Menís Hoops Hosts LA Tech to Tip-Off Season
Aggie Basketball Game #1:
Texas A&M (0-0; 0-0 SEC) vs. Louisiana Tech (0-0; 0-0 WAC)
November 9, 2012 · 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
Dave Baker, Play-by-Play
Larry Conley, Commentary
DirecTV 646 (FS South) & 656 (Sun Sports alternate)
Dish 420 (FS South) & Dish alt-443 (FS Southwest Plus)
- FS Southwest or FS Southwest Plus--Check with your cable provider for availability in your area
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Colin Killian, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It's basketball season once again in Aggieland as the Texas A&M men's basketball team will tip-off its 2012-13 campaign Friday night at Reed Arena with an 8 p.m. contest against Louisiana Tech.
The game will be televised on FSN with Dave Baker and Larry Conley calling all the action. Check with your cable provider for coverage in your area.
Texas A&M is kicking off its 101st season of basketball and will be under the direction of second-year head coach Billy Kennedy who welcomes back nine letterwinners from last season's squad as well as seven talented newcomers.
Among the familiar faces back on the court this season will be returning starters senior guard Elston Turner (Sacramento, Calif.) and junior center Keith Davis (Dallas, Texas). Turner led the Aggies in scoring last season at 13.8 points per game, while Davis was a force on the defensive end, averaging nearly four rebounds a contest with a team-best 19 blocks.
Senior forward Ray Turner (Houston, Texas) and sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson (Arcadia, La.), whose season was cut short last season due to an injury, highlight seven other returner letterwinners for the Aggies.
Fellow newcomer Fabyon Harris, who comes to Aggieland after two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho, impressed during his first appearance wearing the Maroon & White by scoring a game-high 28 points in an exhibition victory over Incarnate Word on Saturday.
Louisiana Tech comes to College Station after an 18-16 campaign a year ago that saw it finish fifth in the WAC with a 6-8 league mark. The Bulldogs, who are guided by second-year head coach Michael White, return nine letterwinners and three starters from last season and were picked to finish fourth in a preseason poll of the WAC coaches.
Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech have meet just five time previously on the hardwood, with the Aggies holding a 3-2 edge in the all-time series. The most recent meeting came on Nov. 18, 2006, when the 12th-ranked Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 75-59 inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena.
Tickets for Friday's game are available on game day at Reed Arena or by logging onto tickets.12thmanfoundation.com.
Season tickets are on also sale and fans are encouraged to make sure they have a seat for all the exciting Aggie basketball action by visiting the 12th Man Foundation's Ticket Center or calling 1-(888)-992-4443.
AGGIE QUICK HIT NOTES
• The Aggies have won 11 straight season-opening games and 12 straight home openers ... A&M is playing its season opener at home for the 12th consecutive year.
• November 9th matches the earliest start to a season in school history ... the 2007-08 and 2011-12 campaigns each also began on Nov. 9.
• The Aggies return two starters (Elston Turner, Keith Davis) and nine total letterwinners (Daniel Alexander, Keith Davis, Jordan Green, Jarod Jahns, Grant Jolly, Blake McDonald, Elston Turner and Ray Turner) ... overall, A&M returns 50.7 percent of its scoring output from the 2011-12 campaign, highlighted by leading scorer Elston Turner, who averaged 13.8 points per game a year ago.
• The Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech contest is part of the 2012 Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic ... the event will also see the Aggies face Troy at Reed Arena on Nov. 12 before the tournament's scene shifts to Kansas City's Sprint Center ... in KC, A&M will face Saint Louis on Nov. 19 in the CBE semifinals before facing Kansas or Washington State the next day.
• The Aggies are 100-10 (.909) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall of 1998.
• Texas A&M & Louisiana Tech have met five times on the hardwood, with the Aggies holding a 3-2 advantage ... the last meeting produced a 75-59 A&M win on Nov. 18, 2006, at Reed Arena.
• Head coach Billy Kennedy returners for his second season in Aggieland ... in his 15th overall season as a head coach, Kennedy owns a 225-197 (.533) career record ... The two-time Ohio Valley Coach of the Year has enjoyed success at previous head coaching positions at Murray State, Southeastern Louisiana and Centenary before taking his current position at A&M.
• Kennedy has faced Louisiana Tech twice, with both meetings occurring when Kennedy was coaching at Murray State.
2012 EDWARD JONES CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
The Texas A&M men's basketball team has been selected to serve as an opening-round host for the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Texas A&M, which will play four games during the course of the event, joins other host schools Kansas, Saint Louis and Washington State as the sites for the tournament's opening-round games, beginning on Nov. 9. Each team will play two games on campus before advancing to the championship rounds on Nov. 19-20 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Joining the four host schools in the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic are Eastern Washington, Louisiana Tech, Santa Clara, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Troy, USC-Upstate and Utah Valley. Santa Clara and Tennessee-Chattanooga will serve as sub-hosts for games played November 18-23.
The Aggies will face Louisiana Tech to begin the event and kick off the 2012-13 season on their home court at Reed Arena on Nov. 9 before returning action Nov. 12 when A&M will play host to Troy.
ESPN Networks will broadcast the four championship round games. The semifinal doubleheader featuring Texas A&M and Saint Louis will be aired on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. (CT), followed by Washington State and Kansas on ESPN2. The next evening, the consolation game will be shown on ESPN3 at 6:00 p.m. (CT), followed by the championship game on ESPNU.
Tickets for the championship round games at the Sprint Center are on sale and may be purchased through www.axs.com, www.sprintcenter.com, or www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
• Louisiana Tech is coming off an 18-16 season that saw it finish fifth in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-8 league mark.
• The Bulldogs return nine letterwinners and three starters - Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby (6-2, 160), sophomore guard Kenneth Smith (6-3, 185) and senior Brandon Gibson (6-5, 210) ... Appleby won WAC Freshman of the Year honors a year ago, while leading the team in scoring with a 13.9 point per game average ... Gibson led the Bulldogs with 156 rebounds and Smith dished out a team-best 142 assists.
• Second-year head coach Michael White returns after guiding Louisiana Tech to the WAC Tournament final for the first time in school history a year ago ... Prior to taking his post at La Tech, White spent sevent years as an assistant coach at Ole Miss.
• Louisiana Tech's men's basketball program won its 1,200 all-time victory on March 1, 2012 ... The Bulldogs have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 1991.
A&M-LA TECH CONNECTIONS
• Texas A&M RS sophomore forward Courtney Roberson has a unique connection to the Louisiana Tech basketball program as his father, Victor King, played at LA Tech from 1976-79 and earned all-conference honors for the Bulldogs in 1978 and 1979 ... King ranks 17th on the all-time scoring list at La Tech with 1,420 career points.
• Texas A&M assistant coach Kyle Keller served as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech from 1990-94, helping lead the program to the postseason twice.