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Aggies Return Home to Face Vanderbilt

January 24, 2014
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Aggie Basketball Game #19:

Vanderbilt (9-8, 1-4 SEC) at Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2 SEC)

Jan. 25, 2014 · 12:00 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

  Mike Caruso, 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

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COLLEGE STATION – Following two consecutive road games, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team returns to its home court Saturday afternoon when it entertains Vanderbilt in a Noon contest at Reed Arena.

Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2) hopes the homecoming to familiar surroundings will spark a return to the win column after suffering its first SEC losses of the season last week at Mississippi State and Kentucky. Reed Arena has been a marked home court advantage for the Aggies this season as they are 11-1 on their home court.

The Aggies enter the weekend sharing fifth place in the SEC standings alongside LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Saturday’s match-up will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sun (commentary) calling all the action. 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).

Rookie Davonte Fitzgerald has been one of the many bright spots for the Aggies this season and enters the Vandy contest as the SEC’s reigning Freshman of the Week. The Atlanta native earned the weekly honor after averaging 16.5 points on nearly 60 percent shooting from the field and 3.5 rebounds against South Carolina and Mississippi State.

Fitzgerald has played in all 18 games this season and is averaging 12.8 points per game during SEC play to rank fifth among league freshman.

Saturday will mark just the third-ever meeting between the Aggies and Commodores on the hardwood and the first in College Station. Last season, Vanderbilt earned a 63-56 victory over A&M on Feb. 16 inside Memorial Gym in Nashville.

This year, the Commodores own a 9-8 overall record with a 1-4 mark in SEC play despite being competitive in each contest. Their lone victory in league action came at home against a talented Missouri team on Jan. 16. Vandy is 0-4 on the road this season under 15th year head coach Kevin Stallings.

 

QUICK HITS

• The Aggies enter the week with a 3-2 record in league play to share fifth place in the SEC standings alongside LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

• Texas A&M and Vanderbilt have met only two previous times on the hardwood, most recently a 63-56 Commodores win in Nashville last season ... Saturday will be the first meeting between the schools in College Station.

• Texas A&M is 11-1 on its home court this season and 147-29 (.835) inside Reed Arena since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

• During SEC play, the Aggies lead the league in 3-point shooting at 42.1 percent.

• Freshman Davonte Fitzgerald continues to improve during his first season on the court for the Aggies ... The Atlanta, Ga., enters the weekend ranking fifth among SEC freshman scoring 12.8 points per game in league play ... Fitzgerald is shooting .523 during SEC games.

• Sophomore Alex Caruso remains the SEC's leader in assists (91) and assists per game (5.1) while ranking fourth in steals per game (2.2).

 

SERIES HISTORY VS. VANDERBILT (VANDY LEADS 2-0)

• Saturday will be just the third meeting between the Aggies and Commodores on the hardwood.

• Last season, Vanderbilt earned a 63-56 win on Feb. 16 over the Aggies inside Memorial Gym in Nashville.

• The only meeting between the schools prior to last year came on Dec. 3, 1955, in Nashville ... The Commodores prevailed with a 79-69 victory.

• A&M's Billy Kennedy is 1-2 against Vanderbilt during his career as a head coach.

 

UP NEXT

The Aggies hit the road once again as they travel to Columbia, S.C., to battle South Carolina on Wednesday ... The game is set to tip-off at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be streamed by ESPN3.

 

FITZGERALD HONORED AS SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (JAN. 20)

Texas A&M’s Davonte Fitzgerald was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office on Jan. 20.

Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-7, 201-pound freshman forward from Atlanta, Ga., earned the weekly honor after averaging 16.5 points on nearly 60 percent shooting from the field and 3.5 rebounds against South Carolina and Mississippi State.

The Aggie rookie went 6-for-7 from the floor to contribute 13 points with three rebounds in a Texas A&M win over South Carolina last Wednesday.  Returning to the court on Saturday at Mississippi State, Fitzgerald produced his biggest offensive output of the season by finishing with a career-high 20 points with four rebounds while logging a personal best 32 minutes against the Bulldogs.

Fitzgerald has played in all 18 games this season and is averaging 12.8 points per game during SEC play to rank fifth among league freshman.

 

REED ARENA SUCCESS

• A&M is 85-19 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2008-09 season with a 30-16 mark in conference games.

• The Aggies are 114-24 (.826) at home since the start of the 2006-07 season and are 147-29 (.835) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

• A&M has won 61 of its last 72 home games against unranked opponents (20 of last 25 in conference play).

• A&M is 188-70 (.729) in 15 seasons at Reed Arena ... the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 147-29 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.

 

CARUSO REACHES MILESTONES FOR CAREER ASSISTS & STEALS

In less than two seasons wearing a Texas A&M uniform, sophomore Alex Caruso has developed into one of the most dynamic players in the Southeastern Conference and recently achieved impressive career milestones in a pair of statistical categories.

The College Station, Texas, native collected his 200th assist at Mississippi State on Jan. 18th and stands out as one of the fastest Aggies to reach the milestone, marking the accomplishment in only his 50th career game.

Additionally, Caruso reached the 100-steal mark just three days later during the Kentucky game on Jan. 21 to become the 18th member of Texas A&M's 100-Club and just the fifth Aggie to do so in just two seasons. He enters the Vanderbilt game ranking 20th in program history with 101 career steals to trail former A&M guard B.J. Holmes (109 steals from 2007-2011) by eight steals for 17th place on the all-time list.

 

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 – JAN. 25 VS. VANDERBILT

KIDS’ COURT

Prior to the game kids (sixth grade and younger) can participate in “Kids’ Court” inside the men’s practice gym from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Kids will have the chance to shoot baskets or participate in poster making, face painting and other activities.

Kids and parents can access “Kids’ Court” by entering the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball from the arena concourse and follow the signage for “Kids’ Court”.

 

FREE 12TH MAN TOWELS HANDED OUT TO STUDENTS

Students will receive 12th Man Towels on Saturday as they enter Reed Arena.

 

FIRST 500 STUDENTS RECEIVE RUDY’S BREAKFAST TACOS

The first 500 students to arrive at the VIP Student Entrance of Reed Arena, located at the Northeast corner or right of the main entrance, will be served Rudy’s breakfast tacos beginning at 10:30 a.m.. There will also be a DJ present at the VIP student entrance to get fans pumped up for the game.

 

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 December and January 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.

 

BUNDLE MEN’S & WOMEN’S HOOPS TICKETS TO SAVE

It’s a big weekend for basketball in Aggieland as the men host Vanderbilt on Saturday and the Aggie women return to the court at Reed Arena Sunday to face Tennessee.

Fans can catch both games and save up to $12 when buying tickets for both games at once by contacting the 12th Man Foundation. For more information or to buy tickets CLICK HERE

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