Aggies on the road again to face Alabama

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COLLEGE STATION -- Aggie Basketball Game #14:
Texas A&M (6-7, 0-2 SEC) at Alabama (10-4, 1-1 SEC)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 • 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Coleman Coliseum (15,383) • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Mike Morgan, Play-by-Play
Pat Bradley, Commentary

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network/1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
Andrew Monaco, Play-by-Play
John Thornton, Commentary

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The Texas A&M men's basketball team will round out a week of conference road games at Alabama Saturday afternoon. The Aggies are looking to get back on track after falling at No. 18 Kentucky on Tuesday night, 85-74. Four Aggies reached double figures in one of the team's best shooting performances of the season, but turnovers plagued A&M throughout the night. Alabama recently snapped a five-game winning streak with an 88-79 loss at LSU earlier this week, after opening league play with a win over Kentucky at home.

Texas A&M Quick Hits
• TJ Starks followed up a 23-point performance in the conference opener to help lead the way with 18 points at Kentucky. He has led the Aggies in scoring four times.
• Jay Jay Chandler shot 78-percent from the field to help pace A&M with 18 points at Kentucky.
• Savion Flagg followed up his second double-double of the season with 13 points, going 3-4 from beyond the arc, and nine rebounds at Kentucky.
• A&M had one of its best shooting nights of the season at Kentucky, shooting 47.1 percent from three and 92.3 percent from the free throw line.
• Wendell Mitchell matched a season high with five assists against the Wildcats, also notching his first double-digit scoring game of SEC play.
• Five of the nine Aggies that saw the court against Arkansas made their SEC debut.
• A&M saw seven different Aggies lead the team in scoring through 11 non-conference games to start the season.
• The Aggies notched a pair of milestones with the victory over South Alabama, as Coach Kennedy earned the 350th win of his career and the program reached 250 wins in Reed Arena.

Series Info
• Saturday's contest will be the 19th meeting between the Aggies and the Crimson Tide on the hardwood and the ninth between the schools as SEC competitors. Alabama leads the all-time series 11-8, 6-1 in Tuscaloosa.
• During the regular season last year, the two schools split a pair of meetings with the Crimson Tide winning 79-57 on Dec. 30 in Tuscaloosa, before A&M evened the season series with a 68-66 victory in College Station on March 3.
• They met for a third time at the end of the season, facing off in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Alabama's Collin Sexton hit a buzzer beater in the lane to seal the 71-70 victory.
• Alabama won the first six games in the series, before the Aggies went on a three-game win streak against the Crimson Tide.
• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 3-8 against Alabama.
• The two schools first met on December 19, 1958, when the Bob Rodgers-led Aggies fell to Alabama 66-62 in the Birmingham Classic ... The Aggies had to wait 40 years for their first win against the Tide when they won 65-58 in College Station on Dec. 1, 1998.

SEC Action
• The Aggies in their seventh season as a member of the SEC. A&M is 3-4 all-time in SEC openers and 66-54 in league play.
• Five of the nine Aggies that saw the court in the team's league opener against Arkansas made their SEC debuts.
• Sophomores Jay Jay Chandler, Savion Flagg and TJ Starks are in their second year in the SEC, while grad transfer Christian Mekowulu, junior JUCO transfer Wendell Mitchell, junior Division I transfer Josh Nebo, sophomore JUCO transfer Brandon Mahan and redshirt freshman John Walker III played their first SEC game against Arkansas.
• Starks started the last ten games of conference play last season and was eventually named to the All-Freshman team. He was also named to the SEC Preseason Second Team by the league's coaches.

Two For 20
• A&M started conference play seeing two Aggies score 20-plus points in the same game for the second time this season, as sophomores Savion Flagg and TJ Starks led the team in the opener.
• Flagg recorded his second double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 15 boards, while Starks matched his career high with 23 points, 17 coming in the second half.
• The first time two Aggies put up 20 points in the same game was when Brandon Mahan and Christian Mekowulu set season highs with 20 points apiece in the win over Valpo.
• Mahan knocked down four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc in the game, while Mekowulu went 8-for-9 from the field.