Game 18 • Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 7 p.m. • SEC Game
No. 8 AP / No. 8 Coaches’ South Carolina Gamecocks (16-1, 4-0 SEC) at
No. 25 AP / No. 21 Coaches’ Texas A&M Aggies (13-4, 3-0 SEC)
College Station, Texas • Reed Arena (12,989)
Television: FS Southwest+ (Ron Thulin, Brenda VanLengen)
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (Mike Wright, Tap Bentz)
No. 25 Texas A&M hosts No. 8 South Carolina in a matchup for sole possession of first place in the SEC standings on Thursday night at 7 p.m. inside Reed Arena.
South Carolina is the fourth Top 10 team to visit Reed Arena since 2012-13, and the Aggies’ 10th game against a Top 10 team since 2012-13.
The first 100 students receive gift cards to Raising Cane's, and there will be a Raising Cane's eating contest at halftime, with the winner taking a $50 Raising Cane's gift card, a Raising Cane’s t-shirt and some Ag swag.
In addition, several ticket specials are available for this game. Check the full list of promotions here.
The Aggies are on a six-game winning streak and an eight game home winning streak, and put that on the line against South Carolina’s seven-game winning streak on Thursday evening. Texas A&M’s last two games were wins over ranked opponents, No. 12 LSU and No. 25 Georgia, on the road, the first back-to-back wins over ranked opponents for the Aggies since the Aggies won three games against ranked opponents to win the 2013 SEC Tournament.
South Carolina enters the game at 16-1, with its lone loss coming to North Carolina. The Gamecocks also have started 4-0 in SEC play, matching their best SEC start in program history. Freshman Alaina Coates averages 12.4 points per game, and is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week.
For this game, both coaching staffs are wearing pink ribbons in honor of South Carolina Assistant Coach Nikki McCray, who earlier this week announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The game is televised on FS Southwest+, which can be found on most cable and satellite providers. The game airs on 677-1 (HD) on DirecTV and 9581 on Dish Network. Bryan-College Station’s Suddenlink is showing the game on Fox College Sports/Channel 133. Fox Sports Southwest Plus is typically on these stations in their broadcast area, but coverage varies, so check your local listings for availability.
The game is broadcast on the Texas A&M Sports Network with Mike Wright and Tap Bentz on the call. The game can be heard on KZNE 1150 AM in Bryan-College Station.
After this game, the Aggies host Mississippi State on Sunday, January 19th at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs are coached by long-time Texas A&M assistant coach Vic Schaefer.