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Aggies Set to Face Sooners in OKC Saturday

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Aggies Set to Face Sooners in OKC Saturday

 

Aggie Basketball Game #9:

Texas A&M (7-1; 0-0 SEC) vs. Oklahoma (6-2; 0-0 Big 12)

Saturday · Dec. 15, 2012 · 1:00 p.m. (CT)

Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

TV: ESPNU

  Dave Armstrong, Play-by-Play

  Reid Gettys, 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

 

 TICKETS: Available at the Chesapeake Energy Box Office or Online at Ticketmaster.com

  COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M men's basketball team puts its four-game winning streak on the line Saturday when it travels to Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena to face Oklahoma at 1 p.m. during the All-College Classic.

 The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys calling the action. Fans can also listen to the game on 1620 AM locally in Bryan/College Station or on-line at www.aggieathletics.com.

 Texas A&M (7-1) extended its most recent winning streak to four games on Dec. 5 when it defeated previously unbeaten Stephen F. Austin 62-54 at Reed Arena. The Aggies are beginning to garner some national recognition for their strong start to the season, as this week RealTimeRPI.com ranked A&M sixth nationally in its team RPI report with A&M owning the 11th highest strength of schedule in the country.

 Senior guard Elston Turner enters Saturday's contest 11th in the SEC in scoring with a 16.3 point per game average and has reached double-figures in points each game this season. Additionally, Turner sits second in the league and 47th nationally with a .431 shooting percentage from 3-point range.

 Fellow senior Ray Turner has also been a steady force for the Aggies, tying for the team lead with 15 points in the win over SFA and pulling down 19 rebounds during his last two contests.

 In addition to the solid leadership from its seniors, the Aggies' early season success has been due in no small part to the team's newcomers.

 Junior college transfers Fabyon Harris and Andrew Young have both made their impact during their first season at the Division I level. Harris, a junior guard from Chicago, has started seven of eight games this season and is the Aggies' third leading scoring by averaging 9.3 points per contest. Young, meanwhile, has been a physical presence for the Aggies and is coming off a season-high nine-point performance against SFA during which he went 3-for-3 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

 Texas A&M's dynamic duo of local freshman guards has also turned heads this season and drawn praise from Aggie coaches and opponents alike.

 Bryan High School product J'Mychal Reese is coming off one of his best offensive performances during his most recent outing against SFA. Reese tied his career-best with 15 points against the Lumberjacks, going 5-of-8 from the field with four rebounds and four assists. Crosstown teammate Alex Caruso, who hails from College Station's A&M Consolidated High School, has also made his presence felt by leading the Aggies in assists (26), steals (18) and blocks (6) this season.

 Oklahoma, meanwhile, enters Saturday's contest with a 6-2 record and has won three of its last four games. The Sooners will be facing their second consecutive SEC opponent after falling to Arkansas 81-78 in Fayetteville on Dec. 4.

 Senior Romero Osby leads OU in scoring with an average of 12.5 points per game and has enjoyed success in his career vs. the Aggies, averaging 19.7 points in three games against Texas A&M.

 Saturday's game will be a strange reunion for the two programs, who will meet as non-conference foes after playing annually as members of the Big 12 Conferences from 1997 to last season. The contest will also mark the first scheduled regular season meeting between a Texas A&M team and a Big 12 school in a head-to-head contest since the Aggies left the league for the SEC this summer.

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