Aggie Basketball Game #27:
Tennessee (16-10, 7-6 SEC) at Texas A&M (15-11, 6-7 SEC)
Feb. 22, 2014 · 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: ESPNU (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Jon Sundvold, 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 MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION – For the second time in less than 48 hours the Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back in action at Reed Arena when it hosts Tennessee on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Aggies (15-11, 6-7 SEC) have been one of the toughest teams to beat on their home court this season as they hold an impressive 14-2 record inside Reed Arena including a 63-48 win over Alabama Wednesday night.
Tennessee (16-10, 7-6 SEC), meanwhile, enters the weekend tied for fourth place in the SEC standings alongside LSU, Missouri and Ole Miss, while the Aggies sit just a game back.
Saturday’s match-up will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (commentary) calling all the action. The game will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.
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 and Volunteers have already faced off once this season as Texas A&M earned a come-from-behind 57-56 win at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 11. Trailing by two in the game's closing moments, Aggie sophomore Antwan Space sank a 3-point basket with just 4.4 seconds remaining to lift A&M to a big road win.
Junior Jamal Jones also turned heads in the contest as he scored 20 of his game-high 23 points after halftime, finishing with a total of five 3-point baskets.
Last season, the Aggies and Volunteers traded blows at Reed Arena in a four-overtime thriller which eventually went the way of the visitors.
Tennessee will be well rested for their visit to Aggieland as the Volunteers are coming off a 67-48 home win over Georgia on Tuesday night.
Vol guard Jordan McRae stands out as one of the SEC’s top scoring threats as the senior ranks fourth in the league with a 19.3 points-per-game average this season. On the interior, junior Jarnell Stokes stands out as one of the country’s top big men, averaging a double-double at 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.
• In just two seasons as conference mates in the SEC, the competition between the Aggies and Volunteers on the hardwood has been fierce as each of the last two meetings have come down to the wire.
• Earlier this season on Jan. 11th, Texas A&M earned a come-from-behind 57-56 victory inside Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville ... Sophomore Antwan Space silenced the orange-clad faithful by sinking a game-winning 3-pointer with just 4.4 seconds left in the contest ... Aggie junior Jamal Jones paced all scorers with 23 points, 20 of which came after halftime.
• Jones remains one of the most lethal scoring options in the SEC this season ... The Wynne, Ark., native has recorded at least 17 points in five straight contests to rank 12th in the SEC by averaging 15.8 points per league game.
• A year ago, the two squads engaged in an epic four-overtime thriller at Reed Arena ... Tennessee eventually prevailed with a 95-85 win despite a memorable 38-point outing by A&M's Elston Turner.
• Saturday's contest will be the eighth all-time between the Aggies and Volunteers and just third as SEC members ... Overall the Vols own a 5-2 edge in the series.
• 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 62.3 points per contest ... During Thursday's victory over Alabama, the Aggies held the Crimson Tide to just 48 points, their second lowest scoring output of the season.
• Freshman Shawn Smith has started each of the last nine games for the Aggies, averaging 7.4 points per contest ... The Jacksonville, Fla., native continues to excel on the defensive end and often draws the assignment of guarding the opposition's best perimeter scorer.
• Reed Arena has provided a decisive home-court advantage for the Aggies this season as they are 14-2 inside their home facility.
• Sophomore Alex Caruso continues to be the SEC's leader in both assists (118) and assists per game (4.5).
SERIES HISTORY VS. TENNESSEE (UT LEADS 5-2)
• Saturday will be the eighth meeting between the Aggies and Volunteers on the hardwood ... Tennessee owns a 5-2 edge in the all-time series.
• The first clash between the two schools this season came on Jan. 11 in Knoxville and ended in dramatic fashion ... A&M's Antwan Space hit a 3-pointer with just 4.4 seconds remaining to lift the Aggies to a 57-56 come-from-behind victory.
• A year ago, the two squads engaged in a four-overtime thriller at Reed Arena which saw the Vols emerge with a 93-85 victory ... A&M's Elston Turner set a Reed Arena scoring record (men's games only) during the contest by finishing with 38 points.
• The first meeting between the schools came on Dec. 15, 1951, in Knoxville ... The Vols earned a 60-52 win.
• Prior to becoming conference partners in the SEC, most recent meetings between the schools came during a home-and-home series in back-to-back seasons with A&M winning 83-66 in College Station on Dec. 4, 2002, before dropping a 108-84 decision at Tennessee on Dec. 2, 2003.
• The Aggies first win in the series came in College Station on Dec. 4, 2002 ... A&M's Antoine Wright logged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Aggies to an 83-66 victory.
The Aggies are back on the road next week when they pay a visit to the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La., to battle LSU on Wednesday ... The game is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by SEC TV.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
• A&M is 83-20 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 30-17 mark in conference games.
• The Aggies are 117-25 (.824) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 149-31 (.828) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
• A&M has won 63 of its last 75 home games against unranked opponents (23 of last 32 in conference play).
• A&M is 191-72 (.726) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 149-31 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 – FEB. 22 VS. TENNESSEE
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.
The top two Greek organizations in attendance will receive a $250 gift card from H-E-B for their house.
Make sure to sign-in at the 12th Man Rewards Table at the Student Entrance under your organization to be sure your group receives credit. Must sign in before halftime.
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 1 p.m. to 1:40 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.