfortable on the court after sitting out all of last season following his transfer from Florida State ... Space led the Aggies in scoring for the first time during his A&M career during the win over SHSU, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting ... additionally, the DeSoto, Texas, native came just short of his first career double-double by pulling down nine rebounds.
• Joining Space with an impressive offensive contribution against the Bearkats was senior guard Fabyon Harris who came off the bench to reach double-digits with 10 points on perfect 2-of-2 shooting from 3-point range and a 4-of-4 mark from the free throw line ... overall, 11 different Aggies scored during the win with 35 of the team’s 79 points coming from non-starters.
• Sophomore guard J-Mychal Reese made his season debut in the contest and contributed five points, four rebounds and two assists.
• Fellow second-year guard Alex Caruso enters Tuesday's contest pacing the SEC in both assists (29) and steals (16).
• Forward Kourtney Roberson, meanwhile, leads the league in field goal percentage at .737.
• With so many new faces on this season's squad, head coach Billy Kennedy and staff are working toward finding the best on-court rotation for the Aggies but seem to have taken a liking to the starting line-up of Alex Caruso, Shawn Smith, Jordan Green, Antwan Space and Kourtney Roberson, as the starting combination has started each game this season.
• The Aggies are 113-11 (.911) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS –PINE BLUFF
• The Golden Lions enter the week with a 2-3 record on the season and a 1-3 mark away from their home court ... a year ago, UAPB finished 16-14 overall with a 15-3 SWAC record to finish tied for second in the league.
• Arkansas-Pine Bluff began the year with back-to-back wins over Tuskegee and Morehouse College before dropping three straight contests, most recently an 87-61 setback to SMU in Dallas on Sunday.
• The roster features a pair of Preseason First-Team All-SWAC honorees as both forward Davon Haynes and center Daniel Broughton received the accolade ... as a team, the Golden Lions were picked to finish third in the league.
SERIES HISTORY ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (A&M LEADS 3-0)
• Tuesday will mark just the fourth time the Aggies and Golden Lions have squared off on the hardwood ... A&M has earned the victory in each of the previous match-ups.
• The first meeting between the schools came on Nov. 24, 2003, as the Aggies recorded an 82-53 victory at Reed Arena.
• The two most recent meeting also came in Aggieland with A&M defeating UAPB in back-to-back seasons on Dec. 16, 2008, and Nov. 16, 2008, respectively.
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has never faced the Golden Lions as a head coach, while his UAPB counterpart George Ivory is 0-2 against A&M.
Texas A&M will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Corpus Christi, Texas, to take part in the 2013 Corpus Christi Challenge ... The Aggies will face Missouri State on Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network before returning to the court on Saturday to take on either SMU or Virginia.
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.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 79-18 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 26-16 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 108-23 (.824) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 141-28 (.834) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 55 of its last 65 home games against unranked opponents (18 of last 23 in conference play).
• A&M is 182-69 (.725) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 141-28 since.
• Texas A&M are 5-0 in non-conference games at Reed Arena this season ... the Aggies are 113-11 (.911) 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.
AGGIE BASKETBALL ADDS ATHLETIC GUARD
Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy announced Nov. 14 the addition of Sidy Ndir, a 6-foot-3 guard and native of Senegal, to the Aggies’ signing class.
Ndir is described as an athletic lefty guard with solid ball handling skills who has the ability to create offensive chances for both himself and his teammates.
Ndir drew national attention following his showing at the 2012 and 2013 ADIDAS Nations events in Orange County, Calif., where he ran point guard for Team Africa. Following the conclusion of the 2013 event he was named Most Outstanding International Player.
A&M SIGNS METROPLEX STANDOUT ALEX ROBINSON
Head coach Billy Kennedy announced on Nov. 13 the signing of point guard Alex Robinson who will join the Aggie basketball program next fall in advance of the 2014-15 season.
Robinson is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, rivals.com and scout.com which also lists him as the 10th best point guard and the 47th overall prospect nationally. Additionally, ESPN regards him as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Texas and the 13th highest-ranked point guard recruit in the country. Robinson, who is listed as 6-foot-1 and over 170 pounds, is currently in his senior season at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, where he is a four-year starter for the Wolves.
A season ago, Robinson earned all-region honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as all-district accolades after averaging 17 points, six assists and three steals per contest as a junior.
The lefty point guard is described by many as being a tough and confident player with impressive passing skills and the ability to beat opponents off the drive.
Robinson was also recruited by Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Marquette, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, SMU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.
AGGIE BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS
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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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